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Intocable rose to mass popularity in the late '90s and became arguably the most successful tejano act of their day. Intocable's style of tejano is undeniably norteño in nature, driven by polka rhythms and heavily accented by accordion. The group even fashions itself as norteño (i.e., the cowboy look). However, their Texan roots and frontman Ricky Muñoz's gift for graceful pop melodies, among other subtleties, differentiate them from more traditional norteño acts like Los Tigres del Norte and Conjunto Primavera. Once Intocable established themselves on EMI Latin in the mid-'90s, they became one of the most steadily popular and commercially successful regional Mexican acts of their day. They regularly topped the regional charts with their albums as well as their singles, and they took pride in their devoted following, which allowed them to sell out massive arenas filled with tens of thousands of fans. In fact, Intocable were among the few regional Mexican artists -- along with the aforementioned Tigres del Norte and Conjunto Primavera, as well as superstars like Marco Antonio Solís and Ana Bárbara -- who rivaled the popularity and cultural impact of Latin pop stars such as Paulina Rubio, Juanes, and Thalía. Granted, those pop stars enjoyed truly international adoration, whereas a regional Mexican act like Intocable, for reasons of cultural specificity, was limited geographically to Mexico and the United States. But within Mexican and Mexican-American strongholds, Intocable were as revered as any pop star, and likely more respected. The band was critically acclaimed as well, with a long list of awards to its credit. For instance, they were regularly nominated for Premio Lo Nuestro and Latin Grammy awards, and they often won -- like in 2005, when they took home Latin Grammys for both Best Norteño Album (Diez) and Best Regional Mexican Song ("Aire").
Friends Ricky Muñoz (lead vocals, accordion) and René Martínez (drums) formed Intocable in Zapata, TX, in the early '90s. The group also includes Dany Sánchez (bajo sexto, second vocals), Sergio Serna (percussion), Félix Salinas (electric bass), Johnny Lee Rosas (bajo sexto, choruses), and Juan Hernández (group animation, rhythms). Group members Silvestre Rodríguez (electric bass) and José Ángel Farías (group animation, rhythms) sadly were lost in an auto accident in 1999, along with José Ángel González (road manager). Intocable began their recording career with Freddie Records, an independent label based in Corpus Christi, TX. Following the release of Simplemente... (1993), the band signed a contract with EMI Latin, for which the guys recorded their major-label debut, Fuego Eterno (1994).
The follow-up, Otro Mundo (1995), was Intocable's first album to chart, eventually breaking into the Top Five of the Regional Mexican album chart, thanks in part to a trio of hits: "La Mentira," "Coqueta," and "Parece Que No." Llévame Contigo (1996) picked up where its predecessor left off, spinning off more hits: "No Te Vayas," "Ya Ves," "Llévame Contigo," and "¿Y Todo Para Qué?" One of these, "No Te Vayas," became the group's first to top the regional airplay chart, even breaking into the Top Five of the Hot Latin Tracks chart -- impressive for a regional Mexican single. Moreover, Llévame Contigo also hit number one on the regional Mexican chart and broke into the Top Latin Albums Top Five. Intocable IV (1997) couldn't match the heights of Llévame Contigo, but it still proved mighty popular, spawning two number one hits ("Eres Mi Droga," "Vivir sin Ellas") and a Top Five ("Dónde Estás?"). Lo Mejor de Intocable: 12 Super Exitos (1997) capped off the band's opening run of breakthrough success.
The success continued unabated for Intocable -- mostly, that is, with the exception of one tragic episode. In March 1998, the group performed for a crowd of over 65,000 at the Houston Astrodome -- the first of numerous arena shows over the years for which Intocable would become renowned -- and Intocable (1998) followed shortly afterward, as did its hit singles ("Amor Maldito," "Perdedor," "Huracán"). Tragedy then struck. On January 31, 1999, Intocable suffered an auto accident that claimed two bandmembers (José Ángel Farías, Silvestre Rodríguez) and seriously injured the others, Muñoz included. The surviving bandmembers were hospitalized for weeks in Monterrey, Mexico, where they had been headed for a concert. After some time off to heal, physically as well as emotionally, Intocable staged a grand return with Contigo (1999). The album was preceded by a lead single, "El Amigo Que Se Fue," that paid tribute to the departed bandmembers. Contigo boasted three further singles ("Fuerte No Soy," "Soñador Eterno," "Ya Estoy Cansado"), hit number one on the regional chart, broke into the Top Latin Albums Top Five, and was the group's first to crack the Billboard 200.
Intocable's triumphant return from the 1999 tragedy that befell them inspired a legion of new fans, and the band's popularity peaked to new heights. The successive years brought more successful studio albums (Es Para Ti , Sueños , Nuestro Destino Estaba Escrito , et al.) and greatest-hits collections (14 Grandes Exitos , La Historia , Original Masters , et al.), not to mention a laundry list of hits, several of which hit number one ("Enséñame a Olvidarte," "Sueña," "El Poder de Tus Manos," "Eso Duele," "¿A Dónde Estabas?," et al.). A couple latter-day albums are worth noting: Intimamente (2004) showcases Intocable in an "unplugged" setting, performing many of their hits in a low-key fashion, while Diez (2005), their tenth album release for EMI, is a fantastic album complemented by a second disc that is essentially a tribute album comprised of covers by cutting-edge Latin alternative artists such as Kinky, Tego Calderón, and Natalia Lafourcade.
Wikipedia:This article is about the musical group. For the Don Omar song, see Intocable (song). For the professional wrestler, see El Intocable.
Intocable (Untouchable) is a Tejano/Norteño musical group from Zapata, Texas that was started by friends Ricky Muñoz and René Martínez in the early 1990s. In a few years, Intocable rose to the top of the Tejano and Norteño fields with a musical signature that fused Tejano's robust conjunto and Norteño folk rhythms with a pop balladry. Intocable is perhaps the most influential group in Tejano and their tough Tejano/Norteño fusion has become the blueprint for dozens of Tex-Mex groups. The group's style, which combines romantic, hooky melodies, tight instrumentation and vocal harmony, is consistently imitated by other Tejano and Norteño groups, including Imán, Duelo, Costumbre, Solido, Estruendo, Intenso, and Zinzero.
Career accomplishments include four consecutive sold-out nights at Mexico City's prestigious Auditorio Nacional and the group's 2003 headlining appearance at Reliant Stadium in Houston, which drew a record 70,104 fans. They also played two sold-out dates at the 10,000-capacity Monterrey Arena in Monterrey, Mexico—an unusual accomplishment given that Norteño groups typically play large dance halls and rarely arenas unless it's an all day festival event. Intocable has also won at least eight of Univision's Premio Lo Nuestro awards. They received their first Grammy win in February 2005 at the 47th Annual Grammys (Grammy Award for Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album Album; Intimamente) and second at the 53rd annual Grammys for their album Classic.
They were the first of their genre to play at Dallas Cowboys Stadium, at the halftime show of the 2011 Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins game. They garnered two of the 5 nominations to the Billboard Regional Mexican Awards and got a nod for Best Norteño Album to the 2011 Latin Grammy for their album INTOCABLE 2011. They were also nominated for a Grammy for the album. INTOCABLE 2011 was released under the group’s own music label Good-i Music and the first two singles, Robarte Un Beso and Prometí, went to Number 1 on US regional radio charts. The 3rd single Arrepientete also did very well on radio and their 4th single Llueve was premiered live onstage at the 2012 Premio lo Nuestro where the group swept with all three categories they were nominated for.
In the early 1990s, the band's first indie albums barely sold. In February 1994 their album Fuego Eterno, with new label EMI Latin, had notable sales. The music of Ramón Ayala influenced the direction of the band. The band's lead vocalist and accordion player, Ricky Muñoz has stated that Ayala is his biggest inspiration. In 1997, the band suffered a setback when two members of the band left to form their own group—Johnny Lee Rosas, (bajo sexto and 2nd voice), and Albert Ramirez, (bass), formed Grupo Masizzo. Rosas rejoined the group in 2003 after four successful solo albums.Birchmeier, Jason. "Intocable - Biography". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
On January 31, 1999, two group members, Jose Ángel Farias and Silvestre Rodríguez, and road manager José Ángel González were killed in an accident while driving to Monterrey, Mexico. The group's van blew a tire, causing the vehicle to leave the highway and crash. Muñoz and the remaining members of the group suffered multiple injuries and spent weeks in a Monterrey hospital. After a six-month layoff, Intocable toured successfully behind the comeback album Contigo (With You), whose first single was entitled "El Amigo Que Se Fue" (To A Friend Who Has Left), a tribute song to the fallen band members.
Stampede at a concert in Nuevo León, Mexico
Five people were killed and 12 injured in a stampede at a concert by Intocable in the city of Guadalupe, Nuevo León, Mexico on 2 May 2010. The panic started when concert-goers heard gunshots. Violence between rival drug cartels has plagued the area."Five killed and 12 injured in Mexican concert crush". BBC News (news.bbc.co.uk). 2 May 2010. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
Most popular songs
The following are some of Intocable's songs that reached the top ten on Billboard singles charts: No Te Vayas, Vivir Sin Ellas, ¿Dónde Estás?, Eres Mi Droga, Amor Maldito, Soñador Eterno, Perdedor, El Amigo Que Se Fue, Ya Estoy Cansado, Enséñame A Olvidarte, Estás Que Te Pelas, Déjame Amarte, Sueña, Más Débil Que Tú,El Poder De Tus Manos, Muy A Tu Manera, Eso Duele, Soy Un Novato, Si Pudiera, Invisible, ¿A Dónde Estabas?, Tiempo, Es Mejor Decir Adiós, Contra Viento Y Marea, Aire, ¿Y Todo Para Qué?,Por Ella, Alguien Te Va A Hacer Llorar, Dame Un Besito, Bastó, Tu Adiós No Mata, Llévame En Tu Viaje, Hay Ojitos, Robarte Un Beso, No Puedo Volver, Prometí, and Te Amo (Para Siempre).
The group states that they are always looking out for that magical song with the right combination of lyrics and music that will intrigue and have an impact on the life of everyday people. In 2010 the band was named, "group of the decade," and their style has influenced many bands in the U.S. and other countries."Intocable - Awards – Billboard Singles". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 7 October 2013.