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Current Grammy nominee Tony Ham Guerrero, leader of the legendary Tortilla Factory, passed away today in Austin, Texas due to complications from a heart attack induced coma. Known as “Ham” in the industry, the Tejano Roots Hall-of-Famer was the progenitor of the Chicano horn sound of the 60s and 70s.

His band, the Tortilla Factory, is known world-wide and admired by many esteemed master musicians. Services will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday February 2, 2011 at St. Louis King of France Catholic Church, 7601 Burnet Road, Austin Texas. The Rosary will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The Tortilla Factory intends to perform with Tony’s son Alfredo Antonio Guerrero at the helm. During the time Alfredo has been training with his father to take over the band, Tortilla Factory has produced two successive grammy-nominated albums featuring Alfredo’s new “Urban Tejano” influence. Alfredo will be in attendance at the Grammy’s this February 13th.

Tony will be smiling from a distance.

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  1. Rudy Gonzales

    Tony and I go back greater than fifty years. I marveled at his musical abilities and talent and wished I could have been just a good. He mentored me when I played Saxophone even though he played trumpet.