In 1939, she was asked to sing on a local radio program hosted by the poet, composer, and author Americo Paredes. The appearance gave Silva wider exposure and opened the door for her to begin making money singing radio jingles. It wasn't long before she was performing regularly at Corpus Christi's Continental Club. Silva also later married, and divorced, Paredes. However, Silva struggled before she was able to secure a recording contract.
She toiled in regional venues for years before she was noticed. It wasn't until she was thirty that she landed her first record deal with Discos Falcón of McAllen, Texas, where she would go on to record over seventy titles. By 1955, her popularity had eclipsed Discos Falcón, and she sought the attention of larger record labels, subsequently signing with Columbia Records. The move paid off almost immediately as Silva put together an impressive string of hit songs, including “Imploración,” “Esta Sellado,” “Sabes de Que Tenga Ganas,” “Soy Bohemia,” “Inolvidable,” and “Amor Aventurero.” Read more: Chelo Silva Biography - (1922–1988), Billboard Guide to Tejano and Regional Mexican Music http://www.jrank.org/cultures/pages/4444/Chelo-Silva.html#ixzz0djxlD9Dq Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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