OBITUARY

Robert G. Gallarza

March 10, 1947April 15, 2021

Bob Gallarza, beloved husband, and father, passed away peacefully on April 15, 2021, at the age of 74. He was a resident of The Woodlands, TX. Bob was born on March 10, 1947 in Glendale, CA. He grew up in Pacoima, CA where he graduated from San Fernando Senior High. At the young age of 15, Bob knew he was destined to become a music man. In the late 60’s, Bob freelanced as a guitarist, playing in popular clubs throughout Hollywood. Success quickly followed him when the multi-Grammy Award winning group, The Fifth Dimension, took notice of his exceptional talent and invited him to join the band. For the next 15 years, he toured all over the World performing for the most prestigious audiences including The Iron Curtain, The Queen of England (twice) and The White House (three times).

As a lead guitarist, Bob, had the honor of working with some of the most distinguished artists in history including Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Sammy Davis Jr., Sister Sledge, James Brown, Ike and Tina Turner, Neil Sedaka, Willie Nelson, and many others. As an accomplished record producer and outstanding guitarist, Bob moved to Houston, TX in 1984 to join forces with Little Joe y La Familia. Together they secured five gold albums, three Grammy nominations, a 1991 Grammy Award and three Tejano Music Awards. When Bob moved to Texas he brought his ingenuity with him which allowed his vast experience in mainstream music and “West Coast Sound” to create a polished professional sound to “Tex Mex music. Later to be known as the Quincy Jones of Tejano Music, his influence marked Bob as the pioneer of what “Tejano” music is today. Bob is survived by his wife of 24 years, Connie Gallarza. He is also survived by his brother, Bill Gallarza; son, David Robert Gallarza; daughter, Sonia De La Cruz; stepson, Mike Kornblum; stepdaughters, Kerstin with husband Chris Williamson and April with husband Brandon Pollreisz. Bob was also survived by his grandchildren, Jr. Rincon, Monique Rincon, Robert Gallarza III, Gabriel Tartaglia, Abigail Tartaglia and Adelyn Williamson.

He was proceeded in death by his beloved father, Robert Gallarza and his beloved mother, Josephine Gonzales. Bob was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He adored his fans and always appreciated the support they provided him for over 50 years as an accomplished guitarist, producer, and arranger.

Bob’s Celebration of Life will be open to the public and will be held on Thursday, April 29th at WoodsEdge Community Church (25333 Gosling Rd. Spring, TX 77389). Visitation will be from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm and the ceremony will start at 6:00 pm. The service and live music during the visitation will be live streamed starting at 4:30 pm via the following link: https://seatwoodsedge.online.church/

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to help under-served youth explore multicultural music through MECA (Multicultural Education and Counseling Through Arts). https://www.meca-houston.org/donatevolunteer.html

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 29, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, April 29, 2021

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    Thursday, April 29, 2021

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David Gallarza

May 3, 2021

I like to thank everyone for honoring my dad also want to thank his fans sorry I could not make it to service in Texas I just could not bare to see my dad like that I want to remember my dad on stage doing what he loved playing his music he would ask me Dave how did I sound can u here me playing and I tell yes dad you kick ass again you should have seen the looks on people face when u did some solo I would he people say dam that man plays a mea guitar thanks again every one Dad I love you and miss you can’t belive your gone but you will always be in my heart I love you dad Rest In Peace until we meet again dad love always your only son David Robert Gallarza here my num if any one needs to get in touch we me 747 296 1092

Isidro and Martha Garza

April 29, 2021

Our love and prayers to the Gallarza family. Bob was a unique and exceptional talent to the music industry and we were honored to have experienced his incredible vision in producing music arrangements- he will live in his music forever- Rest In Peace friend!

Carol Covarrubias

April 28, 2021

Our sincere condolences to the Gallarza family all the way from Pacoima, CA. Bob was a personal friend of ours. I had the honor of running the music circuit with Bob when we were teenagers. He was considered one the most talented guitarists in the San Fernando Valley. He was destined to reach for the stars in the musical world. That was his dream and that was his accomplishment. I remember the day when he told me he was moving to TX to produce for Lil Joe and the Familia. Little did we know that he would be known as the Quincy Jones of Tejano Music. It was an honor to know him and he will always be remembered through all the music he produced, arranged and performed. May you rest in peace my dear friend.

Rudy Rodriguez

April 26, 2021

My deepest Condolences to the family o Bob on his passing. I’m gonna miss talking to him on the life videos he made. Rest In Peace.

Mary Ybarra-Sorola

April 25, 2021

I was happy to read about Robert G. Gallarza's many accomplishments. What a talent!
Sincere condolences to all his loved ones.

Charlie Rodriguez

April 23, 2021

Bob was a good friend. I performed and recorded with Bob for years. I’m so happy I got to speak to Bob the day before his passing. Bob and I spoke frequently and he was in the process of producing some music for my band The Latin Breed. I’ll miss my friend . RIP BOBBY G

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