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Introducing Martin Solis and Los Primos

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Perdida 03:43
Dos Palomas 01:52
Las Gaviotas 01:31
Amor Brutal 02:37
Renunciacion 04:11
Viva Seguin 03:08
Atotonilco 02:01
Cha Cha Cha 03:22
Flor Del Rio 04:15
Sin Ti 02:43


Martin Solis is part of a seldom seen echelon of artists who released
no records in their lifetime and still was inducted into the Tejano Music Hall of Fame. The power of
his live performances and trailblazing creativity in blending styles with educated nuance gave him
significant credit among peers and critics alike. This power, coupled with the intrigue of Tejano music
thriving so far north of the Rio Grande, has made his 2018 induction into the Tejano ROOTS Hall of
Fame—previous inductees of which include pioneers such as Narciso Martinez, El Conjunto Bernal,
Beto Villa and Tejano superstars like Selena—that much more special and rare and puts Mr. Solis
soundly in a class of his own.
Mr. Solis sadly passed the year after he was inducted into the Hall of Fame, but it was during this time
that Solis’s son Frank discovered a grocery bag containing forgotten reel-to-reel tapes of his father’s
home-recorded music while helping declutter his attic. Frank took the tapes to his childhood friend (and
production manager at Third Man Pressing) Eddie Gillis. Gillis, who was impressed with the recordings
and quality of the preserved tapes, shared them with the team at Third Man. It became quickly apparent
that this document of music was an historic artifact that needed to be heard. Amazingly, while still with
us, Solis was able to finally hear and hold the legacy of his music on vinyl, as his test pressings were
delivered for final review.
As a natural fit with Third Man’s broad interest in the preservation of music history, Third Man
Records is humbled to release the first ever recordings of Tejano pioneer Martin Solis.


released July 10, 2020


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Martin Solis Detroit, Michigan

Born 1929 in San Antonio, TX, Martin Huron Solis, Jr. came to Michigan in 1942 as migrant farmworkers and settled in the Detroit area.
Solis played guitar from an early age and fell in love with conjunto music, playing for tips in bars around Southwest Detroit. Solis became a fan favorite based
on a repertoire of songs he compiled by following the latest hits coming up from Texas.
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