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Consuelo Silva, 25 August 1922, Brownsville, Texas, USA, d. 2 April 1988, Corpus Christi, USA. One of the leading bolero singers of the early to mid-part of the twentieth century, Silva was instrumental in helping popularise the music outside her native Texas and the spiritual home of the bolero, Mexico. Her only rival in popularity was fellow Texan Lydia Mendoza, and the two women were often referred to in conjunction as Las Grandes de Tejas.
Silva began singing at an early age and by the late 30s was already well established in her native city of Brownsville owing to a series of appearances on the local radio show hosted by Américo Paredes. Her popularity spread through the border regions throughout the 40s and 50s, with hit singles including Amor Aventurero, Está Sellado, ¿Sabes De Qué Tengo Ganas?, and Soy Bohemia. Her first recordings were made for...
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