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Tejano music legend Anselmo ‘El Chemiro’ Martínez passes away at 93

The popular Tejano singer, songwriter and musician was known for his original orchestra sound during the mid-1960s.

Jonny Martinez with his father Anselmo “El Chemiro” Martinez | Photo: Vic Gonzalez

Tejano music legend Anselmo “El Chemiro” Martínez passed away on Saturday morning (July 18). He was 93.

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Jonny Martínez, son of the music legend, Tejano singer and owner of AMI Records Latin, confirmed the news in a Facebook post. “It’s with much regret to inform you that Our Dad, Anselmo “El Chemiro” Martínez, has passed away to be with Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ at 7 am this morning. He lived a long and Beautiful life of 93 years. His love and passion was to sing and record Orchestrated Tejano Music! He is dearly loved and will be missed!!”

Photo: Facebook / Anselmo Martinez

“El Chemiro” was a popular Tejano singer, songwriter, and musician. The Texas Talent Musicians Association (TTMA) Hall of Fame inductee gained prominence in the mid-1960s by recording orchestra music influenced by Glenn Miller, and by subsequently introducing the style coast to coast while touring and recording his original compositions. He released 13 albums, 248 original songs, and over 200 popular song recordings. Martínez also wrote 261 Gospel songs and released five gospel albums.

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