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Tejano music legend Johnny Canales dies at the age of 77

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Posted at 7:24 AM, Jun 13, 2024

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Johnny Canales, a pioneer of Tejano music, has died at the age of 77.

Just before 8 a.m. on June 13, his wife Nora posted to the El Show de Johnny y Nora Canales Facebook page that he had passed. In the social media post, Canales' wife said Johnny was more than "a beloved husband, father, TV host, musician, and entertainer — he was a beacon of joy for countless people."

Canales has been a household name in South Texas for more than four decades after the 1983 debut of the Johnny Canales Show, which later became El Show de Johnny y Nora Canales. Johnny Canales was known for his signature call-out, "You got it! Take it away! Eso!"

"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," stated Nora Canales in her Facebook post.