My Dear Friend, Steve Crosno

What can I say that I haven’t said on other websites dedicated to  Steve?  He was one of my best friends since 1964.  We talked every
week by phone, and I’m trying to keep the good and funny memories in mind.  I’ve been mourning is passing for three days now, but it does help to read all the wonderful things that are being said about my dear friend.  A big thanks should go to Manny Rivera who started this website and worked all night to set it up.  May God bless him.  May God also watch over Steve, his family, his friends, and his listeners.  There are too many stories about Steve to tell.  I’ll try to get the best ones together and come back to tell you about them.  Please know that Steve loved doing his shows as much as you enjoyed listening to them.  I’ll miss him terribly, but I know God is taking
good care of him, and Steve is now at peace with no more pain.  Te adoro, Steve!!!!

Laura from Chicago

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I found this at

They write:

There was probably nobody else in El Paso that
helped musicians as much as Steve did. He had the Crosno
Hop on TV, along with his daily DJ radio shows. On his
weekly TV show he would showcase local bands. It gave them
opportunities to be seen and heard – some of them probably went
on to bigger and better things. Steve passed away and will be
sadly missed by those that knew him. By Rick Kern
Kelp Article submitted by Sam Stephenson

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Steve and I were best friends in Las Cruces High. We didn’t share every interest, but we both had a taste for adventure and humor – and taking these to the edge. After high school, I went away to college, and Steve and I parted ways in terms of career and lifestyle. But whenever I returned to Las Cruces to visit family, Steve and I always got together, and we could always relate closely due to our shared sense of humor.
steveteen.jpg Of course everyone who met Steve, or listened to him on the radio, was aware of his funny side. He was a spontaneous comedian. But with friends his sense of humor often ranged wider and deeper than he usually allowed in public. Irony, sarcasm, the absurd, the bizarre – he relished them all, as I did.

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This is interesting.

I found that West Tex at Lonestarstomp Blog remixed some of the pictures from this blog and added s0me interesting observations.

It’s 1960-something in El Paso, Texas. If you’re a fan of music you’re probably digging tastemaker Steve Crosno on radio station KELP. And chances are on Saturdays you’re either watching or attending his TV show, “Crosno’s Hop”, and digging out to Sunny & the Sunliners, James Brown or locals like Danny and the Counts. On the weekends you were attending one of Crosno’s band battles at the El Paso Coliseum or showing off your fancy footwork at one of his discotecos. The man had his hand in everything it would seem, including creating the “oldies” or “lowriders” sound in El Paso before anyone knew what it was. Dude had a DAY set aside in his honor… Steve Crosno Day! In 1967!!!

And then there was the Frogdeath.

In Crosno’s line of work he was constantly in contact with local combos looking for the big time and the Frogdeath which he ran out of his home town of Las Cruces was a way for the local sounds to be heard. There weren’t that many Frogdeath releases, but what’s there is mainly gold. There was a local hit by Bobby Rosales’s El Paso Premiers, who also recorded for C.L. Milburn’s Souled-Out of Texas label and B. Rosales Records out of Odessa. The Night Dreamers of El Paso were featured on two releases and made it to #1 on KELP with “Mr. Pitiful”. The surfing craze that swept El Paso was taken care of with “Wipe In” by the Imposters. For the garage fiends there were releases by Danny & the Counts (of “You Need Love” fame), Mike Reynolds & the Infants of Soul, and…

Whoever the Four Frogs may have been is as mysterious as the moody sleeve that housed some copies of their Frogdeath single. Not so mysterious is the MP3-like quality of their single. The songwritin’ skills of a Mr. Colin Flannigan aren’t that mysterious either as he seems to have had a knack for crafting a decent hook. “Losin’ You” is a nice rocker in ’64 mode that utilizes dual/dueling vocals to decent effect. As I listen I’m not sure the Beatles have really hit yet. “Mr. Big” is a steady movin’ instro with a nice dancefloor beat. A highlight on both sides of the record is the drummer who, well, picture that damned bunny.

Frogdeath creator Steve Crosno passed away in September 2006. FEW DJs anywhere had the kind of personal impact Crosno did. This man, this voice, really made people feel that they were a part of something and were of worth. The photos of Crosno above and the wonderful tribute below came from Manuel Rivera’s wonderful Crosnoblog.

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