Intocable at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California on July 13, 2006.
|Origin||Zapata, Texas, United States|
|Genres||Tejano , Norteño|
Intocable (Untouchable) is a Tejano/Norteño musical group from Zapata, Texas that was started by friends Ricky Muñoz and René Martínez in the early 1990's. In a few years, Intocable rose to the top of the Tejano and Norteño fields with a musical signature that fused Tejano's robust conjunto and Norteño folk rhythms with a pop balladry. Intocable is perhaps the most influential group in Tejano and their tough Tejano/Norteño fusion has become the blueprint for dozens of Tex-Mex groups. The group's style, which combines romantic, hooky melodies, tight instrumentation and vocal harmony, is consistently imitated by other Tejano and Norteño groups, including Imán, Duelo, Costumbre, Solido, Estruendo, Intenso, and Zinzero.
Career accomplishments include four consecutive sold-out nights at Mexico City's prestigious Auditorio Nacional and the group's 2003 headlining appearance at Reliant Stadium in Houston, which drew a record 70,104 fans. They also played two sold-out dates at the 10,000-capacity Monterrey Arena in Monterrey, Mexico—an unusual accomplishment given that Norteño groups typically play large dance halls and rarely arenas unless it's an all day festival event. Intocable has also won at least eight of Univision's Premio Lo Nuestro awards. They received their first Grammy win in February 2005 at the 47th Annual Grammys (Grammy Award for Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album Album; Intimamente) and second at the 53rd annual Grammys for their album Classic.
They were the first of their genre to play at Dallas Cowboys Stadium, at the halftime show of the 2011 Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins game. They garnered two of the 5 nominations to the Billboard Regional Mexican Awards and got a nod for Best Norteño Album to the 2011 Latin Grammy for their album INTOCABLE 2011. They were also nominated for a Grammy for the album. INTOCABLE 2011 was released under the group’s own music label Good-i Music and the first two singles, Robarte Un Beso and Prometí, went to Number 1 on US regional radio charts. The 3rd single Arrepientete also did very well on radio and their 4th single Llueve was premiered live onstage at the 2012 Premio lo Nuestro where the group swept with all three categories they were nominated for.
In the early 1990's, the band's first indie albums barely sold. In August 1994 their album Fuego Eterno, with new label EMI Latin, had notable sales. The music of Ramón Ayala influenced the direction of the band. The band's lead vocalist and accordion player, Ricky Muñoz has stated that Ayala is his biggest inspiration. In 1997, the band suffered a setback when two members of the band left to form their own group—Johnny Lee Rosas, (bajo sexto and 2nd voice), and Albert Ramirez, (bass), formed Grupo Masizzo. Rosas rejoined the group in 2003 after four successful solo albums.
On January 31, 1999, two group members, Jose Ángel Farias and Silvestre Rodríguez, and road manager José Ángel González were killed in an accident while driving to Monterrey, Mexico. The group's van blew a tire causing the vehicle to leave the highway and crash. Muñoz and the remaining members of the group suffered multiple injuries and spent weeks in a Monterrey hospital. After a six-month layoff, Intocable toured successfully behind the comeback album Contigo (With You), whose first single was entitled El Amigo Que Se Fue (To A Friend Who Has Left), a tribute song to the fallen band members.
Stampede at a concert in Nuevo León, Mexico
Five people were killed and 12 injured in a stampede at a concert by Intocable in the city of Guadalupe, Nuevo León, Mexico on 2 May 2010. The panic started when concert-goers heard gunshots. Violence between rival drug cartels has plagued the area.
Most popular songs
The following are some of Intocable's songs that reached the top ten on Billboard singles charts: No Te Vayas, Vivir Sin Ellas, ¿Dónde Estás?, Eres Mi Droga, Amor Maldito, Soñador Eterno, Perdedor, El Amigo Que Se Fue, Ya Estoy Cansado, Enséñame A Olvidarte, Estás Que Te Pelas, Déjame Amarte, Sueña, Más Débil Que Tú,El Poder De Tus Manos, Muy A Tu Manera, Eso Duele, Soy Un Novato, Si Pudiera, Invisible, ¿A Dónde Estabas?, Tiempo, Es Mejor Decir Adiós, Contra Viento Y Marea, Aire, ¿Y Todo Para Qué?,Por Ella, Alguien Te Va A Hacer Llorar, Dame Un Beso, Bastó, Tu Adiós No Mata, Llévame En Tu Viaje, Hay Ojitos, Robarte Un Beso, No Puedo Volver, Prometí, and Te Amo (Para Siempre).
The group states that they are always looking out for that magical song with the right combination of lyrics and music that will intrigue and have an impact on the life of everyday people. In 2010 the band was named, "group of the decade," and their style has influenced many bands in the U.S. and other countries.
- Ricardo Javier "Ricky" Muñoz – (Lead Vocalist, Accordion)
- René Orlando Martínez – (Drums, Chorus)
- Sergio Serna – (Percussion)
- Johnny Lee Rosas – (Bajo Sexto, Backup Vocalist)
- Felix Salinas – (Bass)
- José Juan Hernández – (Group Motivator, Rhythms)
- Albert Ramirez – (Bass) 1995–1998
- José Ángel Farías – (Group Motivator, Rhythms) (Deceased)
- Silvestre Rodríguez – (Bass) (Deceased)
- José Ángel González – (Road Manager) (Deceased)
- Juan J. González Jr. – (Bajo Sexto, Guitar) 1993
- Ismael Arreola Jr. – (Group Motivator, Rhythms) 1993
- Juan J. Serna – (Bass) 1993–1995
- Adalberto Mejía – (Bass)
- Jose "Pepe" Perez – (Bass)
- Daniel "Danny" Sanchez – (Bajo Sexto, Backup Vocalist)
- Simplemente...Intocable'' (Simply...Untouchable) (1993)
- Fuego Eterno (Eternal Fire) (1994)
- Otro Mundo (Another World) (1995)
- Llévame Contigo (Take Me With You) (1996)
- IV (4) (1997)
- Intocable (Untouchable) (1998)
- Contigo (With You) (1999)
- Es Para Tí (This Is For You) (2000)
- Sueños (Dreams) (2002)
- La Historia (2003)
- Nuestro Destino Estaba Escrito (Our Destiny Was Written) (2003)
- Intimamente (Intimately/Live album) (2004)
- X(10) (2005)
- Crossroads: Cruce de Caminos (2006) (2007-Fan Edition)
- 2C (12) (2008)
- Classic ("Clasico" Mexico) (2009)
- Super #1's (2010)
- INTOCABLE 2011 (2011)
- En Peligro De Extincion (In Danger Of Extinction) (2013)
- Birchmeier, Jason. "Intocable - Biography". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
- "Five killed and 12 injured in Mexican concert crush". BBC News (news.bbc.co.uk). 2 May 2010. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
- "Intocable - Awards – Billboard Singles". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
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- Intocable to release 12th anniversary album
- Intocable interview with Acceso Total