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This Week in Texas Music History: Eva Garza

Art&Seek presents This Week in Texas Music History. Every week, we’ll spotlight a different moment and the musician who made it. This Week in Texas Music History, we’ll remembers a rockabilly cat who sang his own version of a nursery rhyme.

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On Oct. 23, 1936, Eva Garza made her first recordings at the Texas Hotel in San Antonio. Born in the Alamo City on May 11, 1917, Garza began singing on local radio while still in high school. By the late 1930s, she was performing throughout North and South America. Eva Garza’s tremendous popularity made her one of the first international superstars of Latino music and earned her the nickname the “Sweetheart of the Americas.”

Eva Garza appeared in several movies, won a variety of Latin-American music awards and even has a street named after her in Bogota, Colombia.

Next time on This Week in Texas Music History, we’ll follow the trail of a cowgirl hall-of-famer.