Johnny Rodriguez
American singer
Johnny Rodriguez
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.
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Alfred Johnny Rodriguez, 40
LATimes - over 3 years
Alfred Johnny Rodriguez, a 40-year-old Latino, was fatally wounded Tuesday, July 30, in the 1900 block of East 71st Street in Florence-Firestone, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. Neighbors first reported hearing fireworks at 8:40 p.m. but then found Rodriguez suffering from gunshot wounds in the street, according to the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department. He died at the scene at 8:56 p.m., a coroner’s spokeswoman said. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s homicide bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. — Nicole Santa Cruz and Emily Foxhall
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Gabriel Schivone: Woody Guthrie's Musical Empathy With Latino Migrants Resonates 64 Years Later
Huffington Post - over 4 years
From the Dustbowl Troubadour's own hard travelling through Tucson, AZ looking for work and food, Woody Guthrie was a friend to migrants and the oppressed. His legacy reverberates during Tucson's current "Freedom Summer" to save Chicano culture from being erased by state/local authorities. Cherished American songwriter and poet Woody Guthrie always spoke up for the underdog, especially those downtrodden by society and the government. The 100th anniversary of his birth on July 14th coincided with some latest news in a deepening social struggle -- one of the greatest of our time. US border enforcement and immigration policies, underscored by economic discrimination, touched Guthrie in personal ways which extend today in the growing justice movement for migrants and Latino-indigenous peoples. Nicknamed the "Dustbowl Troubadour" (on account of his vocalizing, in song, countless human stories from the period of catastrophic drought and dust storms throughout the Great Plains ...
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Mack Trucks, LCTI Drive New SteelStacks Stand
Bethlehem Patch - almost 5 years
  Salisbury High Sophomore Casey Moyer is looking forward to going to the new Mack Truck Stop concession stand at the SteelStacks in Bethlehem this summer and saying “I helped build that.” He has plenty of company. Moyer is one of 35 Lehigh Career & Technical Institute students who is rebuilding and refurbishing a Titan model Mack Truck that will be part of the concession stand at Levitt Pavilion at SteelStacks arts venue. The truck will be installed next to the Mack Truck Stop in June, giving it the appearance that it is pulling a trailer, said Kassie Hilgert, senior vice president of marketing and advancement for ArtsQuest, which opened the Levitt Pavilion last year. Hilgert praised Mack Trucks in Lower Macungie for contributing to the arts and culture scene at SteelStacks in a way that is in keeping with the industrial heritage of the site. “Then they went a step further,” Hilgert said. “They decided to reach out to partner with LCTI and find students to ...
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Today in Music History - Aug. 29 - (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
In 1998, country singer Johnny Rodriguez was charged with murder after he shot and killed an acquaintance at his home in Sabinal, Tex. The singer's lawyer said Rodriguez mistook the 26-year-old victim for a burglar. Rodriguez was acquitted in October,
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Johnny Rodriguez Tells Us How to Get Wedding-Perfect Hair - D Magazine
Google News - over 5 years
Here at the Johnny Rodriguez Salon we believe healthy glowing beauty comes from within. By providing a thorough trial run, we are able to make recommendations from the inside out to help a bride feel confident she has the most flattering look
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Bandits get bonus from Edmondson's homers - Quad City Times
Google News - over 5 years
From the perspective of manager Johnny Rodriguez, they were a much-needed bonus. “This was a good game to win, the way we came back from down 2-0 and the way we answered after they went up again,” Rodriguez said. “It took us a little while to get going
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Bandits' rally comes up short vs. Beloit - Quad City Times
Google News - over 5 years
“We have found ourselves playing a lot of games against teams lately that are competing for playoff spots, and they are playing well right now,” Quad-Cities manager Johnny Rodriguez said. “We've had chances in a lot of those games, but the little
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Sunnyside downs Rhode Island 9-2 - Tucson Citizen
Google News - over 5 years
16, 2011, under Sports Top (LR) Coach Mike Peralta, Coach Alfred Pesqueira, Hulises Pelayo (Desert View), Daniel Burrola (Sunnyside), Eduardo Bacame (Sunnyside), Johnny Rodriguez (Sunnyside), Shawn Bracamontes (Sunnyside) & Manager Josue Guadarrama
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JLWS: Late homer gets Venezuela past Puerto Rico - Southgate News Herald
Google News - over 5 years
Augie Otero, Eddie Became and Johnny Rodriguez went deep for Tucson. Taipei 11, Italy 0 (five innings): Hung Yuan Lin hit a three-run home run in the first and Taipei rolled past Emilia, Italy, in both teams' JLWS opener. Chun Yu Wang, Yi Chung Tseng
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Burlington tattoos QC pitchers - Quad City Times
Google News - over 5 years
"We don't pitch well against them, and we haven't all year," Quad-Cities manager Johnny Rodriguez said. "We need to do a better job of establishing ourselves inside and find a way to own the plate. We've let them get too comfortable
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Bandits rally past Burlington - Quad City Times
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We're really growing in that area and that is making us a better team," Quad-Cities manager Johnny Rodriguez said. "I've got 12 guys who I am confident in when they step into the batter's box, and it couldn't happen at a better time
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QC manager Rodriguez challenges team to play the game the right way - Quad City Times
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John Schultz Quad-City River Bandits manager Johnny Rodriguez hits fly balls to outfielders, Thursday, July 29, 2010, during an afternoon practice before their game against the Kane County Cougars. (John Schultz / Quad-City Times) His team was in the
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Dayton rallies to end Bandits' win streak - Quad City Times
Google News - over 5 years
Dayton batted around in the first and ninth innings Thursday night at Modern Woodmen Park, but it wasn't the Dragons' four-run ninth that had Quad-Cities manager Johnny Rodriguez fuming after a 12-8 loss ended the River Bandits' six-game win streak
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KMNDZ's Christmas bauble bombs print Tres Colores - (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Real name: Johnny Rodriguez, he takes his moniker from the computer keyboard directive 'command' + 'z' = 'undo'. This print, with a run of 40, went like hotcakes at just $50 (£31) in 1xRUN's weekly release. A graphic designer by trade Rodriguez, 37,
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Bandits 4, Wisconsin 1 - Quad City Times
Google News - over 5 years
Combined with the leg injury that sidelined Nick Longmire on Monday, River Bandits manager Johnny Rodriguez welcomes the league-wide off day today. QUOTEBOOK: “We're the walking wounded right now. I was down to one guy, Packy Elkins, on the bench
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Bandits pitcher wins 4th straight start - Quad City Times
Google News - over 5 years
River Bandits manager Johnny Rodriguez, a long-time Colts fan who has had Indianapolis gear hanging in his clubhouse office the past two seasons, knew his team was in good hands with Angerer in the house. "Good karma," said Rodriguez, who came out of
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QC skipper sees positive in loss - Quad City Times
Google News - over 5 years
But, Quad-Cities manager Johnny Rodriguez didn't consider Thursday to be a total loss for his River Bandits. "After the way we hit the last two, three days, there was a lot to like about our offense," Rodriguez said following his team's 10-hit
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Cardinals keep minor leaguers on the move - Quad City Times
Google News - over 5 years
"When guys are moving up, it means that they are doing their job and it means that we are doing our job," River Bandits manager Johnny Rodriguez said. During the first three months of the Midwest League season, 11 Quad-Cities players have been promoted
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Johnny Rodriguez
  • 2012
    Age 60
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The album includes most of his biggest hits in addition to fan favorites and new songs from recent releases. Rodriguez has been honored by three U.S. presidents: Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush. He played at George H.W. Bush's inaugural ball.
  • 2010
    Age 58
    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).
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  • 2007
    Age 55
    On August 18, 2007, Rodriguez was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, located in Carthage, Texas.
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  • 1998
    Age 46
    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).
    More Details Hide Details He is now living in Texas. Johnny has achieved a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. General
  • 1996
    Age 44
    In 1996, he turned to another label, Paula Records, which issued a single called "One Bar At a Time", but it was unsuccessful.
    More Details Hide Details By this time his musical presence was fading from the public view, as more neo-traditional country singers were making hits on the country charts, like Garth Brooks, Randy Travis, and Dwight Yoakam. Several labels have re-issued the music of Johnny Rodriguez. The UK-based Hux Records re-issued digitally remastered versions of his first two albums "Introducing" and "All I Ever Meant To Do Was Sing." Hux Records plans to release more of Johnny's classic material in the near future. The label is owned and operated by an English businessman named Brian O'Reilly, who is an outspoken fan of Johnny Rodriguez. Since 1998, Rodriguez has toured the United States and world, performing in countries including Switzerland, Poland, England, South Korea, Canada, and Mexico. He has performed concerts at the famed Ryman Auditorium and Carnegie Hall.
  • 1995
    Age 43
    Johnny Rodriguez then married a third time in 1995 to Lana Nelson daughter of country singer/songwriter Willie Nelson.
    More Details Hide Details His marriage to Lana lasted only 7 months (Smolowe, Jill People Magazine Nov. 1, 1999 Vol. 52 No. 17).
  • 1993
    Age 41
    In 1993, he recorded an album for Intersound Records called Run For the Border.
    More Details Hide Details In the mid-1990s, the indie label High-Tone released his album You Can Say That Again. He continued to tour around the country during this time.
  • 1989
    Age 37
    By 1989, he left Capitol Records.
    More Details Hide Details Overall in the course of his career, Rodriguez released 26 albums and 45 charted singles. He has also had six No. 1 hits on the country charts.
  • 1988
    Age 36
    He had his last major hit in 1988 with "I Didn't (Every Chance I Had)," which reached No. 12 on the country charts.
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  • 1987
    Age 35
    In 1987, he signed with Capitol Records for a brief period of time.
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  • 1986
    Age 34
    In 1986, he left Epic Records.
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  • 1983
    Age 31
    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."
    More Details Hide Details However, by the mid-80s, he was becoming less successful.
  • 1982
    Age 30
    In 1982, he did a duet with Zella Lehr on the song "Most Beautiful Girl (La Chica Mas Linda)."
    More Details Hide Details The single was released by Columbia Records.
  • 1979
    Age 27
    In 1979, he switched to Epic Records.
    More Details Hide Details Under Epic, he worked with the legendary producer Billy Sherrill, who produced some of the biggest names in the business at the time. His first hit from Epic came that year with the No. 6 country hit, "Down on the Rio Grande." His debut album from the record company was entitled Rodriguez. All the songs from the album were cover versions. Although Rodriguez did not make the Top 10 continuously as in the past, he managed to stay in the Top 20, with hits like "Fools For Each Other" and "What'll I Tell Virginia." At the same time, Rodriguez continued to be a popular concert attraction. However, Rodriguez was also having personal problems.
  • 1975
    Age 23
    By 1975, Rodriguez was considered a member of the outlaw country market in country music, like fellow musicians Bobby Bare and Tom T. Hall.
    More Details Hide Details Despite the outlaw movement fading from view in the late 1970s, Rodriguez was determined to stay on top of his game.
    The year 1975 was probably his biggest year, in terms of chart success.
    More Details Hide Details That year all three singles he released soared to No. 1 on the country charts: "I Just Can't Get Her Out of My Mind" "Just Get Up and Close the Door," and "Love Put a Song in My Heart." Success on the country charts continued throughout much of the '70s. He recorded songs not only written by himself around this time, but also covers of others' songs such as Linda Hargrove's "Just Get Up and Close the Door," Mickey Newbury's "Poison Red Berries," and Billy Joe Shaver's "Texas Up Here Tennessee." These songwriters were also country music singers themselves.
  • 1974
    Age 22
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He also began to appear on talk shows.
  • 1973
    Age 21
    In 1973, his debut album was released, which rose to No. 1 on the "Top Country Albums" chart.
    More Details Hide Details He was nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year by the CMA Awards.
  • 1972
    Age 20
    In 1972 Rodriguez was voted the Most Promising Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music.
    More Details Hide Details The next year, he achieved his first No. 1 hit song, "You Always Come Back to Hurting Me." Another song that year, "Ridin' My Thumb to Mexico," was also a No. 1 hit. Both his No. 1 hits charted on the Pop charts, but only moderately. Rodriguez wrote some of his own material such as the song "Ridin' My Thumb to Mexico."
  • 1971
    Age 19
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The 21-year-old singer arrived in Nashville with nothing more than a guitar in his hand and $14 in his pocket. Fortunately, Hall soon found work for Rodriguez fronting his band, as well as writing songs. Less than one year later, Hall personally took Rodriguez to the heads of Mercury Records' Nashville division to land him an audition with the record label. After performing the songs "I Can't Stop Loving You" and "If I Left It Up to You," he was then offered a contract with Mercury. He signed with them and began recording in their Nashville studio. After signing with Mercury, Rodriguez was soon on the way to becoming famous. His first single to be released for Mercury was 1972s "Pass Me By." This recording was a big success, going to No. 9 on the Hot Country Songs list that year, and making him a country star overnight. Rodriguez became the first well-known Latin American country singer. (Freddy Fender achieved fame a few years later, in 1975.)
  • 1969
    Age 17
    In 1969, at age 18, Rodriguez ended up in jail.
    More Details Hide Details He sang frequently in his cell and was overheard by Texas Ranger Joaquin Jackson, who was very impressed and told promoter "Happy" Shahan about him. (The common story told is that he was arrested after he and some friends were caught stealing and barbecuing a goat, although Jackson would later state that Rodriguez was in jail simply for an unpaid fine.)
  • 1951
    Born on December 10, 1951.
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