Though they didn’t find success straight out of the gate, Intocable (which translates to “untouchable”) ultimately became the Beatles of norteño music, bringing the regional Tex-Mex genre to new heights and achieving unprecedented success. The band was formed in Zapata, TX, in 1993, with singer/accordionist Ricardo Muñoz up front. Influenced by Ramón Ayala, the band blended the propulsion of norteño with the melodic poignancy of Tejano while stirring in some finely honed hooks to make the amalgam appealing to a wider audience. Although Intocable’s initial recordings remained a low-profile affair, the band quickly signed with EMI Latin for 1994’s Fuego Eterno, and things took off thanks to the smooth vocal harmonies and perky conjunto riffs of irresistible tunes like “Me Has Robado La Calma.” Intocable have had upsets—in 1997, they were forced to revamp their lineup when bajo sexto player and singer Johnny Lee Rosas and bass player Albert Ramirez broke off to start Grupo Masizzo; much more tragically, a 1999 auto accident caused the death of percussionist/MC José Ángel Farias and bassist Silvestre Rodríguez as well as manager José Ángel Gonzalez. But through it all, Intocable have always triumphed, retaining their signature style throughout a long, prolific career and filling stadiums and racking up Grammy awards along the way.