Tejano legend ‘El Charro Negro’ Bobby Butler has passed away

By TejanoNation Staff @TejanoNation
By TejanoNation Staff
"El Charro Negro" Bobby Butler (Photo by Lupe Moya)
“El Charro Negro” Bobby Butler (Photo by Lupe Moya)

Legendary Tejano singer and musician Bobby Butler, also known as “El Charro Negro” (The Black Cowboy), has passed away, according to a report. Today would have been Butler’s 79th birthday.

According to, the Tejano music pioneer was found dead this morning at his apartment in San Angelo, Texas. Butler’s family asked the apartment manager to check on the singer who hadn’t been heard from since Tuesday.

San Angelo police are still conducting an investigation and have not commented on the incident. It’s believed Butler died sometime Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, according to the apartment complex manager.

Butler’s career spanned over 60 years including stints with Little Joe Y La Familia and the past 33 years as co-founder of Tortilla Factory. He was a three-time Grammy nominated musician and a member of the Tejano Music Hall Of Fame.

Tejano Nation sends our heartfelt condolences to Butler’s family and fans and will have more details on the legend’s passing when they become available.

3 comments on “Tejano legend ‘El Charro Negro’ Bobby Butler has passed away

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  3. Johnny Alaniz

    RIP Mr Bobby Butler El Charro Negro,What an awesome singer he was I would have loved to meet the man. If had known he lived in San Angelo I would have visited with him since I been passing through San Angelo since I was a child on my way to work the cotton fields in west Texas


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