Tejano music icon Johnny Canales dead at 77

News of the Latino music industry icon’s death was announced on Thursday morning. He was 77.

Barbi Leo, Mia Valdez, Iris Gonzalez

10:06 AM CDT June 13, 2024

10:27 AM CDT June 13, 2024

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — There is little else that stirs excitement in Tejano fans’ hearts than one phrase: “You got it! Take it away!”

To the sorrow of Tejanos everywhere, it was recently confirmed that Johnny Canales, host of the iconic “Johnny Canales Show,” has died at the age of 77. 

His wife, Nora Canales, tells 3NEWS he died at 11:55 p.m. Wednesday night. The following morning, at around 8 a.m., the Facebook page of “El Show de Johnny and Nora Canales” formally announced Canales’ death.

With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Johnny Canales. He was more than just a beloved husband, father, TV host,…

Posted by El Show de Johnny y Nora Canales on Thursday, June 13, 2024

Born in Mexico and raised in Robstown, Johnny Canales was a beloved name in Hispanic households and a tastemaker in the Tejano music industry. 

Canales’ career in broadcasting began at a Spanish-language radio station after a tour of military service in Germany.

Canales went on to host his own Tejano music variety show in 1983 known as the “Johnny Canales Show.” The show was a smash success across South Texas and was eventually broadcasted internationally from 1988 to 1995.

One of Canales’ most notable accomplishments throughout his career was his role in launching and supporting the musical careers of countless Tejano artists – including Selena Quintanilla, who made her debut on “The Johnny Canales Show” on her 13th birthday.

His career wasn’t without setbacks, however. Canales was plagued with health issues following a major stroke in 2008.

In spite of his health, Canales remained a constant figure in the world of Tejano. In 2014, alongside his wife Nora, Johnny returned to TV screens with the launch of their revamped music variety show “El Show de Johnny and Nora Canales.”

According to his family, Canales was an inspiration to many and was loved and admired greatly in his life. 

There is no word about any public memorial services at this time. 3NEWS will keep you updated as soon as we learn more.

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