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Tejano Music Roots – Jimmy Gonzalez, Joe Lopez and Grupo Mazz

Posted by on April 18, 2013

Mazz is a band that originates from Brownsville, Texas and came together in the early ‘70’s with the help of Jimmy González and Joe López. The group became one of the most successful Tejano crossover bands using synthesizers and combining Tex-Mex, Latin rhythms and Mexican music.

The hit single, “Comprendo Mi Amor” was released in 1978 on their album “Mazz” and in the following years, Grupo Mazz became a big hit along the Mexican regional scene with the hits “Laura Ya No Vive Aqui” and “No Te Olvidaré” as well as many other popular songs.

In 1998, Lopez formed the group “Joe Lopez y La Nueva Imagen Mazz” and González “Jimmy Gonzalez y Grupo Mazz”. Lopez also worled with Selena’s brother on an album produced in 2004 “A.B. Quintanilla III Presents Joe Lopez”. After the split, Jimmy Gonzalez y Grupo Mazz has enjoyed a lot of success winning “Best Tejano Album” 4 times from 2001 to 2004 at the Latin Grammy Awards. The band also won the same award in 2004 at the American Grammy Awards.

In 2006, Jimmy González and Joe López planned a reunion tour called “Joe Lopez, Jimmy Gonzalez y Grupo Mazz: The Last Dance Mazz Live Reunion” and would lead to a release of a new album.

Soon after this, Joe López was convicted of rape for assaulting a teenage relative and currently serving a 20 year sentence. Supporters believe he was wrongly convicted due to false allegations from a failed extortion attempt by a relative. He continues fighting his conviction and his case summary has been received by two innocence projects and by President Obama.

The music of Joe López and the songs he recorded when he was the lead singer with Grupo Mazz continues to get airplay at Tejano stations around the country today along with Jimmy Gonzalez y Grupo Mazz.

Here’s the official site: Jimmy González Y Grupo Mazz

Source:  Wikipedia: Mazz

Tejano Music Roots

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