Jimmy Gonzalez, ‘Mastermind’ Behind the Grammy-Winning Grupo Mazz, Dies at 67

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Jimmy Gonzalez, ‘Mastermind’ Behind the Grammy-Winning Grupo Mazz, Dies at 67

Gonzalez’s legacy includes his influence on Tejano music.

Jimmy Gonzalez, the Grammy-winning Tejano frontman of Group Mazz, has died. He was 67.

The Latin Recording Academy confirmed Wednesday (June 6) that Gonzalez died. Published reports indicate that he had complications from diabetes.

Neil Portnow, president/CEO of the Recording Academy, and Gabriel Abaroa Jr., president/CEO of the Latin Recording Academy, released a joint statement:

“Jimmy Gonzalez was an influential artist who combined his U.S. roots with traditional Mexican music to create his unique Tejano crossover sound … his passion for creating music deeply connected to his cultural heritage was admired by many and made a significant impact on the Tejano music community. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends, and loved ones during this difficult time.”

Gonzalez earned three Grammy nominations between 1990 and 2003 and was awarded the best Tejano album Grammy with his band, Jimmy González y El Grupo Mazz, for Si Me Faltas Tu at the 46th Grammy Awards, according to the Recording Academy.

The award-winning musician was also recognized by the Latin Recording Academy with six Latin Grammys throughout his career.

“Jimmy Gonzalez was the mastermind behind the grupo Mazz sound,” said Carlos Alvarez, who has shared the stage with Gonzalez along with Mariachi Campanas de America. “A songwriter, producer and nnovator, he simply was a musical genius ahead of his time. His timeless songs and arrangements are covered by groups to this very day.”

Published on: Jun 7, 2018 


8 thoughts on “Jimmy Gonzalez, ‘Mastermind’ Behind the Grammy-Winning Grupo Mazz, Dies at 67

  1. We will miss a great Tejano artist that was talented and gifted with Tejano culture. Jimmy Gonzalez R.I.P.
    Let’s pray for our departed loved one Jimmy Gonzalez . May the Lord open the gates of heaven for Jimmy. Amen.

  2. You were a great singer and one of my favorite groups I listen to all the time may you fly high and keep singing in heaven.

  3. My condolences to the family and friends of Jimmy Gonzales my he RIP…very loved by many of us his music will live forever….. GOD BLESS YOU

  4. REST IN PEACE .. Condolences to the Gonzalez family.. to his wife and family.. and to all of us who mourn his passing.. Our Icon from the RGV BROWNSVILLE TX..
    He was the first group we went to his dance.. beautiful music from his soul and heart.. words with meaning songs with passion.. He and Joe Lopez had the best South Texas group ever !!! Long Live The King of Tejano music.. .. gone but his music remains.. in US WHO LOVED HIS MUSIC,, ,,


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