TV host and musician Johnny Canales dies at 77

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (ValleyCentral) — Renowned TV host and musician Johnny Canales passed away at the age of 77. His wife, Nora Canales, announced his death on Facebook early Thursday morning.

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American Norteno/Tejano Band “Siggno” (Lead Singer Jesse Turner & Professional Drummer Cesar “Chato” Sanchez), Tejano Singer Lucky Joe with La Machy from La Conquista, and Nora and Johnny Canales.

Texas State Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa paid tribute to Canales on Facebook, saying, “Today, we lost an icon, an entertainer, and a leader in expanding the influence of Tejano and Latino music. My friend Johnny Canales, from Robstown, TX, will always be remembered as Mr. “You got it, Take it Away!”

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Left to right: Nora Canales, Johnny Canales, and Texas State Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa.

He gained international fame from South Texas with his show, El Show de Johnny Canales, which initially aired in Texas, then expanded to the entire United States, and later reached 23 other countries. Canales was instrumental in launching the careers of various popular artists such as Selena, Bronco, Ramon Ayala, Bobby Pulido, and many more.

Canales was a household name for more than four decades since the debut of his show in 1983, later transitioning to El Show de Johnny y Nora Canales.

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