Norma, Javier, Bobby and Family, We were very sorry to hear the news. Our prayers are with your family and your dad. It was an honor to have met him. Peace and love to all of you

Mike Galeone and family Jacksonville Florida


Javier/Norma/Zenteno family - we are so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. I had the pleasure of meeting him several times and he was such a nice man. To state the obvious, he was a legend in his own time. By seeing his children, you can tell what type of inspiration Roberto Zenteno was.

 God bless you all.

Nora and George


God bless you all. I am sorry about your dad. I will see you soon and we will celebrate his life!!!

Love, Jeff Morrison


Javier: Please accept my deepest sympathy on the passing of your father. I've been traveling and didn't find out til I got back. My prayers are with you and your family.

Carol Alvarado


Javier, my condolences to you and your family. Your father was a great entertainer I truly admired his as well as the entire Zenteno family talent.



Hey sweet Javier, I am so sorry to have missed your father's service. I was out of town for the week, but believe me that you, Norma, and your whole family are in my heart. Your family is a musical, emotional, and spiritual inspiration to generations of people who connect with the joy that each of you exhumes through music and love. Your dad was an icon and will be dearly missed. Love to you, Norma, and the rest of your family.






Javier, I am sorry to hear of your fathers passing. I have been in La Crosse, Wisconsin for the past week and a half with my older brother for a camping trip and small vacation (where it was about 15 degrees cooler than here all the time). So i haven't written back, as we didn't take any computers. I just got home last night. My mother (age 84!) went into breast cancer surgery the day after I left, she turned out fine, but my wife's father died in June, as you may recall when I came by to see you at sambuca one night. So life goes on. Losing a loved one kinda makes us aware of our own mortality, but is also a gift as it reminds us to live life more fully. That's why i always loved flying airplanes (i am a pilot, bet you didn't know that!)...keeping your own death as a daily reminder to enjoy life to the fullest. We'll all meet again someday anyway! Love to you, Norma, and the rest of your kinfolk,

Stephen Zirkel


Javier, It broke my heart to see the pain in your face and body yesterday. I lost my Daddy in 1990 and it was indescribable. You never "get over it" you just learn to live with it. You see, I was "Daddy's Little Girl" even then. He was everything to me and I thought he would always be there...no matter what! And, I know, that your Daddy was everything to you! For 15 years now I still say things that he said and remember the great sense of humor he had. He never knew just how funny he was. He just spoke his mind and everyone would laugh uncontrollably! My children loved him so much. Yes, I still miss my Daddy...and I always will.I try to draw strength from knowing what a great man he was. I will always be there for you if you need anything. I have a great deal of respect for your whole family. I told Norma to include me when it comes to making sure your Mom is not left alone. I won't be able to be there tomorrow night because my Son is here from Rio. He will be here until Monday. So, hopefully I will be able to come to see all of you next Thursday. "Keep your chin up and be strong"!



Dear Norma, Xavier,Bobby and family, I was so shocked when I heard the news of your terrible loss tonight. I am so very sorry to hear about your Dad. What a fantastic soul to have lost. I send you all my love and my prayers tonight and always.

Love, Cindy Hardy (Yvonne, too)


Dear Zentenos Sorry to hear about your dad. Take comfort in the fact that he had a great life. Full of music and family. take care and stay in touch

...leslie loven


I am so sad to hear of your loss. Please accept my thoughts and prayers for you and your family during this difficult time.


Yvonne Stamper


Hello, Javier: I was at the Houston Press Showcase last night and was saddenned to hear the news of your father's passing. He will be missed not only as one of the pioneers and legends of music in this city, but also as a warm and wonderful human being. The few times I came in contact with him, his positive attitude was contagious. He has certainly passed his legacy through his children both musically and personally. I think he would have been proud of Norma for showing up at the awards. And, I'm glad that Norma received the Award. One more tribute to his legacy. Please receiveour heartfelt sympathy.

Walter and Susana


Javier, So sorry to hear about your father. I enjoyed very much going to Sambucca and listening to his trumpet. Please say hello to Norma,

Chris Loudermilk


Hello Javier, I just wanted to send our condolences. Rudy & I just heard the news about your father, and wanted to let you, Norma & Bobby know that our hearts are with ya'll and the rest of your family & so are our prayers.

Love & Peace

Rudy & Judy



Oscar called us yesterday (Thur) with the news about your father. We are so sorry for both you and Gloria's losses, and then for them to be so close together. You know we have you in our prayers. Your father will be sorely missed by all who knew him. He was certainly an important figure to the music community and always a delight to see and hear. We will call you when we get a chance and things calm a bit.


Sid and Lupe


Hello Javier: How are your, it's Thelma Chavez (Rumfola) friend from the past. Heard this morning about your Dad, please confirm and send me information. How's Norma and the rest of the guys. I'm writing you from work. Look forward to your email.

My regards,



Please accept my condolences. I know how hard it is to loose a loved one, especially if it is one of your parents. I am familiar with Norma's music and I enjoy it completely! Next year it will be my 35th wedding anniversary. I would like to know how much you charge for that type of event. Hopefully my anniversary will be celebrated at a hotel near Bush Intercontinental Airport. The guests come from different backgrounds: Latino, Caucasian, African-American, Caribbean. Can Ms. Zenteno's music repertoire accommodate the different preferences of music?

Please let me know A.S.A.P.


Maria Gonzalez


Hello Javier-

Just wanted to write to say I was sorry to hear of your Father's passing. You and Gloria have had a pretty tough week. May God bless you both and help you both in your time of sorrow.

Lisa Loven-Hamilton


the way you can judge a man's success is buy the success and happiness of his children. I had the good fortune to meet mr Zenteno on numerous occassions under different circumstances. He was a fair and kind man and it was pleasure to meet him as well as know the rest of his family. I wish all the zenteno family the best and send out heartfelt prayers in your time of sorrow.

Louis Loven and Family







My condolences. A sad day. Tell Norma, et al., Teri says hi and sorry for your loss. I only met your father once, briefly, but he took a couple minutes to chat with me. A kind and generous man.




Dearest Javier,

I am so saddened, Great man, your Father! Are you going to play tomorrow downtown? Just send me one word, yes or no, I was going to bring a bunch of international people by.

Love and Light,




I am sorry to hear aboutthe loss of your father. I never had the chance to meet your dad, but I have heard others speak of him. The whole music community here respectsyou and your family very much. Hang in there bro. I am praying for you andyour family. If you need anything don't hesitate to call an old friend.

God bless,

Chad Strader


Dear Zenteno family,

I am so very sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Zenteno. I didn't know him extremely well, but when I worked at Mars Music on the 610 Loop I helped him with several large purchases and he was always a joy to work with - the kind of customer you LOVED to see come in the store! The last time I saw him was at Sambuca's one Thursday night a couple of months ago when we (The Grateful Geezers) were playing around the corner at the Mercury Room. We played there a couple of Thursdays a month back then and I tried to slip around the corner each time on one of our breaks and catch y'all. He was just the same that night as always - in a great mood & very jovial...I'll always cherish getting to see him that one last time! I plan on trying to pay my respects at the visitation or funeral. Please trust that my prayers are with you at this crucial time.

Your friend in music,

Terry Westbrook


Hey there my friend. I am so sorry to hear about your dad's passing. I was stunned to read about it in the newspaper. I consider him a good friend of mine. My mom and I had planned on going to see you guys at the last "Old Timers" event at the Shriners a few weeks ago but couldn't make it. I'm so sorry about that now. He was always so pleasant and really cool to be around and chat with. My prayers will be with you and your family as you go through this time of mourning. Please let them know that you are all being prayed for. Also know that the Lord above has your dad in a good place and that the same Lord can help you all feel peace.


Rick Bennevendo


Javier- Your father was a nice human being! We had a few laughs a couple of weeks ago at a house party in Katy.... he will be missed.



Javier, We are sorry to hear about your loss of your father, who was such a big part of your life. Carry on. We are thinking of you.

Ellin, Richard and Arlene Royds


ZPEOPLE:My condolences on the passing of your father,who I will remember first as a guy who made me laugh and thenas a musician who inspired me and again,made me laugh.As a person who dances salsa two or three times a week,I must also acknowledge a debtof gratitude to him for introducing the city to that most incredible of musical genres.I don't know if your reading this e-mail,RZ,but if you are,say hello to your tocao(spelling?)Roberto Compean, another guy that made me laugh.I bet the two of you are laughing your butts off right now!I hope to join that frivolity at a latter date.Norma,Javiar,David,Bobby,Earnie,Mrs.Zenteno,my life has been much enhanced by encountering you all on this fabulous trip. Let's see what happens next. Take a deep breath!

Houston Red


Dear Elsa, Norma, Javier, Bobby, David, Ernie:

We are so sorry for your loss. You all are like family and your dad will surely be missed! But not to despair....God's kingdom will have first class music now and forever. Someday we shall all play again alongside all of God's angels. May Roberto's memories sustain you during these difficult times. Peace be with you and all of your loved ones.

Javier, Elsa and Giselle Pagan


Thanks for sending the link and my sincere condolences to you and your family.

God Bless



Javier: Que Diosito lo tenga a su lado. Give our love to your mom and your entire family. I will check out the website for funeral info.


Joel and Sarah Guzman


Grief and sorrow do not pass in a day..It takes time for the hart to heal.But remember, that all along the way, there are those who care about how you feel and want to give help and comfort to you in all you`re going through. To every thing there is a reason, and a time to every purpose under the heaven...Our heartfelt Sympathy from our family to yours.....

the Ruiz family

Carlos, Rose, Mark and Veronica


Dear Elsa, Javier, Norma, David, Ernie and Beto,

David and I are so very sorry to hear about your father's death. As you know, my dad and yours go back to their teenage years. I always felt Robertwas a true friend and always there for my family. Through thick and thin he was there giving my dad encouragement during the ups and downs of life. Please know how much he is loved and how much I treasure my childhood memories -- filled with vacations, parties and get togethers when our families saw each other constantly. Our prayers and love always for you and your family.


Myrna Ordonez-Engler & David Engler



our prayers are with you and all the best to the family of a great man.



Javier .... I've wanted to offer my condolences also but my computer has been down for three days. This is NOT the medium I would think that is proper for something like this. I was in total shock when I read about it in the paper. I was fortunate to have met your Father and I've heard about him since the middle sixtie's. We have truly lost an Icon and a legend Thanks for the message.

George Johnson


I just wanted to say Thanks 4 sharing your dad with me down at Sambuca. He always had something good to say. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Si' Si'

 Damian Harris

MIx Master


Javier,Norma, Ilse, and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Your Father was always so kind to me and so gracious. When I had dinner with the two of them some years ago, it was such a joy to be around them. How can I say how much I will miss him and how much he will be missed by the world? Please let me know if I can do anything at all for the family. Again, I am so sorry!



Dear Zenteno Family, In times like these, there is nothing than can be said that will ease the pain. I truly feel your sorrow and loss. Last year I lost my Father, and what comforted me was this poem, and now I want to share it with you - for Roberto was a free spirit, - as he is right now.

Love and Light,

Leena Anneli Peltoniemi


Robert Reynosa, Eloise Castillo and I, Don Woodroof, were very saddened to hear of the passing of your father and we would like to extend our deepest condolences to your sweet mother and to Norma, to you and your brothers. You can tell how magnanimous a mans legacy is by the family that surrounds him. A loving wife and wonderful, extremely talented children. Ya'll are but a reflection of Roberto Sr., which makes for one very Awesome Family. Ours prayers are with you and your family.