Written by Ashton Snyder on
 June 15, 2024

Tejano Singer and TV Host Johnny Canales Passes Away at 77

Tejano singer and television host Johnny Canales, a beloved figure in Latin music, has died at the age of 77.

According to Fox News, his family confirmed his death through a statement posted on their show's Facebook page, although the cause of death was not disclosed.

Renowned for his catchphrase "Take it away," Canales hosted a popular televised music program in Corpus Christi, Texas, throughout the 1980s and 1990s. His charismatic presence and commitment to promoting Latino culture and music earned him a loyal following. The family statement announcing his death omitted any information on the cause.

Canales's family expressed their grief through an emotional post on the Johnny and Nora Canales Show Facebook page. They acknowledged not only the loss of a husband and father but also the departure of a significant cultural figure. "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," the statement read.

Johnny Canales Helped Launch Selena's Career

Canales is widely remembered for his role in nurturing the career of Tejano superstar Selena Quintanilla-Perez, affectionately known as Selena. He provided the young singer with a platform that catapulted her to international stardom. Through his show, burgeoning artists were introduced to audiences across the United States, Mexico, and Latin America.

The influence of Canales extended beyond the stage, as his show became a cultural touchstone within the Latino community. His efforts to elevate Latino talent did not go unnoticed, and his contributions were commemorated in the Netflix series "Selena: The Series," where actor Luis Bordonada portrayed him.

Canales's impact was felt deeply in Corpus Christi, where many local musicians drew inspiration from his success. "To see someone from here do that and then blow up on a national scale, or a worldwide scale really, is really important because you want to see people like yourself doing these things," said Corpus Christi musician and music producer Dusty Oliveira to KXII-TV.

A Beacon for Latino Music and Culture

At its peak, Johnny Canales's syndicated show reached audiences across the United States, Mexico, and Latin America. The program was not only a platform for musicians but also a celebration of Latino heritage. Canales's dedication to promoting Latino music and culture permeated every episode, leaving an indelible mark on his viewers.

"His infectious charisma and dedication to promoting Latino music and culture left a large mark on the world," the family's statement continued. Canales's ability to connect with both audiences and performers made him a cherished figure in the entertainment industry.

While Canales may no longer be with us, his legacy endures through the countless artists and fans he influenced. His death marks the end of an era, but his contributions to the Tejano and broader Latino music scenes will be remembered for generations.


Johnny Canales's television show not only highlighted musical talent but also served as an important cultural platform. Emerging artists found a welcoming stage, and established performers had the opportunity to connect with new fans. Canales's energetic and engaging style became synonymous with the vibrant spirit of Latino music and entertainment.

The announcement of Canales's passing has led to an outpouring of tributes and remembrances from fans, colleagues, and the music industry at large. His contribution to enhancing the visibility of Latino artists on a national and international stage remains a significant achievement. Canales's family has requested privacy as they navigate this difficult time. His enduring influence on the Latino music community remains a testament to his life’s work.

Johnny Canales, a pioneering Tejano singer and TV host, has passed away at the age of 77. His family confirmed his death through a social media statement, while opting not to disclose the cause. Known for helping launch the career of Tejano superstar Selena, Canales leaves behind a profound legacy in the world of music and entertainment. His lasting impact on promoting Latino culture and heritage will be remembered by many.

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