Johnny Canales (born 1947 in Mexico City) is a former Tejano singer, and was host of the popular show titled "The Johnny Canales Show". Canales is credited with one of the first live performances of Selena by her thirteenth birthday. He took Selena y Los Dinos for their first concerts in Mexico. As a radio DJ in 1974, Canales gave Ruben Naranjo considerable airplay.
The original show
Johnny Canales was the executive producer for The Johnny Canales Show which debuted in 1983. His program showcased emerging bands from Mexico and the United States. Some of his guests included La Sombra de Chicago, Selena, Nancy, La Mafia, Mazz, Intocable, Grupo Pegasso De Emilio Reyna, Fama, Jaime y Los Chamacos, Jennifer Peña, Los Tigres del Norte and Los Relámpagos del Norte and many more. It aired on Televisa in Mexico and Univision in the United States from 1988 until 1996.
In 1996, Canales made the transition to the Telemundo Network. On November 12, 1997, Canales was interviewed for the UTA Center for Mexican American Studies Oral History Project. In 2002, Johnny Canales reached an agreement to bring his show back to Televisa and arranged to start touring again, doing shows in the Southwest part of the United States and Mexico. The show also aired on TuVision from August 2008 to November 2009.
Cancellation and Telemundo Lawsuit
Telemundo canceled the show in 2005, prompting Canales to file a lawsuit against the network. The lawsuit claims the network engaged in fraudulent and deceptive business practices against Canales, interfered with other business opportunities and ruined Canales' reputation. At the time of the lawsuit, Canales was seeking $100 million. The suit has since been dropped.
On May 31, 2009, Canales received a "Veteran of the Year" award from LULAC for his work on behalf of the G.I. Forum Canales’ wife, Nora, said they tried to film a pilot in 2008 but the project came to a standstill after he suffered a series of health problems including a stroke. After heart surgery and physical therapy he has made a full recovery. He continues to have health problems to this day.
Return of The Johnny Canales Show
On March 29, 2011, Canales compiled a free show at the American Bank Center’s Selena Auditorium. It featured performances from Grammy Award winning acts such as Ramon Ayala, Ruben Ramos & The Texas Revolution, Los Palominos and many others. It was recorded and edited into a pilot, which Canales plans in pitching to networks, in efforts of getting the show back on the air.
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