Tejano musician Fito Olivares dies at the age of 75
Tejano musician Fito Olivares, known for his wedding and quinceanera songs including the hit Juana La Cubana, has died. He was 75.
He noted that the saxophonist died at his home in Houston on Friday morning, according to his wife Griselda Olivares. She said he was diagnosed with cancer last year.
Fito Olivares was born Rodolfo Olivares on April 19, 1947 in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas and began playing professionally as a teenager.
Rest in peace with a legend we all grew up with, Fito OlivaresSheriff Ed Gonzalez
In 1980, he and his brothers formed Olivares y su Grupo La Pura Sabrosura and moved to Houston.
Other tunes he is known for are Aguita de Melon, El Chicle and El Colesterol. Tejano is also known as Tex-Mex music.
In addition to the saxophone, he also played the accordion, wrote songs, and occasionally sang, his wife said.
Griselda Olivares said the family is getting a lot of support from fans on social media.
“They played the music all over the world,” she said.
Among the honors was Ed Gonzalez, the sheriff of Harris County, where Houston is located.
“Rest in peace to a legend we all grew up with Fito Olivares,” Mr Gonzalez tweeted. “Thanks for the music.”
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