Frank Soliz inducted into Tejano Roots Hall of Fame
Frank Soliz was recently inducted into the Tejano Roots Hall of Fame Class of 2013 in Alice. President and CEO of the Tejano Roots Hall of Fame and Museum Rubén López, Rubén Cadena and Rick García awarded Soliz the Amadeo Flores Accordion Player Award in front of family and friends.
Soliz learned to play the guitar with locals like Pablo Rojas (who later became his brother-in-law) and Balde Perez. In 1951, he was drafted by the U.S. Army and spent two years overseas in the Korean War.
When he returned from Korea, he began to work at Allen’s Food Store in Kingsville. His brother, Isidro Jr., introduced him to the accordion from Germany.
Soliz began to learn and practice playing the instrument in his free time with local musicians Beto Almaraz and Gaspar Ramirez.
After many years of playing the accordion, he was given the opportunity to play in local bars and dance halls. Later, “El Conjunto La Villita,” named after the famous dance hall in Alice, asked him to join their group because of his skills on the accordion. They played at events in the South Texas area for more than 10 years.
In 1990, Soliz joined his last conjunto with Chago Moralez from Bishop and played with them for two years.
The Tejano Roots board of directors reviews and selects names of individuals who have made a contribution to Tejano music.
Marty Almaraz of Alice nominated Frank Soliz in July and he received his congratulations letter in November. He has played the accordion with numerous South Texas conjunto bands for more than 40 years.
Tejano Roots receives nominations each year for its hall of fame from around the world.
Their story adds another page to the history of the music. Their motto is “Remembering our own Tejano Stars.”