Grupo Fuerte Presents: The Reunion
Los Aguilas was formed in 1967 by Carlos Maldonado Sr. His first hit song was in 1979 with a song he wrote for his wife entitled, “La De Los Ojos Café” which was released on Freddie Records. Following in his family footsteps in 1982 at the age of 6, Carlos Maldonado Jr. aka “Carlitos,” joined Los Aguilas after just learning how to play the drums. Carlitos played drums for about 8 years while learning the accordion, bass guitar and finally, the Bajo Sexto, making good use of this time on the road.
In 1987 at the age of 12, Carlitos made his debut recording on vocals & Bajo Sexto while his father played accordion. From there, “Carlos y Carlitos Maldonado y Sus Aguilas” was formed. The Texas based group toured extensively throughout the US and Mexico with bands like La Mafia, Los Chachos, Fito Olivares, also with Carlitos’ Godfather, Ramon Ayala, and many more. Carlitos is easily rated as one of the great Bajo Sexto players in the industry and has been titled “The New King of the Bajo Sexto.” It was because of his talent on the Bajo Sexto that led him to join legendary bands like David Lee Garza y Los Musicales, Elsa Garcia and The Hometown Boys.
In the fall of 1996, Carlitos decided to branch out on his own, while his father was considering retirement. He is now carrying on the family tradition with his own group, named “Carlos Maldonado y Grupo Fuerte. You can hear his musical influences of Conjunto Bernal, Los Chachos, Los Dos Gilbertos, David Lee Garza y Los Musicales and his Godfather, Ramon Ayala, in his music.
From the success of Grupo Fuerte’s first CD entitled “Hello Baby Doll”, the group received five award nominations by the Tejano Music Awards in 2004. Grupo Fuerte released their second CD in 2005 entitled “Lagrimas de Amor” which was another instant hit featuring guest musicians David Lee Garza of Los Musicales and Lee Villarreal of Los Desperadoz. “Lagrimas de Amor” received three nominations by the Tejano Music Awards in 2005. Group Fuerte has released three more CDs since then and have all received rave reviews by fans and media across the nation and Mexico. In 2014, Carlos was inducted into the Tejano Roots Hall of Fame in Alice, Texas for his talent on the Bajo Sexto. On the same night his father, Carlos Maldonado Sr. was inducted into the Tejano Roots Hall of Fame for his talent on the Accordion. Now 20 years later, Carlos y Carlitos Maldonado y Sus Aguilas reunite to bring you some of Los Aguilas greatest hits from the past with their new CD, “Grupo Fuerte Presents: Carlos y Carlitos Maldonado – The Reunion.” We hope you enjoy this new CD celebrating 20 years in the making.