Tejano star Emilio Navaira, who had two country albums during his career, died on Monday at 53 of a heart attack.
Navaira released two English-language country albums, “Life is Good” and “It’s on the House,” using only his first name. His most successful crossover hit was 1995’s “It’s Not the End of the World,” which hit 27 on the Billboard charts. The song was one of six singles to make the country charts, but the only one that even made the top 40. As his country career faded, Emilio returned to Tejano music.
That was where was star appeal was, and he was labeled the “Garth Brooks of Tejano.” He recorded more than 15 albums.
Navaira was born in San Antonio in 1962. He was influenced by both Tejano and country music. He started singing lead vocals for David Lee Garza y Los Musicales at the age of 21.