Johnny Rodriguez

Born Dec 10, 1951

Johnny Rodriguez is an American country music singer. He was the first famous Latin American country music singer, infusing his music with Latin sounds, and even singing verses of songs in Spanish. In the 1970s and 1980s, he was one of country music's most successful male artists, recording a string of hit songs, such as "You Always Come Back to Hurting Me," "Desperado," "Down on the Rio Grande," and "Foolin'. " He has recorded six No.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Johnny Rodriguez.


1951 Birth Born on December 10, 1951.


1969 17 Years Old In 1969, at age 18, Rodriguez ended up in jail. … Read More
1971 19 Years Old Shahan then hired Johnny to perform at his local tourist attraction called the Alamo Village. While singing at this venue, he came to the attention of country singers Tom T. Hall and Bobby Bare, who encouraged the young singer to fly up to the country music capital Nashville, Tennessee in 1971. … Read More


1972 - 1973 2 More Events
1974 22 Years Old In addition to his success in country music, he also had a role on the television show Adam-12 and also made a guest appearance on The Dating Game in 1974. … Read More
1975 23 Years Old 1 More Event
The year 1975 was probably his biggest year, in terms of chart success. … Read More
1979 27 Years Old In 1979, he switched to Epic Records. … Read More


1982 30 Years Old In 1982, he did a duet with Zella Lehr on the song "Most Beautiful Girl (La Chica Mas Linda)." … Read More
1983 31 Years Old In 1983, he went into the Top 5 with the hit song "Foolin'," followed by the Top 10 hit "How Could I Love Her So Much." … Read More
1986 34 Years Old In 1986, he left Epic Records.
1987 35 Years Old In 1987, he signed with Capitol Records for a brief period of time.
1988 36 Years Old He had his last major hit in 1988 with "I Didn't (Every Chance I Had)," which reached No. 12 on the country charts.
1989 37 Years Old By 1989, he left Capitol Records. … Read More


1993 41 Years Old In 1993, he recorded an album for Intersound Records called Run For the Border. … Read More
1995 43 Years Old …  Johnny Rodriguez then married a third time in 1995 to Lana Nelson daughter of country singer/songwriter Willie Nelson. … Read More
1996 44 Years Old In 1996, he turned to another label, Paula Records, which issued a single called "One Bar At a Time", but it was unsuccessful. … Read More
1998 46 Years Old Johnny's last marriage was to Debbie McNeely, a hair salon owner in 1998 with whom he had a daughter, his only child, Aubry Rae Rodriguez born April 1998 (Smolowe, Jill People Magazine, Nov. 1, 1999 Vol. 52 No. 17). … Read More


2007 55 Years Old On August 18, 2007, Rodriguez was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, located in Carthage, Texas.
2010 58 Years Old On October 23, 2010, Johnny Rodriguez received the Institute of Hispanic Culture Pioneer Award, in recognition of his accomplishment as the first major Hispanic singer in country music. Johnny Rodriguez was first married to Linda Diann Patterson, a Southern Airways flight attendant from Conyers, Georgia. Her current name is Linda Diann Patterson Rodriguez Adams. Johnny and Linda married February 17, 1976 at Brentwood United Methodist Church located in Brentwood, Tennessee (Country Song Roundup Magazine, 1976).


2012 60 Years Old Rodriguez continues to tour and record new material, performing dates in the United States and Canada, where his music remains popular. In 2012, he released the first official live concert album entitled Johnny Rodriguez: Live from Texas. … Read More
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