José “Joe” Reyna, the accordion player and leader of Conjunto Cielito, was born on November 15, 1928, in Uhland, Texas. He recorded four sides with the Corona Records label in San Antonio. Although he spent most of his formative years in Lockhart, he eventually moved to the Montopolis neighborhood of Austin, where he started a family and played music while also driving a dump truck to make ends meet.
Don Jose Reyna is credited with composing the polka “De Austin A San Antonio,” but his grandson Christopher Reyna believes that he wrote most, if not all, of Conjunto Cielito’s songs. Conjunto Cielito also accompanied Dueto Rio Rojo on one of their sides, the interesting corrido called “Los Veteranos,” which deserves a post of its own due to its historical significance.
Don José Reyna passed away on August 23, 2003, leaving behind many personal recordings and compositions, as well as his footprint in the four commercially recorded sides. We extend our gratitude to Christopher Reyna for providing pictures and information that shed light on this Conjunto. Thank you for taking the time to read this post
Biography provided by: Christopher Reyna – Grandson of José Reyna