Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Librado Lee Quiriño, Jr.:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1956-2005, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Quiriño, Lee, Jr.
Title: Librado Quiriño, Jr., Papers,
Dates: 1956-2005
Abstract: The collection describes the life and musical career of poet and songwriter Librado (Lee) Quiriño, Jr. The collection contains poetry in Spanish and English, photographs and mementos from Quiriño's life, audio cassettes and one 7" reel of Tejano music using Quiriño's lyrics, national magazines with stories on Buddy Holly, the Dixie Chicks, and Selena, one nationally published book of high school poetry, and one self published book of Quiriño's thoughts after September 11, 2001.
Collection # AV 0168
Quantity: 1 box (1 linear foot)
Language English and Spanish.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Lee Quiriño was born and raised in Sweetwater, Texas, and resided in Arlington, Texas at the time of this gift in 2009. After graduation from Newman High School Quiriño joined the US Army and served in Korea. He married and began working for the railroad switchboard. Lee also continued his lifelong pursuit of writing poems in Spanish and English.

Eventually he channeled his energies into creating music lyrics and co-authored many hits for the Hometown Boys, a Tejano/Conjunto band inducted into the West Texas Walk of Fame in 1996. Surviving members of The Hometown Boys (Little Joe y La Familia) won a Grammy for Best Tejano Album in 2011 for Recuerdos.

Scope and Content

This material regards the career of Lee Quiriño, Jr., including business records, correspondence, poetry (published and unpublished), photographs, scrapbook and song lyrics, as well as audio-visual productions. The collection is in good condition and is part of the Crossroads of Music archive.


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research. Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by U.S. copyright law. Audio and visual recordings may need to be reformatted prior to use and require advance notice to the Reference Librarian.

Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (People)
Martinez, Joe.
Martinez, Ricky.
Quiriño, Jr., Librado (Lee).
Subjects (Organizations)
Hometown Boys (Musical Group)
Little Joe, Johnny, y La Familia (Musical Group)
Subjects (Places)
Lubbock (Tex.)
Sweetwater (Tex.)
Boleros (Music)
Hispanic American celebrities.
Hispanic American musicians.
Hispanic American poetry (Spanish)
Narrative poetry, Spanish.
Spanish poetry.
Tejano music.
Tejano musicians.
Texas-Mexican border music.
Texas music.

Related Material

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Librado (Lee) Quiriño, Jr., Papers, 1956-2005, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas


Accession number(s):

Gifts, 2013

Processed by

Daniel Sanchez, Elissa Stroman, and Cynthia Curry

Collection Inventory


box folder
1 1 Awards: Texas Readers Club Certificate of Award, National High School Poetry Association Certificate of Acceptance for "The Runaway" into the Anthology of High School Poetry, Fiesta del Llano Poetry Contest First Place Winner for "Los Creyentes", 1956-1991
2 Business Records: Membership cards for the Brotherhood of Railway, Airline, and Steamship Clerks; business cards for Jorge Quiriño of Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, The Hometown Boys, Johnny Hernandez and Third Coast, David R. Lummis of Discos MM, 1968-1986
3 Correspondence: Letter from Johnny Hernandez, Capitol/EMI Latin recording artist, declining use of Quiriño's lyrics, February 11, 1993
Literary Works
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1 4 Against the Wind, an Open and Critical Letter to a Friend by Sarael, two editions (Note: Sarael is Quiriño's pseudonym), June 30, 2002
5 Al Otro Lado de La Vida, poetry collection including "Al Otro Lado de La Vida", "Hacia El Oeste", "Como Un Lobo Solo", "En Mi Alma", "Niña Mujer", "Este Dia", "Como Un Misterio", "La Primera Muerta", "Maldita Dulce Mujer", "Otra Hora, Otra Vez", "Corazon Silvestre", undated
6 Lagrimas Liricas, poetry collection including "Ya Que Tengo Trienta", "Lágrimas Liricas", "Aquí En El Parque", "Quisiera Ser", "Estrellas Artificiales", "Dime Quien", "Esta Lloviendo Afuera", undated
7 Momentos Debajo del Sol, poetry collection including "Igual Como Naci", "La Primera Leccion", "Le Dije", "Mi Mujer Libre", "Acostando Los Durmientes", "Arrimame Mas Tu Cara", "La Fuerza de Mi Madre", "Ya Que Trabajas", "Este Baile", "Mi Navidad", "Espejo de Mentira", "Me Estoy Muriendo", "Me Acoste Llorando Anoche", "El Resto de Mi Vida", "Esposa y Esposo", undated
8 No Me Falto Nada (En Mi Vida), poetry collection including "Una Cancion", "No Me Dejes Ir", "Tu Amor Es", undated
9 The Sweetwater Poems, poetry collection including "The One World", "Watercolors", "Nothing Was Missing (In My Life)", "Day Star", "You're The Rainbow (In My Heart)", "Foster Mother", "Everyday Is A Song", "The Rest Of My Life", "Pups", "My Life", "West Texas Sunset", "The Children", "The Heart Hardens", "Somebody Prayed", "The Orb", "My Father", "Angels", "Solid Rain", "Butterfly of Love", 1980s
10 Handwritten, "Day Star", "Mother Earth", "You're the Rainbow (in My Heart)", 1983-1984 and undated
11 "Te Pertenese a Ti" by Joe Martinez of the Hometown Boys,1992
12 Handwritten, "Mi Navidad", "Acostando Los Durmientes" 2 copies, "Sus Pasos", "Niña Mujer", "Pedazos di Vida", "Yo Tambien"; Typed, "Me Estoy Muriendo", "Esta Lloviendo Afuera", "Sus Pasos", "Una Cancion", "Libre Mujer", "Esposa y Esposo", "Calles Lijera", "Sueño Cariñoso", "Llore", "Cuando Yo Deje A Mi Madre" with Joe Martinez, "Al Pie De Mi Sepultura" with Joe Martiniz, "Sueño Cariñoso", "La Llave" with Joe Martinez, "Una Tempestad", "La Nota", "Corazon De Nuestra Familia", "Amor A Ciegas", "Corazon De Oro", "Igual Como Naci", "Pueblo De Las Flores", "Estrellas Artificiales", "Otra Hora, Otra Vez", "Era En Lorraine", "Triste Flor", "Una Rosa", "Todo De Tu Amor", "Uvo Tiempo", "Mira! (Si Es Verdad)", "El Cancionero", "Un Acto De Amor", "Dos Recuerdos", "Que Bonita", "Mis Mejores Anos", "Dejarte Ir", "El Trofeo", "Triste Cancion", "Tanto Tiempo", "Todo Perdonamos", "Una Vez", "Mis Mejores Años", "Llore", "Tempestad", "Me Despedi", "Tu Amor Es", "Amor de Media Noche", "Paloma Lijera", "Que Vamos A Ser", "Este Anillo", "Amanece", "Sueño Sin Fin", "En El Parque", "No Es Casada", "La Original", "Pancho Clos", "Mi Corazon", undated
13 Young America Sings, National High School Poetry Anthology, Quiriño's poem "The Runaway" appears on page 127, 1963
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1 14 Texas Monthly, "Buddy Holly Is Alive!", October 1995
15 Texas Monthly, "Selena Trial", December 1995
16 Time, "Radical Chicks" (Dixie Chicks), May 29, 2006
Newspaper clippings: El Conjunto Internacional de Joe and Ricky Martinez aka The Hometown Boys, "Los Creyentes" by Lee Quiriño won First Place in poetry contest held by Fiestas del Llano, Eddie V. y Grupo Motevicion, undated
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1 18 Obituaries and Eulogies: Lubbock Hispanic Guide, Vol. 1 No. 2 "Joe Martinez 'left to right'", January 12, 1964-January 22, 1998, In Loving Memory of Roman Martinez, Jr, and Joe Martinez, January 22, 1999, In Loving Remembrance of Jesse Martinez, February 1, 1968-August 17, 2002, "Hometown Boys lose yet another brother" by William Kerns, "Tejano star Joe Martinez dead at 34", 1998-2007 and undated
19 Photographs and photocopies of Quiriño and his family, 1963-2011 and undated
20 Printed Materials: Tonantzin special issue, Vol.8, No.2 May 1992, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center hosts the Tejano Conjunto Festival, La Prensa de San Antonio special edition for the 13th annual Tejano Music Awards held at the San Antonio Convention Arena, March 1993, La Feria, Centro De Música Hispana, catalog featuring The Hometown Boys/El Conjunto International de Ricky y Joe Martinez including Quiriño's lyrics for "Niña Mujer", 1992-1993 and undated
21 Scrapbook Materials: Program from Commencement Exercises for Newman High School in Sweetwater, Texas, autographed photograph of Raymond Burr, 30th Reunion Sweetwater, Texas, 29-cent Dinah Washington postal stamp, 29-cent Elvis postal stamp, Texas Tech Women's Basketball ticket stubb, Tina Turner concert ticket stubbs, program from Women Airforce Service Pilots Memorial Dedication, publicity flyer for Little Joe and Johnny Sea La Paz, La Fuerza (Let the Peace, Be the Force),publicity flyer for the Hometown Boys, 1963-1995 and undated
22 Song Lyrics: List of songs with Quiriño's lyrics recorded by Hacienda Records, RJ International, and Capitol Records including "Quisiera Ser", "Niña Mujer", "Pedazos De Vida", "Vela Sin Llama", "En Mi Alma", "El Poder De Una Mujer", "Corazon Silvestre", "Somos Dos Gatos", "No Debes Nada", "Nunca Me Quiso Mi Padre", "Navidad", "Hombre Inocente", "A Song Sings", also includes lyrics that may not have been recorded "El Resto De Mi Vida" with Joe Martinez, "Esta Cancion" with Eddie Vasquez, "Puro Corazon" with Eddie Vasquez, and "Estrellas Artificiales", 1990-2003
23 Song Lyrics: English lyrics including "Lord, I Have To Ride This Train Forever" with Virgil L. Heath, "Stolen Moments" with Virgil L. Heath, "The Rain" no author listed, "Paperback Love" no author listed, "Heart to Heart" no author listed, "What's The Point Of Trying" no author listed, "Day Star" no author listed, 1982-1991 and undated


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1 24 Box containing three Buddy Holly pins, a Robert F. Kennedy pin, a John F. Kennedy pin, and a Richie Valens keychain, undated

Audio Visual Materials

7-inch 45 rpm records
1 La Familia Inc.: "La Tuna" / "This Time" (Buena Suerte Records), 1972
2 Little Joe, Johnny, y La Familia: "Total" / "Cuando Salgo A Los Campos" (Buena Suerte Records), 1973
3 Little Joe, Johnny, y La Familia: "Para Que" / "Adelita" (Leona Record Corporation), 1979
4 El Conjunto International de Ricky y Joe Martinez: "Pedazos de Vida" / "Niña Mujer", lyrics of both by Quiriño (RJ Internacional), 1990
5 The Hometown Boys: "El Poder De Una Mujer", lyrics by Quiriño / "Viejo Al Viento" (Capitol EMI Latin), 1991
6 El Grupo Internacional de Ricky y Joe Martinez: "Por Un Amor" / "Hace Un Año" (Martinez Records), undated
7 Susan Landeros and the Royal Notes: "Take It Easy" / "Yesterday" (Gaylo Records), undated
8 Sunny Ozuna and the Sunliners: "Hitch Hike" / "That Night In San Antonio" (Tear Drop, division of Crazy Cajun Entertainment) , undated
Audio Cassette Tapes--Demos
1 Librado Lee Quiriño and Virgil L. Heath: "Ride This Train Forever" / [Single-sided], c. 1982
2 [Unlabeled artist]: "A Song Sings" / [Single-sided], December 2003
3 Jorge and Carmen Quiriño: "Wanted Dead Or Alive", "Living On A Prayer", "Out Here On My Own", "La Bamba", "Mama He's Crazy", "Pour Some Sugar On Me", "She's Like The Wind", "Jungle Love", undated
Audio Cassette Tapes--Commercial
4 Los Dos Gilbertos: LIVE Side One: "Palabra De Hombre" "La Vieja Escalera" "Regalame Un Besito" "Al Doblar La Esquina" "El Cochecito" "Niña Mujer" "El Viejito Parrandero" "El Pajuelazo"; Side Two: "Mira Louisa", "Te Recomiendo Esa Ingrata", "Lucerito", "Mi Mayor Necesidad", "Amigo Amigo", "Paloma Negra", "La Puerta Negra", "Niña Mujer" (Capitol EMI Latin) , 1994
5 Los Dos Gilbertos: Niña Mujer (Side One: "Niña Mujer", "Pedazos De Vida", "Chito Cano", "Fue Tres De La Mañana", "Lastima Que Seas Ajena"; Side Two: "Mi Humlde Corazon", "Pideme La Luna", "Todos Dicen", "Zapateando en Houston", "Linda Morena" Capitol EMI Latin), 1994
6 Los Dos Gilbertos: 2 G's #1 Side One: "Vela Sin Llama", "Mala Suerte", "Voy De Gallo", "Luchare", "Quinceañera Adolescente"; Side Two: "Maldita Botella", "Llorando Por Dentro", "El Mosquito Querendon", "Ando Tomando Mil Copas", "Cuatro Milpas" (Fonovisa Tejano), 1995
7 Conjunto Internacional de Ricky y Joe Martinez also known as The Hometown Boys: Cartas De Amor Side One: "Cartas De Amor", "Asi Lo De Abandonado", "Desamparado De Amor", "Yo Soy", "Confesion"; Side Two: "Quisiera Ser", "Vengo a Ver Unos Ojos", "Viva Matamoros", "Mis Veinte Novias", "Joe's Special" (Hacienda Records), 1990
8 Conjunto Internacional de Ricky y Joe Martinez also known as The Hometown Boys: It's Our Turn! Side One: "Niña Mujer", "Te Recomiendo Esa Ingrata", "Pedazos De Vida", "Una Vela Sin Llama", "Joe's Special #4"; Side Two: "En Mi Alma", "Pilares De Cristal", "Carita De Angel", "Pass Me By", "Potpourri De Canciones" (RJ Internacional), 1991
9 The Home Town Boys: El Poder De Una Mujer Side One: "El Poder De Una Mujer", "En Un Lago De Amor", "No Nos Quieren Corazon", "Amor Traicionero", "Acabame De Matar"; Side Two: "El Venadito", "Viejo Al Viento", "Luces De Nueva York", "Joe's Special #5", "Corazon Silvestre" (Capitol EMI Latin), 1991
10 The Hometown Boys: Somos Dos Gatos Side One: "Un Monton De Cariño", "Somos Dos Gatos", "Joe's Special #6", "Con Cartitas", "Frijolitos Pintos"; Side Two: "Formamos Un Fracaso", "Nunca Me Quiso Mi Padre", "Mujer Paseada", "No Me Debes Nada", "Un Cielo" (Capitol EMI Latin), 1992
11 The Hometown Boys: Twenty Golden Hits (Side One: "Cartas De Amor", "Vengo a Ver Unos Ojos", "Mi Ranchito", "Desamparado De Amor", "Amorcito Consentido", "Amor Ingrato", "Asi Lo De Abandonado", "Indita Mia", "Me Importa Madre", Yo Soy"; Side Two: "Quisiera Ser", "Yo Vendo Unos Ojos Negros", "Amor Bonito", "Juanita Y Miguel", "La Trieta Casada", "Prenda Querida", "Morenita De Ojos Negros", "Los Laureles", "Buscando Un Cariño", "La Llanta Baja" Hacienda Records), 1992
12 The Hometown Boys: Hombre Inocente Side One: "Hombre Inocente", "Para Morir Iguales", "Aquel Amor", "Joe's Special #7", "Confesion"; Side Two: "Amigo, Amigo", "Me Hiciste Feliz", "Porque Te Escondes", "Besame Y Olvidame", "Hay Unos Ojos" (Capitol EMI Latin), 1993
13 The Hometown Boys: LIVE Side One: "Para Morir Iguales", "Me Hiciste Feliz", "Joe's Special #2", "Somos Dos Gatos", "No Nos Quieren Corazon", "Carta Jugada"; Side Two: "Besame Y Olvidame", "Soy Como Soy", "Un Rinconcito En El Cielo", "Joe's Special #5", "Con Cartitas", "Un Cielo", "Seis Pies Abajo", "Aquel Amor" (Capitol EMI Latin), 1994
14 The Hometown Boys: Luces De Nueva York Side One: "Luces De Nueva York", "No Nos Quieren Corazon", "Amor Traicionero", "Acabame De Matar", "En Un Lago De Amor"; Side Two: "Corazon Silvestre", "Joe's Special #5", "El Poder De Una Mujer", "Viejo Al Viento", "El Venadito" (FonoVisaTejano), 1995
15 The Hometown Boys: Puro Tesoro Side One: "El Pintor", "El Poder De Una Mujer", "Hombre Inocente", "Morenita De Ojos Negros", "No Me Debes Nada"; Side Two: "Aquel Amor", "Nunca Me Quiso Mi Padre", "Corazon Silvestre", "Seis Pies Abajo", "Ni El Dinero, Ni Nadie"; Unopened wrapper (FonoVisa Tejano), 1995
16 El Conjunto International De Ricky y Joe Martinez also known as The Hometown Boys: Desamparado De Amor Side One: "Carta De Amor", "Asilo De Abandonado", "Desamparado De Amor", "Yo Soy", "Confession", "Quisiera Ser"; Side Two: "Vengo A Ver Unos Ojos", "Viva Matamorros", "Mis Veinte Novias", "Joe's Special #2", undated
Audio Cassette Tapes--Various Artists
17 Christmas In Texas featuring The Hometown Boys with "Navidad" (Capitol Records), 1992
18 Conjunto The Real Deal featuring The Hometown Boys with "El Poder de Una Mujer" (Capitol Records), 1992
19 Tejano Treasures featuring The Hometown Boys with "Somos Dos Gatos" (Capitol Records), 1994
20 Eddie V. y Grupo Motevicion: We're Next featuring "Puro Corazon", composed by Lee Quiriño and arranged by Eddie Vasquez (VHM Productions) , 1995
21 Tejano Treasures featuring Los Dos Gilbertos with "Niña Mujer", and The Hometown Boys with "Corazon Silvestre" (FonoVisa Tejano), 1996
1/4-inch audio reel-to-reel tape, 7-inch reels
1 "Stolen Moments", "Lord, I Have To Ride This Train Forever", April 21, 1982