A beautiful monument honoring late Tejano icon Jimmy Gonzalez was unveiled at his gravesite on Saturday (Oct. 12.)
Fans, family and friends attended the ceremony at Buena Vista Burial Park in Brownsville, Texas, to reveal the black marble headstone, featuring a guitar on the right side. The front of the monument displays a picture of Gonzalez with his name, dates of birth and death and message, “Como quisiera que estuvieras aqui, para estar juntos una ves mas (How I wish you were here, to be together once more).”
The left side of the monument also displays a message, “A generous heart, a humble spirit, disciple of our Lord, and constant in faith – Music was his passion, a gift to the living, and an inspiration to us all.”
Gonzalez was a pioneer, a legend and a multiple Grammy Award winner that achieved international acclaim as co-founder of one of the most successful Tejano groups ever, Mazz. He died of cardiac arrest in June 2018 at the age of 67.
“Everyone in the Latin music industry – Tejano, Norteno, Regional Mexican industry – knew the name Jimmy Gonzalez, knew the impact he had made as an artist with Grupo Mazz as a producer, a writer, a guitar player, second to none,” said Freddie Martinez, Jr., Vice President of Operations and co-owner for Freddie Records. “He was the true musical mastermind of that band and that, there is no doubt.”
Gonzalez joined Freddie Records in 1999, recording many hit albums and songs, earning seven Latin Grammy Awards, six of them consecutively, and one Grammy Award.
“For nearly 20 years, Jimmy was a big part of the Freddie Records family and when I say family I truly mean family we don’t take that word lightly at Freddie Records,” added Martinez. “Jimmy was truly a part of the Freddie Records family.”
The monument was created by Tim Morris, also known as Cemetery Tim, who owns a headstone company in Toppenish, Washington, providing families with personalized headstones, tombstones, memorials, monuments and more. He created custom headstones for late rapper Eric “Eazy-E” Wright and Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes of hip-hop group TLC. He has also been commissioned to create a headstone for late Tejano singer Ernestine Romero, who was tragically killed in July.
“Over the last year, we’ve been working on this very special design for Jimmy,” said Morris. “It definitely represents who he was and I’m just very, very thankful to be a part of this and share this with the family.”
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