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Elvira Ríos (1913–1987)

Elvira Ríos was the singer who brought the bolero song to international attention. She was born in Mexico City during the Mexican Revolution, and began her career in her country in the mid-1930s. While singing on radio station XEW, Ríos' voice and beauty were noticed by Manuel Reachi, an assistant of Paramount Pictures producer Arthur Hornblow Jr.... See full bio »


(age 73) in Mexico City, Mexico

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Known For

When My Heart Calls Sombra Rey


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 1959 Melodías inolvidables
 1948 El tango vuelve a París
Lupe Torres
 1944 Murallas de pasión
 1942 When My Heart Calls
Sombra Rey
 1939 The Real Glory
Mrs. Yabo (uncredited)
 1939 Cupid Rides the Range (Short)
Lolita Morales
 1939 Stagecoach
Yakima (uncredited)
 1938 Tropic Holiday
 1937 These Men
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 2012 She Doesn't Want to Sleep Alone (performer: "Azul", "Flores Negras")
 1959 Melodías inolvidables (performer: "Noche de ronda", "Noche de luna")
 1948 El tango vuelve a París (performer: "La barca de oro", "Perfidia")
 1942 When My Heart Calls (performer: "Acercate mas", "Flores negras", "Desesperadamente")
 1939 Stagecoach (performer: "En mi soledad")
 1938 Tropic Holiday (performer: "The Lamp on the Corner/Farolita", "My First Love/Mi primer amor (Mujer)", "Tonight Will Live/Oración caribe")

Personal Details

Other Works:

Studio album: "Noche de ronda". RCA Victor Records. See more »

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Personal Quote:

[when the Mexican press asked her if she "had been detained as a spy" in South America in 1943] The reports were probably circulated by persons interesting in harming my good name.


When she made her debut in New York City, columnist Walter Winchell wrote: "When she sings, the silence is so great that if someone dropped a pin you would be able to hear the noise". See more »


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