Singer-songwriter and producer best known as the father of legendary Tejano singer Selena. He also managed his daughter's band Selena y Los Dinos, which featured his other famous chlidren.
During the late 1950s, he was a singer for the group Los Dinos. He performed with them for many years before he began working for Dow Chemical full time to support his family. He eventually opened the restaurant PapaGayos, where his children would begin their own performing careers.
He worked as a producer on his daughter's 2003 Greatest Hits album and on her 1997 eponymous biographical film.
He met his wife, Marcella Samora, after being drafted into the military. They had three children together: Selena, A.B., and Suzette.
In the 1997 biopic Selena, he was portrayed by Stand and Deliver actor Edward James Olmos.