Robert Fernandez, one of the founding members of Los Tejanos and a well-known Tejano music advocate in west Texas, passed away on Saturday. He was 62.
Fernandez, also known as Gordy, founded Los Tejanos with friend John Fuentes and other musicians in 1971, according to an online obituary for Fernandez. The band toured extensively across Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.
Fernandez, who was a huge advocate for Tejano music, promoted several artists and his band opened for many legendary Tejano artists, including Selena, Little Joe Y La Familia, Mazz and La Mafia.
The band recorded the album Los Tejanos Presentan El Charro Negro in 1981 at Corpus Christi-based Freddie Records featuring Tejano music legend Bobby “El Charro Negro” Butler of Tortilla Factory, who passed away in October 2016.
“Robert has left a long standing legacy that will not be forgotten,” according to the online obituary for Fernandez. “He was known as an advocate for Tejano music and made it a point to bring bands to the area that might not have come without his support. The day Robert passed thousands took to social media to share their favorite memories and love for Robert. He was remembered for being a mentor, a great friend, an advocate and our personal favorite “a legend.” His memory will live on through his music, his family and thousands of friends he made over his lifetime.”
A rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Cathedral Church of the Sacred Heart in San Angelo, Texas. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church with burial in Johnson’s Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens.
“Instead of flowers, we ask that you will do an unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness to someone in his name. We will miss his sense of humor and his love of life, but we find comfort in knowing Robert can rest and is no longer suffering. His legend will live on.”
LISTEN: Los Tejanos Presentan El Charro Negro – “La del Moño Colorado”
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