Tejano Star Emilio Navaira Dies

Grammy, Latin Grammy, and Tejano Music Award winning Tejano musician Emilio Navarira died May 16 in his San Antonio home as a result of a heart attack at the age of 53.

Navaira’s last performance was only five days before his death on May 11.

Considered a Tejano legend, Navaira made his musical debut as the lead singer for David Lee Garza y los Musicales from 1984-88 but left the band to form his own band. In 1995, Navaira “crossed over” and recorded a Country music album.

In 2008 this Tejano trailblazer was involved in a serious car accident when his tour bus crashed.

The Texican was born Emilio Navaira III on August 23, 1962 in San Antonio, Texas. His early influences were Little Joe y la Familia, Ramon Ayala, Pedro Infante, Willie Nelson, Bob Wills, and George Strait. After receiving a scholarship, Navaira majored in music at Southwest Texas State University with plans to become a music teacher. He played Fredrick in “The Sound of Music” in San Antonio.

Twice divorced, Navaira is survived by his five children.

Emilio Navaira discography:
“Emilio Mavaira”
“Unsung Highways”
“Shoot It”
“Shuffle Time”
“Souther Exposure”
“Live” (EMI)
“Life is Good”
“It’s on the House”
“A Mi Gente”
“El Rey del Rodeo”
“Lo Dice Tu Mirada”
“Desde Tejas”
“Tobaco Road”
“De Nuevo”
“Mi Vida”
“El Regreso del Rey”
“Las Personas De Mi Vida”
“Juntos Siempre Grande”

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