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).

Laura Canales
Laura Canales