On Wednesday, September 1st, The Tejano community lost one of it’s iconic figures Juanita “Janie” Esparza Owner of the Tejano industry landmark Janie’s Record Shop, in San Antonio, TX
The news of her passing was shared through Facebook by her family, “It is with heavy heart that we announce the passing of our mother Juanita“JANIE” Esparza. Momma passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her children, the outpouring of love and messages truly show how many lives our mother touched. Her love of life and music will live on.”
Janie’s Record Shop has been a staple for over 36 years in the Tejano & Conjunto community. Many artist(s) & fans took to social media to express their heartfelt condolences. Sharing the impact “Janie” had in their lives along with thoughts of what she meant to our industry.
Here are a few messages posted via Facebook
Elsa Garcia-“Victor & I send our sincere condolences to the entire Esparza family. Janie touched so many of us because she was a simple and very sincere person. Record sales were not her priority she loved what she did for the entire Tejano music nation. Rest in peace beautiful soul…Peace XOXO”
Maria T. Aguirre-“Our heartfelt condolences to Janie’s adult children and the Esparza family on the passing of Janie earlier this week. Janie had a beautiful spirit and a genuine humility toward everyone she interacted with. I will cherish the moments visiting with her and Robert when I would shop for the latest Tejano CDs. You will be missed, however the memories you’ve left with each of us are forever in our hearts. God bless”
Raulito Navaira- “A beautiful soul has gone to be with our father God.A lover of our beautiful music and culture.Always greeting you with a smile. And her knowledge of our music was incredible you would ask her any question and she knew who recorded it, what year, what label, she knew it all…We’re gonna miss you Janie Rest In Peace”
A pioneer in Tejano & Conjunto industry, Janie has been recognized, honored & inducted into various Hall of Fames along with receiving The Tejano Music Awards Lifetime Achievement Award.
Our own Harvey Rodriguez visited Janie’s Record Shop and was able to speak with Janie’s son Robert Esparza in regards to the future of the shop and how Janie’s legacy will live on.
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