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date: 19 February 2020

Emilio [Navaira, Emilio (III)]locked

  • Estevan César Azcona


[Navaira, Emilio (III)]

(b San Antonio, TX, Aug 23, 1962).American singer, songwriter, and bandleader. He led the band Emilio y Grupo Rio, which was among the most popular acts of Tejano music in the late 20th century. Known by his first name, Emilio has also had success singing in a country-western style. His professional career began in 1985, when he became the lead singer for the acclaimed Tejano group David Lee Garza y Los Musicales. In 1989 he formed and fronted his own band, Grupo Rio. Along with electronic keyboards, the button accordion was a central part of their sound. Emilio ranked with Selena and other high-profile Tejano acts among the genre’s leading performers at its apex during the 1990s. Like them, he used his popularity to cross over into the English-language market, specifically through country-western music, where he enjoyed early success. His performing career went on hiatus for two years as he recovered from critical injuries suffered in a tour bus crash in ...

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