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Sisters Remember Their Father, A ‘Family Man’ Who Made Their Childhood Musical

Sisters Remember Their Father, A 'Family Man' Who Made Their Childhood Musical
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By JO CORONA

Although sisters Carmencristina Moreno and Rosemary Selzer were born 14 years apart, they both have vivid memories of growing up surrounded by music. Their parents were Mexican folk music stars, known as Los Moreno, in Los Angeles between the 1930s and ’50s. The sisters, Carmencristina, now 81, and Rosemary, 67, came to StoryCorps to remember their late father, Luis M. Moreno, and the bittersweet legacy he left behind.

A young Luis M. Moreno, one half of the musical duo Los Moreno. “There was always music in the house,” Rosemary said. “Dad composed his own songs. He would sit in the back seat of the white station wagon that we used to call La Paloma with a pad and a pencil. He would say, ‘Well, this is the only place I can get some peace and quiet to write.’ ”

Their father would scribble lyrics onto whatever paper he could find, however unconventional. “No blank cardboard was safe,” said Carmencristina. When she was around 13 years old, Rosemary remembered her parents playing for money in cantinas on weekends, as the audience stuffed […]

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