Javier Solís

About Javier Solís

As a teen, Mexican actor and musician Javier Solís won so many amateur singing contests that he was hired by the venue holding the events so that he would not keep winning. ∙ Solís signed a record deal in 1950, thanks to members of the famous Mexican troupe Los Panchos, who saw him singing in a bar and got him a label audition. ∙ In the late ’50s, he was an early pioneer of the then-new bolero ranchero musical style, which combined elements of mariachi, Mexican folk, and traditional slower dance music. ∙ His best-known song, the strings-driven 1956 ballad “Sombras,” was an international hit especially popular in South and Central America. ∙ Along with icons Pedro Infante and Jorge Negrete, Solís was known as one of the Three Mexican Roosters, a nickname given to the men due to their acting and musical talents. ∙ Beginning in 1959, Solís appeared in more than 20 movies, giving him the chance to collaborate with noted actors Pedro Armendáriz, María Victoria, and Lola Beltrán. ∙ Decades after his death, his music continues to find new fans, and the 2006 compilation La Historia de Javier Solis topped Billboard’s Regional Mexican Album chart.

Tacubaya, Mexico City, Mexico
Música Mexicana
Select a country or region

Africa, Middle East, and India

Asia Pacific


Latin America and the Caribbean

The United States and Canada