A Tribute to Javier Solis
Gabriel Siria Levario (Javier Solis) was born on September 1, 1932 in the Districo Federal of Mexico. Being of humble beginnings, at a young age Javier had to drop out of school to help support his family. In his spare time he trained as an amateur boxer for six years with aspirations of becoming a professional boxer. He had his triumphs but after suffering a few defeats, his father would ask with to leave boxing for something more "decent".
Close to his home Javier used to sing in competitions of which the winner would take home a pair of new shoes. Javier was eventually banned from participating because he so dominated the competition. At that time he was employed as a butcher and he would sing while he was working. His boss heard him and was so impressed that he suggested to Javier that he dedicate himself to singing and recommended Javier to Maestro Noe Quintero. To the relief of his father, Javier hung up his boxing gloves and began his career as a singer.
At 16 years of age Javier went to Puebla, Mexico to sing with Mariachi Metepec but it wasn't until years later that Julito Rodriguez and Alfredo Gil of the Trio "Los Panchos" heard him singing at the Azteca Bar that he got his first break as a recording artist. They took him to audition with CBS records where he signed a recording contract and cut his first album in 1950.
He did not have his first hit until two years later with the song Lloraras and it was then that his producer Felipe Valdes Leal gave him the name Javier Solis.
Javier began to receive international acclaim in 1957 and he began to make appearances in the United States, Central and South America. Javier was the first to sing songs in a style now known as "Boleros-Rancheras". He sang boleros typically associated with trio music but now accompanied by mariachis. He was a prolific interpreter of many styles of music. He could sing not only boleros but rancheras such as Las Rejas No Matan, Renunciacion and Esta Tristeza Mia,. His repertoir included not only waltzes but tangos such as "En Esta Tarde Gris".
Javier began his acting career in 1959 and filmed more than 20 movies with stars such as Maria Victoria, Lola Beltran and Luis Aguilar. His last movie "Juan Pistolas" was filmed in 1965.
Javier Solis died on April 19, 1966 at 33 years of age from complications resulting from gall bladder surgery. At the time his doctors would not allow him to drink water and his last thoughts were of his children and his thirst. With that his last words were "They will have to shower my grave with lots of water, I know that I am going to die, this has no remedy."
It has been many years since his death. Javier may be gone but his music will live on forever.
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