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My nights without you

“I suffer when I think that fate managed to separate us/ I keep such beautiful memories that I will not forget/ Dreams that together forged your soul and mine/ and in the hours of infinite joy that I long for in my song and they will not return…” he left with his Galano Genaro Salinas bell for immortality.

This song, by the Paraguayan Demetrio Ortíz and the Argentine María Teresa Márquez, Mis noche sin ti, would be a consecration for “the tenor with the golden voice.” Today few know of his flash in a time that has long since passed away.

Because if we must remember something about this singer born in Tampico, on September 19, 1918, in addition to his interpretative mastery, it was his tragic end, at the age of 38, in perejimenista Caracas.

A death described as strange and that from a distance highlights the intrigues of power within the framework of the military boots that darkened the skies of our homelands, in the context of the International of Swords, always protected by gringo imperialism.

Despite being the son of a humble home, Genaro's passion and musical talent was his fate. At the age of 20 he began his stardom, gaining followers on the airwaves of the XES and the famous XEW.

Two years later his first melodies would bear the seal of RCA Víctor. He would also sign with the important phonographic company Peerless.

The rest was glory: he monopolized part of the people's taste in the golden age of bolero, while still falling prey to rivalries and plots. Obligatory places in Salinas were Venezuela, Cuba and Argentina, in addition to her native Mexico.

It is said that his personal drama began in Buenos Aires, when he became passionately involved with the actress Zoe Ducós, a fact that suggests the reason for his residence in Caracas years later: he was going after the southern diva.

The date of his death was Sunday, April 28, 1957, weaving together a legend that in today's light, almost seven decades later, does not seem to be resolved.

His death is debated between a possible accident, suicide or murder, with the latter hypothesis gaining more strength.

A leonine contract with Radio Caracas Television forced him to make a pilgrimage to the Venezuelan capital for a while. Given his financial hardship, Graciela Naranjo gave him a stay in his house.

It is said that a diminished Salinas appeared in unattractive places and drank continuously.

It is also stated that he made a mistake when he approached Zoe Ducós again, now the wife of Miguel Silvio Sanz, one of the main heads of the terrible political police, the National Security.

The truth is that his body crashed, from the top of a bridge, against the asphalt of Victoria Avenue, very close to the Los Chaguaramos urbanization.

Genaro Salinas would die in the Coche hospital due to widespread multiple trauma. Alfredo Sadel would be in charge of the burial of a corpse with its eyes open.

It is said that at the wake of Genaro Salinas, Daniel Santos approached his urn, took out a cross dagger, which he kept in his belt, and placed it on the forehead of the Mexican artist, who, to the astonishment of those present, closed his eyes. . “My heart in darkness looks for you eagerly / I spend the nights asking you to come back to me / because without you not even the sun illuminates my days and when the dawn arrives it finds me crying / my nights without you, / my nights without you.”

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