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Johnny Canales ObitGrowing up along the Gulf Coast in La Porte, east of Houston, I could predictably rely on Johnny Canales’s presence in my childhood home. After mass on Sunday mornings, while my mom made chorizo or prepared barbacoa, my siblings and I changed out of our church clothes and turned on the TV in time for The Johnny Canales Show. We ate and watched together while the charismatic host, dressed in one of his flashy fringe jackets, introduced a new episode of a musical variety show that changed the lives of both the performers on stage and the members of its vast audience in studio and at home.To many non-Hispanic Texans, the name Johnny Canales may not ring a bell. But to Tejanos, it evokes the music of…

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