Tejano icon Jimmy Gonzalez passed away on Wednesday morning in a San Antonio hospital. He was 67.
His record label, Freddie Records, released a statement on Wednesday afternoon.
“It is with great sadness and regret that we announce that Tejano music pioneer, legend, and multiple Latin Grammy winner, Jimmy Gonzalez, passed away earlier this morning in a San Antonio hospital after a brief illness,” said the statement. “We at Freddie Records extend our sincerest condolences to the family of Jimmy Gonzalez, as well as the entire Grupo Mazz organization. We thank his fans around the world for their continued love and support.”
Born and raised in Brownsville, Texas, Gonzalez co-founded the legendary Grupo Mazz in 1978 and went on to achieve international acclaim as one of the most successful Tejano groups ever. Under his guidance as producer, guitarist, vocalist, and main musical mastermind, Grupo Mazz achieved unprecedented success topping the charts and winning numerous awards including platinum and gold records for outstanding sales, as well as numerous Tejano Music Awards.
“The legacy of Jimmy Gonzalez will continue to live on forever through his unforgettable music, his incredible artistry, and his many contributions to the Tejano music industry,” said Freddie Records.
Jimmy Gonzalez Y Grupo Mazz joined the Freddie Records family of artists in 1999. In that time, the band recorded 18 albums with the label including the hit albums, Quién Iba A Pensar, Siempre Humilde, The Legend Continues, Mazz Live Reunion – The Last Dance, and Que Cante El Mundo. His latest album, Porque Todavía Te Quiero was released this past April.
Gonzalez achieved many accolades throughout his years on Freddie Records including an unprecedented 6 consecutive Latin Grammy wins for Best Tejano Album, a streak that has never been matched.
Read the full statement from Freddie Records here.