Miguel Gonzalez Salas was born in La Noria, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico. At the age of 9, he was left to fend for himself as his parents were unable to provide for him financially. This led him to live a nomadic life and eventually become homeless. One day, while sleeping under a staircase in Mexico City, a shoemaker noticed him and took him in. With the help of his new mentor, Miguel found his passion for music, particularly playing the slide guitar, which he used to share his life’s journey. This led to the birth of El Mexican Cowboy or El Vaquero Mexicano, where he produced and wrote his own music with several accompanying Mariachi bands. His ultimate dream was to come to America and pursue his music career in Hollywood.
After working his way to California from Texas, Miguel dropped the “G.” initial in his name and found an agent to help him launch his career. He was highly regarded as a musician and songwriter, producing, writing, and arranging a great deal of his own music. He even wrote music for Anacani on the Lawrence Welk Show, including the song “En Jalisco Todo Es Beyo” (which the family is unable to locate), and wrote a hit single called “Teresa La Mesera” for Mike Laure.
Despite his immense talent, Miguel was taken advantage of by record companies, and to support his family with his wife Lupe, he had to work part-time in shipyards while continuing to pursue his passion for music. Unfortunately, he passed away from leukemia in 1992, leaving behind one last song for his family. His last public appearance was on the radio, where he was interviewed about his career and his final song was played.
Biography provided by: Veronica Salas – Great Granddaughter of Miguel Salas