RIP Javier Olivares, La Pura Sabrosura Vocalist/Drummer

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photo courtesy of South Central Music
(L-R) Javier, Fito, and Jaime Olivares
Back when I was a skinny, innocent 13-year-old, and believe me that was a long time ago, I was given the option to choose band or theater as my fine-arts elective. At this point in my life, my music knowledge was limited to the boleros, rancheras and cumbias I had been exposed to by my mom and dad. And one of my favorite cumbia songs was "La Gallina" by Fito Olivares y La Pura Sabrosura.

So of course I chose band and the alto saxophone because I very much wanted to play just like Fito. A few years later, I met the group at my cousin's quinceañera in Pasadena. They were all very nice people, and their music was fun and lively, enticing young and old to dance the night away.

Plus, both of our families were from the Mexican border state of Tamaulipas, which has a rich history of cumbia music to begin with.

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So when I received the news that Sabrosura lead singer Javier Olivares passed away this past Sunday, it hit me pretty hard. A piece of my childhood was literally gone. Olivares was 57.

As much as Fito's saxophone drove La Sabrosura's music, it was Javier's distinct voice that kept us enticed, and his ad-libs and shout-outs between the verses of each song made him and his band legends of Tejano music, and icons of cumbia.

Armando Sanchez of South Central Music, the Houston-based distributor for the Olivares family record label, sums up the group's influence like this:

To give you some additional perspective of their place in Houston music, at least my opinion on it: On the general market side, we have ZZ Top, Lyle Lovett, Beyonce as contemporary music icons from Houston.

The Latin music equivalent of those would be La Mafia and Fito Olivares y La Pura Sabrosura: Artists who have reached national and international acclaim.

So from all of us at Rocks Off, Rest In Peace, sir. You will be missed.


A funeral mass for Olivares will be held 10 a.m. Friday at St. Pius V Catholic Church, 824 Main, Pasadena.



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Jomarscatering
Jomarscatering

We hired Fito and his group for 2 fifteen year old parties of 2 of my daughters.We r from a small town of about 6,000 pop. And they made and awesome impact, this was in their beginning in 1985 & 88 we became friends and we became compadres. Javier Olivares will be missed dearly. Our prayers are with the family

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Antonio Osornio
Antonio Osornio

Our condolence for the Olivares family. Que descanse en paz un gran amigo que nos llenava de alegria y nosponia a bailar, my wife took me to Capri night club to celebrate fathers day, here in Phoenix AZ where Fito Olivares was going to perform. Not knowing of the news we were very excited . But when We didn t see Javier come out we had a bad feeling sure thing when they made the announcement I got.goose bumps and.felt.very.sad. May you rest in peace Javier we well miss.u in our hearts

Nora4us5
Nora4us5

descanse en paz la voz mas tropical de todos los tiempos,  gracias por todas esas canciones que junto con Fito y la pura sabrosura nos pusieron a bailar y lo seguiran haciendo ya que nos queda su maravillosa voz en todas sus canciones, gracias Javier. Mi mas sentido pesame para la familia OLIVARE, animo FITO.

Lourdes
Lourdes

Descanse en paz el hombre q le dio sabor al grupo xq tenia una voz inconfundible! Creci con sus canciones y siempre lo recordaremos!

Ramchef
Ramchef

Te vamos a extranar todos los que te admiramos pero seguiremos escuchando tu voz en tus canciones que nos dejaste, La guera Salomé , la sabrosona , la pecosita, winnona, Juana la Cubana y tantas más

Loida
Loida

Javier, thanks for sharing your talents! R.I.P. 

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