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Meet Johnny Canales, the Texas TV Host Who Helped Put Selena on the Map

This is Johnny Canales.

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He’s a legendary Texas-based TV host and singer.

In the ’80s and ’90s, you watched this show if you wanted to see the latest in Tejano and regional Mexican music:

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That’s right, The Johnny Canales Show. The show, which began in Texas, was aired nationally on Univision and later moved to Telemundo.

The moment you heard these six words, you knew someone at home was watching Johnny Canales:

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YOU GOT IT! TAKE IT AWAY! Although the show was conducted in Spanish, both Canales and his guests would often break into English during their interviews. And it never felt forced, it was just people speaking Spanglish the way they were used to doing at home.

Canales showcased big-name acts like Ramon Ayala…

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Bronco…

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And helped break local Tejano acts like La Mafia:

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In the mid-80s, this young singer made an appearance on The Johnny Canales Show

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And after several appearances on the show…

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She blossomed into, you guessed it, the one and only ? Selena? .

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Selena made her first appearance on The Johnny Canales Show when she was only 13 years old. Canales said Selena stood out for her ability to sing and dance. According to Canales, there weren’t many artists around Texas who could do both.

Canales says when he first met Selena, he scolded her for not speaking Spanish. He noted that by the time he interviewed her in 1994, her Spanish had improved considerably. Here’s their final interview:

Not only did he help make Selena a star, Canales would also take his show on the road, where large crowds would gather to watch their favorite acts perform. And to send a few saludos:

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And Canales wasn’t just a charismatic host, he could also sing:

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Here he is singing “Botoncito de Cariño” with Los Huracanes del Norte.

After several decades on the air, The Johnny Canales Show went on hiatus when Canales ran into health problems.

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Canales had a stroke and went through five heart bypass surgeries. He even showed off his scar to Telemundo’s Levantate.

Canales was down, but not out. He’s back and more colorful than ever.

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Canales now works on a show with his wife of 20 years, Nora.

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It’s called El Nuevo Show de Johnny y Nora Canales and it continues to feature some of the brightest talent in Texas. And how does Canales feel about breaking artists such as Selena, La Mafia and Intocable? Canales recently told The Monitor News: “I never say that I made anybody, because they made themselves. But I think we had something to do to get them where they are right now.”

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Julián Castro Walked Onstage To Selena, Struggles With Spanish, And Other Ways He Lives The Latino Experience On The Campaign Trail

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Julián Castro Walked Onstage To Selena, Struggles With Spanish, And Other Ways He Lives The Latino Experience On The Campaign Trail

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Last week, the 2020 presidential election officially kicked off with the Democratic debate featuring ten politicians — and another ten the following night. It’s a bit subjective to say who came out on top as the clear winner because there were definitely a couple of them. Sen. Elizabeth Warren was good, as was Sen. Kamala Harris — but without a doubt, there was one breakthrough star.

Less than a week after Julián Castro delivered a commanding performance at the debates in Miami, yesterday he returned to Texas and walked onstage to Selena’s “Baila Esta Cumbia.”

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The former San Antonio mayor and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (under Obama), was in Texas over the weekend and made some critical stops including visiting a detention center. He also spoke to potential voters at St. John’s church in Houston.

This is not the first time Castro has played Selena during a campaign stop. He began this tradition since day one of his candidacy for president.

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We love that he’s a fan of Selena! Honestly, it would be more surprising if he wasn’t since he is from Texas, the homeland of the queen of Tejano music. It just makes sense that Selena would be a part of his campaign since she is so important to his home state.

Castro and Selena have a lot in common so it makes sense that the presidential hopeful would play her music.

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Yes, they’re both from Texas and are of Mexican descent. Most importantly, they represent a future of their times. Selena gave Latinos a mainstream representation in music they had never seen before. Castro is offering a future that young Latinos want and deserve.

Selena and Castro were not brought up speaking Spanish in their house.

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Castro’s speech in San Antonio included several talking points that he made during the debates including that undocumented immigrants should have the right to health care, dealing with climate change, and women’s rights.

“People coming to this country in these ways are desperate. I don’t believe in criminalizing desperation,” he said about immigration reform.

He also added that his first task as president would be to deal with undoing Trump’s mess. “My first executive order as POTUS will be to recommit the United States to the Paris Agreement.”

Like Selena, and many other Latinos, Castro admits that his Spanish needs work because of the need to assimilate.

“I guess the best place to start is to say that there are Latinos who have lived here for generations,” he said. “My grandmother that I grew up with got here almost 100 years ago in 1922. In my grandparents time, in my mom’s time, Spanish was looked down upon. You were punished in school if you spoke Spanish. You were not allowed to speak it. People, I think, internalized this oppression about it, and basically wanted their kids to first be able to speak English. And I think that in my family, like a lot of other families, that the residue of that, the impact of that is that there are many folks whose Spanish is not that great.”

Check out the video below to watch Castro’s Selena entrance.

Honestly, this is the kind of entrance we want more politicians to take part in. Who doesn’t like a Selena jam to listen to?

READ: Julián Castro Did Not Hold Back When Democrats Debated Immigration During The First Debate

The Sixth Annual Selena Quintanilla Fan Gathering Happens This Weekend

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The Sixth Annual Selena Quintanilla Fan Gathering Happens This Weekend

Latinos can celebrate Selena Quintanilla on any given day. We can honor her legacy on the day of her birth, on the day she left us, and any day of the week. That is why we’re totally down to go on a Selena cruise, or going to Corpus Christie or dressing up as her on Halloween.

But, let’s be real, we don’t need a birthday, or anniversary or Halloween to come around to celebrate the Tejano queen. And that’s exactly why we’re looking forward to an event right here at home.

The sixth annual Selena Fan Gathering is taking place on Saturday, June 1 in Los Angeles.

The day event is filled with so much love for the Queen of Tejano including live performances, vendors, giveaways, contests, raffles, DJ, impersonators, art, and a life-size photo prop.

Special guests includes Mario “Scar” from Cholos Try.

We know what you’re thinking? You want to show up and recreate the “Anything for Salinas” scene, right? Yup, us too. Organizers suggest showing up super early if you want a photo op with Scar.

Muralist Levi Ponce will also be there to talk to fans and create a new Selena mural.

Ponce has created some of the most stunning murals featuring Latino pioneers. Click here to see some more of his incredible work.

The Selinas independent vendors will be there selling the cutest Selena merch.

The Colombian vendors are coming a long way to meet L.A. fans, and we cannot wait to get our hands on these cool items.

The Como La Flor band will also be there.

Saturday’s event will be poppin’ with the best Selena tribute cover bands.

Here’s the break down:

Where: Plaza De La Raza. Park Parking lot on Mission Rd.

When: June 1, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. You are advised to show up early.

Click here for more information.

READ: A Quintanilla Family-Approved Selena Series Is Coming To Netflix And People Are Freaking Out

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