Laura Canales [1954-2005]
Laura Canales won “Best Female Vocalist of the Year” and other awards in the Tejano Music Awards from 1982 through 1987, a record she kept until Selena surpassed it in the 1990s. She was also one of a few women recording tejano music in the ‘70s. Her career as a singer began at age nineteen when she joined the group Los Unicos in 1973.
Later she sang with legendary Conjunto Bernal. In 1975 she joined Snowball & Co with whom she recorded her first hit, a cover version of “Midnight Blue.”
In 1977 she left Snowball & Co and formed Laura Canales and Encanto. She had a series of hits with Encanto and after winning many awards in the 1980s, was billed the “La Reina de la Onda Chicana” (Queen of the Chicano Wave).