Johnny Canales, tejano promoter dead 2024
Courtesy Johnny Canales Show

In devastating news for the world of Tejano music and música mexicana, the Canales family announced today the death of Johnny Canales, a beloved television presenter and pivotal figure in promoting Tejano music in the United States and Mexico. He is considered instrumental in presenting Selena Quintanilla and her band to Mexican audiences.

The sad news was revealed on social media, causing sorrowful reactions from colleagues, artists, and fans:

With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Johnny Canales.

He was more than just a beloved husband, father, TV host, musician, and entertainer; he was a beacon of hope and joy for countless people. His infectious charisma and dedication to promoting Latino music and culture left a large mark on the world. Johnny's spirit will continue to live on through the countless lives he touched and the legacy he built.

We thank you all for your kind words, love, and support during this difficult time. Please keep our family in your thoughts and prayers. Remember him not with sadness, but with the joy and passion he always brought into our lives - El Show de Johnny y Nora Canales Facebook page.

A Legendary Career in Music and Television

Johnny Canales began his legendary TV show, 'The Johnny Canales Show,' in 1983. The program played a crucial role in the careers of many artists in the Tejano and grupero genres. Notably, Canales was responsible for launching Selena y Los Dinos's first performances in Mexico.

Throughout his career, Canales was dedicated to promoting Tejano and norteño music, achieving significant success in both the United States and Mexico. His show provided a platform for numerous artists to reach a broader audience and gain recognition.

In May, Johnny's wife, Nora Canales, shared that although his health had been declining, he had not been hospitalized and was receiving medical care at his home in Corpus Christi, Texas. The exact cause of his death remains unknown.

The Entertainment World Reacts

Johnny Canales' death prompted heartfelt reactions from the Latin music industry. Grupero singer Ramón Ayala expressed his condolences on social media, stating, "Today, Tejano music is in mourning because one of its greatest promoters has left us."

Ayala elaborated on Canales' impact, saying, "To talk about Johnny Canales is to talk about a man who supported and gave space to new musical talents regardless of their origin. He was a pioneer and discoverer of new artists who, thanks to his vision, became renowned international figures. His program was watched by thousands across the United States and northern Mexico, uniting our Latino brothers and sisters living in the U.S., always defending just causes and his fellow immigrant countrymen. Farewell, my brother... May the Lord receive you in eternal joy, we will remember you with joy how you were in life, Johnny."

Los Cadetes de Linares de Lupe Tijerina also expressed their sorrow on social media, stating on their Facebook page: "Today you become a legend, Johnny Canales. You will always be a reference in the history of our norteña music."

A Legacy of hope and love for Mexican music

Johnny Canales' passing is a significant loss to the regional mexicano music world. His efforts to promote Tejano and norteña music have left an indelible mark on the industry. As fans and artists alike remember his contributions, they are encouraged to celebrate his life with the same joy and passion he brought to everything he did.

In this time of mourning, the legacy of Johnny Canales continues to inspire and uplift, reflecting the profound impact he had on the world of Latin music and culture.

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