DeLeon inducted into Tejano Roots Hall of Fame
Arnulfo Acuna DeLeon, of Kingsville, was recently inducted into the Tejano Roots Hall of Fame Museum, Class of 2013. The ceremony for this year’s inductees will take place in Alice at the VFW Hall, Saturday, Jan. 4. DeLeon started playing his accordion at the age of 15 years old.
He learned to play the accordion from his teacher and friend, the late Sam Falcon, also of Kingsville. Another musician from Kingsville that inspired him to learn music was his cousin, Joe Alaniz, a player of the Bajo Sexto and a Tejano Roots Hall of Famer.
DeLeon grew up in the era of Tony De La Rosa, Conjunto Bernal and Enrique Vela.
He played with groups such as Anita y Julian Gutierrez, The Moya Bros. and many others. Later, he joined Los Hermanos De La Rosa, Adan and Alfredo.
He has over 75 studio recordings with different record labels like Armando Marroquin, Hacienda Records, El Zarape Records, Canasta Records and Jesse Perez Recordings.
DeLeon also served his country in the U.S. Air Force and retired from civil service and is still playing his accordion today.