Drummer Ernie Durawa, who performed on Grammy Award-winning recordings, is best known for his work with the Texas Tornados (Freddy Fender, Flaco Jimenez, Augie Meyers, Doug Sahm.) Durawa began donating his archives to the Wittliff Collections in 2009 through Texas State's Center for Texas Music History. For more information on Ernie Durawa visit his website at:
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In addition to his work with the Texas Tornados, Ernie Durawa has played with a number of prominent musicians: Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt, Delbert McClinton, Merle Haggard, Johnny Bush, Maryann Price, Floyd Domino, Doug Sahm, Flaco Jimenez, and many, many more.
Durawa's gifts to the Wittliff Collections include historic photos along with certificates and plaques recognizing his musical accomplishments. For access to the Durawa archive contact the Archivist.
A sample of some of Durawa's photos, awards, and recognition appears below:
Left to right: Ernie Durawa, Doug Sahm, Atwood Allen, ca. 1970s
one of Ernie's Grammy awards.
San Antonio-based Elk Hearts Combo, 1958, with Ernie on drums.
Ernie Durawa with his first band, ca. 1958.
The Dell-Kings from San Antonio, ca. 1961. Ernie is second from the right, in shades. In the middle is Cleto Escobedo, who is now in the house band (Cleto and the Cletones) with his son for the "Jimmy Kimmel Show," which airs weeknights on ABC.
Ernie (in black shirt) with Doug Sahm, Augie Meyers, and others, ca. 1970s.