Al Hurricane, Jr. was born to Alberto Nelson Sanchez (Al Hurricane) and Nettie M. Fleming on October 30, 1959 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His birth name is Alberto Nelson Sanchez, Jr. Hurricane is a nickname inherited from his father.
Al, Jr. grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico throughout many parts of the city including: Old Town, 19th and Marble, the West Side, Academy Acres and finally settling in the North East Heights.
His first public performance was at the early age of 5 at the Civic Auditorium in Albuquerque. The song he sang for the audience that night was "Love Potion #9." Early in his youth, he began to learn the drums and switched to guitar lessons at age 5. From guitar lessons he then began to learn the trumpet at age 8.
In July 1970, Al, Jr.'s parents divorced and he decided to live with his father. At the age of 12, his father entered him into piano lessons while he continued playing the trumpet in school bands, such as the symphonic and the jazz band. This is when Al, Jr. started to learn some of his father's songs as well as those of his uncle's, Tiny Morrie and Baby Gaby. This eventually led to him joining the Al Hurricane Band. He started out by going and playing just one song, then two, and then his repetoire grew from there. Most of his practice was from performances at the Far West Night Club where he and his dad performed for many years.
Al, Jr. attended many schools while growing up in Albuquerque. From grades 1-5 he attended Lavaland Elementary, then he was at John Adams Middle School for 6th grade and transferred to Cleveland Middle School for 7th grade. Another family move prompted the transfer to Jefferson Middle School for 8th and 9th grade. For his final three years of high school, Al, Jr. attended and graduated from Highland High School in May 1976 at the age of 16. After graduation, Al, Jr. chose to take a year off before going on to college, which to this day he admits was a mistake. However, his decision to work with his dad was not a mistake. It was the beginning of a partnership that continues to this day.
Along the way in his career, Al, Jr. has acquired many nicknames such as: El Joven, The Godson of New Mexico, and Berb. He was only 14 years old when he recorded his first song, "El Pintor," and has been performing with his dad's band for 30 years. He has recorded and released 6 solo albums, starting in 1976 with "El Joven" and the latest release in 2006 "Sin Duda, Mejor Que Nunca." His song "Flor de las Flores" was voted the #1 song 10 years running on 89.1 KANW-FM. In addition to his solo albums, he has recorded 4 with his father: Al Hurricane / Al Hurricane, Jr. Cantan Corridos, and the other 3 under the group name "Bandido" with the international Latin labels, Discos Musart and EMI Capitol. Al, Jr. is also a main musician on his father's recordings, supplying trumpet, valve trombone, keyboards, keyboard bass, and has programmed drums. His trumpet and valve trombone were also featured on the recordings of Tiny Morrie and Baby Gaby.
When Al, Jr. made his first recordings in the Hurricane Studios in Albuquerque, it was on the very equipment that Buddy Holly used in Clovis, NM. Today, Al, Jr. records in his father's recording studio with new state of the art equipment.
Al, Jr. and the Hurricane Band have toured in such places as: Chicago, IL; Miami, FL; Asuncion; Paraguay; Buenos Aires; Argentina; and Malaga, Spain, but with the majority taking place in the Southwestern United States.