MARIA TERESA DELGADO PEREZ (LA ADELITA DEL NORTE)
Maria Teresa Delgado, also known as La Adelita del Norte, was a singer and performer of Mariachi & Ranchera music. She was born on April 23, 1934, in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico, and lived in San Antonio, Texas, and Gilroy, California, in the United States. Maria Teresa developed a deep passion for music at an early age and began performing at local talent shows in Piedras Negras, Mexico during the early 1950s. Her powerful and passionate voice connected with audiences, and her popularity grew as a result.
In the early 1960s, Maria Teresa Delgado began her recording career as a lead singer and successfully recorded and published 12 records of her songs with “Conjunto de Rey Vega” in the Texas region. She performed live concerts as a lead singer with various bands in the towns of Shallowater, Littlefield, Lubbock, San Antonio, Texas, and throughout San Jose, California, the San Francisco Bay Area, Pompano Beach, Florida, and other cities in the United States, including border towns in Piedras Negras, Acuna, and Nueva Rosita, Mexico.
Her voice and popularity gained her invitations to perform several live songs on special events early in the mornings on local radio stations, such as KAZA Radio Station in San Jose, California, and other radio stations in Texas, to inspire the Latino community and labor farm workers in the regions. She was also invited to perform at stage concerts with other popular Mexican conjuntos and Mariachi bands, such as Los Relampagos Del Norte, in the early 1960s.
Maria Teresa Delgado was also a businesswoman who loved to cook Mexican food and owned a restaurant called “Mi Terra Cafe” located in Littlefield, Texas. The restaurant was a favorite place for many Latino musicians and artist singers to relax and enjoy delicious authentic Mexican food after late-night concerts and visit with La Adelita del Norte during the early 1960s to 1966.
Biography provided by: Regulo Delgado – Son of Maria Teresa Delgado