Tejano musician Fito Olivares dies at 75

HOUSTON. Tejano musician Fito Olivares, known for songs that have been the basis of weddings and quinceañeras, including the hit “Juana La Cubana”, died Friday. He was 75.

The renowned saxophonist passed away this morning at his home in Houston, according to his wife, Griselda Olivares. She said he was diagnosed with cancer last year.

Born Rodolfo Olivares in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas on April 19, 1947, Fito Olivares began playing professionally as a teenager. In 1980, he and his brothers formed Olivares y su Grupo La Pura Sabrosura and moved to Houston.

Other tunes he is known for include “Aguita de Melon”, “El Chicle” and “El Colesterol”. According to his wife, in addition to playing the saxophone, he also played the accordion, wrote songs, and occasionally sang.

Griselda Olivares said the family sees a lot of support from fans on social media. “They played music all over the world,” she said.

Among those who sent tributes was Ed Gonzalez, the sheriff of Harris County, where Houston is located.

“Rest in peace, the legend we all grew up with along with Fito Olivares,” Gonzalez said. tweeted. “Thank you for the music.”

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