Monday, November 17, 2014
Last week I saw that a Mr. Duarte passed away. I didn't know him personally. The only thing I knew was that the Duarte name was somehow associated with local musicians.
When I mentioned the name to my mother, she recalled that Mr. Duarte was a well-known personality. And my mother in-law mentioned listening to his radio show "Serenata Noctorna." She would frequently call in song requests to Mr. Duarte.
A blog reader tipped me off to a story the Laredo Times did on Mr. Duarte back in 2005. (see clipping below) The admiration fans bestowed upon "Lucky" Duarte over the years is immeasurable. What I was impressed by was that he was doing his Z93 show in his 80s. Unbelievable.
LaredoTejas made mention of "Serenata Nocturna" three years ago.
A person I talked to years back was disappointed that Laredo didn't have a music hall of fame. For now we'll have to settle for the memories of local musicians who left their mark on the community.
RIP, Mr. Duarte.