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Infal: “Never Fail!”

Infal Records turned out a huge catalog from the early 1960’s up well into the 1970’s.  The label primarily served the Mexican market in the greater Denver area with it’s studio located in Commerce City – just north of the Denver city limits.  Little is known about the small independent label.  None of the releases credits a producer and an exact studio location is not given.  At some point – after many releases reflecting “Commerce City” as the base – the label began to credit “Denver, Colorado” as it’s location which may not have indicated a physical move at that point.  But then soon, the label address became “2217 Champa Street” which is in the heart of downtown Denver.  A 7-digit phone number was soon added (prior to the requirement of dialing a 303 in Denver.  A few known long plays are credited to the label as well.

Infal Owner – Victor Manual Hernandez Rodriguez

Denver Recording Pioneer - Manuel Hernandez Rodriguez

Denver Recording Pioneer – Victor Manuel Hernandez Rodriguez

The following is extracted from the Obituary of Victor Manuel Hernandez Rodriguez: (Deceased January 18th, 2013 at age 85)

(Victor) “was born in Ameca, Jalisco, Mexico on August 8, 1927 to Maria A Rodriguez Villasenor and Alberto Linares.

In 1949, Victor moved from Mexico City to Denver to pursue new opportunities. It was in Denver that he met Maria Joy Santistevan at La Bonita Restaurant. After a short courtship and engagement they were married on March 4, 1951. In 1953, Victor was hired by the Gates Rubber Company. He had a very rewarding, 34 year career at Gates. His job title was Liner Rewind. He was proud of becoming a qualified fork lift operator, and hose finisher as well as a steward. Though Victor made a living and provided for his family as a Gates mechanic, he was always working to better himself. He acquired a Communications diploma from DeVRY Technical Institute. This helped launch his career in music recording and radio broadcasting.

“Victor’s real passion was music. Victor built his first recording studio in the garage at the Bellaire Street home that he called Hernandos Recordings. Soon after he renamed the business to Infal Records, for ‘Infallibles’ which means ‘will never fail…’. This name is one of many examples of Victor’s quick and creative mind. As part of promoting his business and connecting to the community, Victor organized and hosted regular dances at the Colorado Grange Hall and the GAO. These dances featured groups who had recorded with Victor. At the dances his daughters worked the coat room and did waitressing.

“As the business grew he expanded to a record shop and larger recording studio at 2144 Champa Street in downtown Denver. All of the family worked the record shop and have fond memories of talking to customers and enjoying the latest Spanish and Top 40 hits. He later purchased a larger building a block down at 2217 Champa Street and was able to have a music shop, recording studio and a home on the second floor. In 2006 he relocated to his home on Federal Street, again building his recording studio plus adding a DVD/video recording and duplication studio.
After Victor retired from Gates in 1987, he was really able to pursue his passion for music and focus on his Infal studio and on video-taping of weddings, quinceaneras, etc. As technology changed our world, Victor changed with the times moving from LP’s, 8-tracks, cassettes, video rentals and finally a videographer. In his spare time, between recording gigs, he kept up with the ever-changing technology.

“Victor had great pride and confidence in his businesses and loved to promote them. Uncle Jorge tells how he and Victor would go to the bars. Victor bought beer for the band members, made quick friends and convinced them that they had great talent and should make a recording to share with the rest of the world….. of course Victor conveniently knew of a very good recording studio where they could make this recording. Another time, while visiting Ruth and Bob in Houston, we went to Lakewood Church and met Joel Osteen. While shaking his hand, Victor presented Joel with his Infal business card and said, “If you ever need help recording, give me a call…..” We all laughed at his confidence and boldness. Victor worked hard to build his businesses, even until his last days.

“Victor was granted an FCC radio operators license and he used this to share the microphone with Andres Neidig on several Spanish-speaking radio stations in Denver and Brighton. Victor had the gift of gab and he was very good on the radio. His last gig was calling in regularly for a “Palabra del Dia” or ‘Word of the Day” segment. Victor developed many long term friends in the radio business.

Read Victor’s entire obituary at the Olinger web site

In addition to this, Colorado Music Hall of Fame board member Dr. George Krieger made contact with the Rodriquez family back in the 1980’s in Commerce City and was informed that the Infal warehouse had just recently been cleared out of all contents (records) and sent to a nearby landfill!

Infal LP’s

Infal 2002 – Los Alvarados – “El Movimiento Chicano!”

A tribute to the “revolution” back in the 1960’s in Denver headed by activist R0dolpho “Corky” Gonzalez.  Rodolpho grew up in Denver and graduated from Manual High School.  He passed away i 2005.  Here is a Wiki account of his life.  The LP below was accompanied by a Spanish/English lyrics booklet.

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ALVARADOS - INFAL 2002 LP - CHICANO - R1 (1) ALVARADOS - INFAL 2002 LP - CHICANO - R1 (2)

ALVARADOS - INFAL 2002 LP - CHICANO - IN 01 (1)

ALVARADOS - INFAL 2002 LP - CHICANO - IN 01 (2)ALVARADOS - INFAL 2002 LP - CHICANO - IN 01 (3) ALVARADOS - INFAL 2002 LP - CHICANO - IN 01 (4) ALVARADOS - INFAL 2002 LP - CHICANO - IN 01 (6) ALVARADOS - INFAL 2002 LP - CHICANO - IN 01 (7) ALVARADOS - INFAL 2002 LP - CHICANO - IN 01 (8) ALVARADOS - INFAL 2002 LP - CHICANO - IN 01 (9) ALVARADOS - INFAL 2002 LP - CHICANO - IN 01 (10) ALVARADOS - INFAL 2002 LP - CHICANO - IN 01 (11) ALVARADOS - INFAL 2002 LP - CHICANO - IN 01 (5) ALVARADOS - INFAL 2002 LP - CHICANO - IN 01 (11)

LP Infal 2007 – Antonio Lozano Nunez Con Su Grupo Gran Vida – “La Coquestona Cumbia”

NUNEZ ANTONIO A

Nunez - Infal 2007 LP R 1 - Nunez, Antonio (1) Nunez - Infal 2007 LP R 1 - Nunez, Antonio (2)

LP – Infal 2008 – Mc McEvilly – “House Of Power”

Recorded in New York City’s Carnegie Hall

Infal Singles

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INFAL 33 1-3 - DISTINCTIONS - END OF TIME 1 INFAL 33 1-3 - DISTINCTIONS - END OF TIME 2

INFAL 104 - TRIO POTOSINO - CORZONES INFAL 104 - TRIO POTOSINO - SIN SANGRE

Infal 105 - Garcia, Clem - Llegro Infal 105 - Garcia, Clem - Veula

INFAL 108 - GARCIA CLEM - A INFAL 108 - GARCIA CLEM - B

Infal 115 - Lopez, Baltazar - Tu Ya No Soplas Infal 115 - Lopez, Baltazar - Vieja Chismosa

INFAL 116 - MARTINEZ JOSE - A INFAL 116 - MARTINEZ JOSE - B

INFAL 117 - LOPEZ BALTAZAR - A INFAL 117 - LOPEZ BALTAZAR - B

Infal 118 - Garcia, Clem - Band is Drunk Infal 118 - Garcia, Clem - My Shoes Keep

INFAL 119 - ALVARADO TRIO - A INFAL 119 - ALVARADO TRIO - B

INFAL 120 - BRITO NELSON - A INFAL 120 - BRITO NELSON - B

INFAL 121 - GARCIA CLEM - A INFAL 121 - GARCIA CLEM - B

INFAL 122 - TRIO AZTECA - A INFAL 122 - TRIO AZTECA - B

Infal 125 - Gonzales - El Costeno Infal 125 - Gonzales -Con Nada Me Pagas

INFAL 126 - TRIO AZTECA - A INFAL 126 - TRIO AZTECA - B

INFAL 127 - GARCIA CLEM - PS

INFAL 127 - GARCIA CLEM - BLACK DIAMOND POLKA INFAL 127 - GARCIA CLEM - DEJAME

Infal 128 - Five Diamontes - La Tequilera Infal 128 - Five Diamontes - Patricia

Infal 129 - DeHerrera - Memphis Infal 129 - DeHerrera - Stop The World

INFAL 130 - LOPEZ BALTAZAR - A INFAL 130 - LOPEZ BALTAZAR - B

INFAL 132 - AMIGOS - A INFAL 132 - AMIGOS - B

INFAL 133 - ARIAS ELVIE - A INFAL 133 - ARIAS ELVIE - B

INFAL 134 - LOPEZ BALTAZAR - A INFAL 134 - LOPEZ BALTAZAR - B

Infal 135 - Bernie Lucas & Golden Boys - Positively 4th Street R Infal 135 - Lucas, Bernie & Golden Boys - Blue Feeling R

INFAL 136 - GABRIEL & GOLDEN BOYS - A INFAL 136 - GABRIEL & GOLDEN BOYS - B

Infal 138 - Gonzalez, Mel & Skyliners - Alegre me Ando Paseando Infal 138 - Gonzalez, Mel & Skyliners - Hilacha

Infal 140 - Montoya, Eulogio - Polka Montoya Infal 140 - Montoya, Eulogio - Samuel Gurule

Infal 141 - Jesse and Lino - No Te Importo Mi Suerte Infal 141 - Jesse and Lino - Soy de Chihuahua

Infal 142 - Chavelo - No Te VengoInfal 142 - Chavelo - Desprecio

INFAL 143 - GONZALEZ MEL - A INFAL 143 - GONZALEZ MEL - B

INFAL 146 - SALAS TONY - A INFAL 146 - SALAS TONY - B

Infal 147 - Fabulous Raindrops - El Putty Infal 147 - Fabulous Raindrops - Infal - People Need a Beat

INFAL 153 - GONZALEZ HERMANITAS - A INFAL 153 - GONZALEZ HERMANITAS - B

Infal 154 - Marquez, Joe - Queen of the Night R Infal 154 - Marquez, Joe & Case, David- How Can it Be R

INFAL 157 - SANCHEZ JR PACO - A INFAL 157 - SANCHEZ JR PACO - B

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INFAL 159 - MONTOYA EULOGIO - A INFAL 159 - MONTOYA EULOGIO - B

INFAL 160 - FOUR M'S - PS A INFAL 160 - FOUR M'S - PS B

Infal 160 - Four M's - Cerca De Mi Infal 160 - Four M's - Create a Disturbance

 INFAL 162 - BEVERLY FAVORITES - B

Infal 163 - Duran, Jerry - Flor Del Rio Infal 163 - Duran, Jerry - Morenitas

INFAL 166 - VIBROTONES - A INFAL 166 - VIBROTONES - B

Infal 169 EP - Mariachi Guadalupe - Reyna De America Infal 169 EP - Mariachi Guadalupe - Senor Ten Piedad

INFAL 170 - ALVARADO LEONARDO - A INFAL 170 - ALVARADO LEONARDO - B

INFAL 172 - SANCHEZ PACO - A INFAL 172 - SANCHEZ PACO - B

Infal 173 - Sauceda, Charlie - La Cunita Infal 173 - Sauceda, Charlie - La Grandesa Que Te Di

INFAL 175 - TRUJILLO SOL - A INFAL 175 - TRUJILLO SOL - B

INFAL 176 - BERNIE AND VIOLA - A INFAL 176 - BERNIE AND VIOLA - B

INFAL 177 - TRIO - B INFAL 177 - TRIO - A

INFAL 177 - TRIO - C INFAL 177 - TRIO - D

Infal 179 - Zuniga, Edelmiro - Con El Agua El Cuello Infal 179 - Zuniga, Edelmiro - La Flecha

INFAL 182 - PATITO CALDERON - A INFAL 182 - PATITO CALDERON - B

INFAL 183 - VICENTE AND ABEL - A INFAL 183 - VICENTE AND ABEL - B

INFAL 184 - POPULARES DEL NORTE - A INFAL 184 - POPULARES DEL NORTE - B

INFAL 187 - BEV AND GARY - A INFAL 187 - BEV AND GARY - B

INFAL 188 - TRUJILLO SOL - A INFAL 188 - TRUJILLO SOL - B

INFAL 190 - POPULARES DEL NORTE - A INFAL 190 - POPULARES DEL NORTE - B

INFAL 193 - MENDOZA LUISA - A INFAL 193 - MENDOZA LUISA - B

INFAL 194 - BLANCO RUTILO - A INFAL 194 - BLANCO RUTILO - B

INFAL 196 - SANCEZ FIDENCIO - A INFAL 196 - SANCEZ FIDENCIO - B

INFAL 197 - PIEDRITAS - A INFAL 197 - PIEDRITAS - B

INFAL 199 - SANCHEZ FIDENCIO - A INFAL 199 - SANCHEZ FIDENCIO - B

INFAL 200 - BEACH AND TRENET - A INFAL 200 - BEACH AND TRENET - B

Infal 203 - Pobres - Que Tal Conmigo Infal 203 - Pobres - Virgencita San Juan

Infal 204 - Sanchez, Fidencio - Sabor a Mi

Infall 205 - Hunk of Funk - Chicano BrotherInfall 205 - Hunk of Funk - Lloraras

Infal 206 - Urioste, Roberto - La Cancion de Guaimas

INFAL 208 - JAPIS JOHN - LUCERO - A INFAL 208 - JAPIS JOHN - LUCERO - B

INFAL 209 - GARCIA RICK - A INFAL 209 - GARCIA RICK - B

INFAL 210 - TRUJILLO SOL - A INFAL 210 - TRUJILLO SOL - B

Infal 211 - Urioste - Revuelto Infal 211 - Urioste - Amores

INFAL 212 - TRUJILLO SOL - A INFAL 212 - TRUJILLO SOL - B

INFAL 213 - CUATRO PALOMOS A INFAL 213 - CUATRO PALOMOS A_0001

Infal 214 - Norteno, Gavilan - Que Bonito Infal 214 - Norteno, Gavilan - Solo el Retrato

INFAL 215 - GUTIERRE ALEX - A INFAL 215 - GUTIERRE ALEX - B

Infal 217 - Sanchez, Kathy - Los Recuerdos De L Elsie Infal 217 - Sanchez, Kathy - Mira Lo Que Era

INFAL 218 - SANCHEZ KATHY - A INFAL 218 - SANCHEZ KATHY - B

INFAL 218 - SANCHEZ KATHY - A INFAL 218 - SANCHEZ KATHY - B

INFAL 220 - BLANCO, ENRIQUE - AY DIOS INFAL 220 - BLANCO, ENRIQUE - CASAR

INFAL 223 - ERNIE - A INFAL 223 - ERNIE - B

Infal 223 - Ernie & Euphorics - A Infal 223 - Ernie & Euphorics - B

INFAL 225 - BOHEMIOS - A INFAL 225 - BOHEMIOS - B

Infal 227 - Conquistadores - Band Del Infal 227 - Conquistadores - Flor Morena

INFAL 232 - MEDINA LERRY - BINFAL 232 - MEDINA LERRY - A

INFAL 233 - BASTANTE - A INFAL 233 - BASTANTE - B

INFAL 234 - VALENTE, BENIGNO A_0001 INFAL 234 - VALENTE, BENIGNO A_0002

Infal 236 - Gurule, Ted - Porque Estoy Llorando Infal 236 - Gurule, Ted - Tal Vez

Infal 237 - Gurule, Ted - Flor de Maria Infal 237 - Gurule, Ted - Golpe Traidor

INFAL 238 - DYLAN RAFEAL - A INFAL 238 - DYLAN RAFEAL - B

INFAL 239 - ROMERO VIVA - A INFAL 239 - ROMERO VIVA - B

INFAL 243 - UVALLE RUDY - A INFAL 243 - UVALLE RUDY - B

INFAL 244 - ALMODOVAR ELIAS - A INFAL 244 - ALMODOVAR ELIAS - B

INFAL 251 - PALOMOS ALEGREA - A INFAL 251 - PALOMOS ALEGREA - B

INFAL 252 - SIGNALS - A INFAL 252 - SIGNALS - B

INFAL 253 - NUNEZ ANTONIO - A INFAL 253 - NUNEZ ANTONIO - B

Infal 255 - Nunez, Antonio - Al Mundo Te Fuiste Infal 255 - Nunez, Antonio - Me Voy a Perder

INFAL 257 - SAUCEDO - BRACERO INFAL 257 - SAUCEDO - MATATRON

INFAL 301 - MACIA GORGE - A INFAL 301 - MACIA GORGE - B

INFAL 304 - BETO AND FINA - A INFAL 304 - BETO AND FINA - B

INFAL 310 - BONILLA JOSE - A INFAL 310 - BONILLA JOSE - B

INFAL 79730 - TRIO LOS PEPES - B INFAL 79847 - CONJUNTO - A

INFAL 79847 - CONJUNTO - B Infal 79927 - Trio Los Tipos - La Muerte Del Presidente

INFAL 79928 - TRIO LOS TIPOS - A INFAL 79928 - TRIO LOS TIPOS - B

Infal 200060 - Trio Potosino - Corazones Infal 200061 - Trio Potosino - Sin Sangre

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Infal 200486 - Trio Los Pepes - La Chancla Infal 200487- Trio Los Pepes - Llorando Y Pensando

Infal 200705 - Garcia, Clem - Copas Infal 200706 - Garcia, Clem - Limoncito

INFAL 200755 - VILLARREAL - A INFAL 200755 - VILLARREAL - B

Infal 200800 - Felipe & Susana - Mujer Concentida Infal 200800 - Felipe & Susana - Pancho Perez

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