Gabriel San Roman
Sunny Ozuna, San Antonio’s Purveyor of Chicano Soul, is Being Appreciated Anew
The storied legacy of Sunny and the Sunliners is never in danger of being forgotten. On any given Sunday evening in Aztlán, a Chicano family barbecues carne asada while the San Antonio band’s classic “Smile Now, Cry Later” plays in rotation. The song’s title has long taken on a life of its own as a mantra of barrio existentialism expressed in clown face tattoos. While Ildefonso Fraga Ozuna, better known as Sunny, remains a living legend on East Side Story oldies compilations, the crooner is enjoying renewed attention.
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