ABOUT LOS AGUILARES: The legendary group grew out of Conjunto Guadalupano, a conjunto trio formed at Our Lady of Guadalupe on El Paso Street which included Emilio, Genaro and older brother Frank. Emilio played accordion. Frank played a $50 Martin Macias bajo sexto (a rare youth-sized model) and Genaro played stand-up bass. The 11-year-old had to stand on a wooden crate to play his tololoche. They were three of the nine children of Santos and Dolores Aguilar. During the week, the three boys lived at their grandmother Geronima's home to attend school. On weekends, they worked at the family farm near Lytle. “Like Güero Polkas (KEDA deejay Ricky Davila) always says, ‘It's 51 years and then some,'” joked Genaro Aguilar. “I never thought it was going to keep on going this far. There's so much to be thankful for.” Aguilar credits his nephew, Emilio's son Miguel Aguilar, for keeping the name alive. “If it wasn't for him, I'd have hung it up,” he said. That family feeling is as much a part of Los Aguilares' legacy as are the signature hits “El Parrandero,” “Naci de Este Lado” and “Anhelo.” “It's hard to describe, but it's in the blood,” Aguilar said. “Los Aguilares is a tradition.” It dates back to the early '50s when Frank, Emilio and Genaro would listen to (and join in with) their mom's primos singing rancheras and corridos and playing polkas at family gatherings.