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(Yes, it's true - Javier Olivares is dead at 57 Victim of a long bout with stomach cancer. Our correspondent Ramon Hernandez files thiis report and photos on the death of a famed musician.) 
 
Why does it take the death of a vocalist whose voice carries the group, but whose fame falls under the umbrella of the bandleaders, to finally become recognized?
Such is the case of Javier Olivares, the voice of La Pura Sabrosura. For years, countless of bands covered “Juana La Cubana,” “La Gallina,” “El Colesterol” plus countless other hits, but each time we heard them on the radio or
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Abie Epstein’s Legacy was Music

Abe EpsteinAbie Epstein’s Legacy was Music
(One of the original pioneers of the San Antonio sound, Abe Epstein passed away recently. Epstein's musical contributions are detailed in this Ramon Hernandez report, including photos.)
 
“Although real estate made up ninety-five percent of his adult life, Abie Epstein’s legacy was his creation of the San Antonio sound,” Henry Peña stated during his opening remarks at Esptein’s memorial service.
 
“No one can take the San Antonio
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Shakira, Mana, Bambino among top Premio nominees

Shakira, Mana and Tito El Bambino are among the top nominees in the 2012 Premio Lo Nuestro awards scheudled Feb. 16 in Miami.

Shakira has six nominations including best artist, collaboration and song.

Additional nominees include Bachata artist Prince Royce and
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Latin Breed "Tejano Enamorado"

Who wrote Latin Breed's "El Tejano Enamorado," perhaps the national anthem of Tejano?
 

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Classic Tejano lost another hero recently when pioneer Ramiro "Snowball" de la Cruz passed away of a heart attack.

De La Cruz, 68, died May 20 in McAllen.

Many fans may recall De La Cruz as heading the band Snowball and Co which backed up another pioneer – Laura Canales in her early career. Canales had originally begun her career with Los Unicos and followed with a short stint with El Conjunto Bernal before joining Snowball.

Actually, De La Cruz is recognized for many contributions. With Canales in the group, the band

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In what year did Ramiro Herrera join David Lee Garza as his lead singer?
 

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.    RITMO PILON-CHENTE BARRERA
2.    TUS OJOS CASTANOS-AVIZO feat. Jay Perez, and David Marez
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