Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

George Sulaica:

An Inventory of His Collection, undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Sulaica, George
Title: George Sulaica Collection,
Dates: undated
Abstract: The collection describes the career of George Sulaica and the band Los Premiers, comprising a handful of music recordings.
Collection # AV 0185
Quantity: 1 folder (0.1 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

George Sulaica was born to migrant farmworkers in Crystal City, Texas, sometime in the 1940s. When Sulaica was about five years old, the family moved to Lubbock, Texas to pick cotton and stayed. In the late 1960s, Sulaica started Los Premiers. Other bandmembers were Bobby Aguilar, Cecil Puentes, Catarino unknown, Victor Salazar, Frank Diaz, Julio Llanas, Danny Llanas, Richard unknown, Julian Orta, Joe Chavez, and Bidal Aguero, who acted as assistant manager of the band, with Sulaica managing.

Early influences for Los Premiers were Little Joe and the Latinaires, Little Joe y La Familia, Agustin Ramirez, and Sunny and the Sunliners. Los Premiers toured from Chicago, Illinois to Hollywood, California, Kansas, Oklahoma, and opened for Little Joe and the Latinaires in Texas. Later, they incorporated Soul and Rock and Roll into their sound as well.

Los Premiers recorded their first album at Sounds Unlimited in Lubbock, Texas, and a second one in San Antonio. In 1997, Los Premiers were inducted into the West Texas Walk of Fame as Pioneers of Chicano Music.

Scope and Content

This media-only collection relates to the Lubbock-based Tejano band known as Los Premiers. 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 (Persons)
Aguero, Bidal.
Ramirez, José Agustín, 1903-1957.
Sulaica, George.
Subjects (Organizations)
Little Joe and the Latinaires.
Little Joe, Johnny y La Familia (Musical group)
Los Premiers (Musical group)
Sounds Unlimited (Musical group)
Sunny and the Sunliners (Musical group)
West Texas Walk of Fame
Subjects (Places)
Lubbock (Tex.)
Chicano music.
Hispanic Americans--Music.
Mexican American--Music.
Tejano Music.
Texas-Mexican border music.
Texas music.

Related Material

For related materials located in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, see the following collections:

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

George Sulaica Collection, undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas


Gift, undated

Processed by

Cynthia Curry

Collection Inventory

Audio Visual Materials

1 CD Audio: Los Premiers, Injusta Movida, audio CD of LP record, copied March 2012, undated
2 CD Audio: Los Premiers, Mi Caiste del Cielo, audio CD of LP record, copied March 2012, undated
3 CD Audio: Los Premiers, A: "Nada Contigo"; B: "Un Hombre Sin Amor", audio CD of 45 rpm record, undated