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Known as “the Lark of the Border” and “la Cancioner de los Pobres,” Lydia Mendoza was born in Houston and reared in Mexico. Her songs cheered the hearts of Mexican-Americans and others during good times and bad. She and her family worked in the fields and lived the lives of migrant workers. During the Depression of the 1930s, Mendoza and her 12-string guitar had their first hit, Mal Hombre. Since then she has recorded more than 50 albums, and her artistry has won her awards including induction into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame. In 1982 she received a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship.