Los Cadetes de Linares are one of the oldest, longest-running norteño groups in operation. Hailing from the small town of Linares in the state of Nuevo Leon, Los Cadetes are credited with authoring many of the original corridos. Their origins are much disputed, as are the rights to the name of the group. The general consensus is that the band began performing and recording between 1959 and 1962. Personnel changed every few years, sometimes more often than that, but by 1974 the bandmembers were consistent, and the name Los Cadetes de Linares was used routinely in public performances. During the mid-’70s major labels paid little if any attention to regional Mexican music, and it wasn’t until 1980 that the group was able to record consistently enough to build momentum. However, once hit songs like “Dos Coronas a Mi Madre” and “Los Pistoleros Famosos” made their way to the airwaves, Los Cadetes’ fan base grew rapidly. From rural Mexican farmers to rich California suburbanites, Los Cadetes’ fans spanned the Mexican population, making them one of the most popular norteño groups of the day. Though only two of the original members are still with the band, Los Cadetes de Linares are still actively recording and touring.