Video of the Week: Adios, Cipriano Silva
Last Wednesday, September 3rd, Cipriano Silva, former trumpeter of el Mariachi Vargas, passed away. He played in el Vargas from around 1959 to 1965 (according to this website), which places him in some of my favorite recordings, including the songs Francisco “Charro” Avitia recorded with el Vargas in 1960 and many Miguel Aceves Mejía and José Alfredo Jiménez recordings.
Here are two trumpet-driven songs by el Vargas from that era that I found from YouTube. I don’t know for sure that it is really him playing.
This next clip came at the tail end of his career with Vargas. It’s a pasodoble from the Pasodobles album.
I’m a part of the Mariachi Vargas Official Fan Club (it’s an online mailing list) and their secretary is part of the Fan Club. He announced that traditionally, when a former member of Mariachi Vargas or an artist who worked with them in the past, el Vargas sends the family of the deceased a crown as their token of appreciation for the work of the deceased. May Silva’s family get the crown soon.