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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
announced at clubs, it was always the latest hit by Fito Olivares. No radio disc jockey or mobile DJ ever mentioned that the singer that interpreted all those hits was Fito’s brother and drummer.
Other commercial breakthroughs were “La Negra Catalina,” “Aguita de Melon,” “La Ranita” and countless others.
Fito, whose real name is Rodolfo, wrote all those best-selling records and his saxophone drove La Sabruosura’s. Brother Jaimé augmented Fito’s saxophone on keyboards, but it was Javier who sang the songs and whose voice dominated radio airwaves. 
Javier, was born in Camargo, Tamaulipas, Mexico on April 26, 1954, but was a long-time resident of Pasadena, Texas where most of the family now lives
The Olivares brothers, Javier, Jaimé and Fito relocated to Houston in 1977 and formed La Pura Sabrosura in 1980. But it was not until the late 1980s that they started to enjoy great success. And for the record, their other brother Joél, was never a part of the group, but Javier’s son, Miguel Martín, has been the group’s percussionist for over a year.
Javier had been


 

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