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

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Jimmy Gonzalez

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."