Johnny Rodriguez Net Worth | Wife (Debbie McNeely)

What is Johnny Rodriguez’s net worth? Who is Johnny Rodriguez’s wife?


Johnny Rodriguez (birth name – Juan Raoul Davis Rodriguez) is a Latin American country music singer who had several #1 singles in the 70s.


He was born on December 10, 1951, in Sabinal, Texas, USA, in a small town about 90 miles from the Mexico Border.

Rodriguez was the second youngest of 10 children living in a four-room house.

Johnny received his first guitar when he was 7 years old. He said:

“I’ve always been interested in country music since I was about nine or ten years old.”

Rodriguez went on to say:

”I started singing and playing guitar, mainly the old Hank Williams songs. I just grew up with it.”

At age 15, he started singing for his supper for campers at Garner State Park.

At age 16, Rodriguez was captain of the Sabinal High School football team.

At age 21, Johnny moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a music career.

He started to perform the songs “If I Left It Up to You” and “I Can’t Stop Loving You.”

In the early 1970s, Rodriguez signed with Mercury Records.

In 1972, Johnny was voted the Most Promising Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music.

In 1973, Rodriguez had his only #1 US Country album with his debut effort, ”Introducing.”

In the same year, Johnny achieved his first No. 1 hit song, “You Always Come Back to Hurting Me.” In the follow-up year, Rodriguez released a single titled – “Ridin’ My Thumb to Mexico,” which reached No. 1 on the US charts.

In 1975, Johnny released several hits – “Love Put a Song in My Heart,” “Just Get Up and Close the Door,” and “I Just Can’t Get Her Out of My Mind.”

In 1979, Rodriguez moved from Mercury to Epic Records. There, Johnny worked with Billy Sherrill, an American record producer.

His first hit from Epic Records came in 1979 with the No. 6 country hit titled – “Down on the Rio Grande.”

In 1982, Rodriguez did a duet with Zella Lehr on the song named – “Most Beautiful Girl (La Chica Mas Linda).”

In the following year, Johnny went into the Top 5 with the hit song “Foolin’.”

In 1987, Rodriguez signed with Capitol Records.

In the same year, Johnny performed the duet “Out Last Night” with Donna Fargo, an American country singer who was one of the most successful female country artists of the 1970s.

Fargo has won one Country Music Association Award, five Academy of Country Music Awards, and one Grammy Award. Donna released the crossover pop singles – “Funny Face” and “Happiest Girl in the Whole USA.” 

In 1988, Rodriguez had his last major hit with “I Didn’t (Every Chance I Had).” The single reached No. 12 on the US charts.

Since then, Johnny has toured the US and the world, performing in countries including Mexico, Canada, South Korea, England, Poland, and Switzerland.

In 2007, Rodriguez was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.

Johnny Rodriguez Net Worth
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On October 23, 2010, in recognition of his accomplishment as the first major Hispanic singer in country music, he received the Institute of Hispanic Culture Pioneer Award.


His first wife was Linda Diann Patterson.

In 1995, Johnny married Lana Nelson. The couple ultimately divorced.

In 1998, Johnny Rodriguez married Debbie McNeely, a hair-salon owner.


Rodriguez and Debbie McNeely have a daughter named Aubrey.

Johnny proposed after he found out that his wife was pregnant. However, Debbie countered with a demand:

“I told him if he wouldn’t drink, I would agree to marry him. After several months, I saw he was serious, and we were married.”


what is the net worth of Johnny Rodriguez

“My favorite song of the ones I’ve written is Ridin’ My Thumb To Mexico. I always wanted to write a number one song, and that was it.”

“Every time I play somewhere, at least two or three people say, ‘Hey, what about the goats?’”

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On August 29, 1998, he was charged with murder and arrested in the shooting death at his home in Sabinal, of an acquaintance he mistook for a burglar.

Johnny had summoned the authorities, and he told police that he had surprised an intruder in the darkened home when he came home unexpectedly around 4 a.m.

According to his lawyer, Alan Brown:

“A late-night intruder in his house, one shot.”

Brown went on to say:

”It’s a very regrettable accident, but the Texas Penal Code says very clearly that you can use deadly force in this situation.”

In a different interview, his lawyer said:

“(Borrego) had been coming uninvited. He had been told not to be in the house.”

The mayor of Sabinal, George Lee Moore, said:

“This is a quiet little town. Something like this doesn’t happen every night.”

George Lee Moore continued:

”There was a lot of shock, but mainly there was confusion.”

Johnny was taken into custody, but he was released several days later when his $250,000 bond was lowered to $50,000.

In 1999, the jurors found Johnny innocent in the death of Israel ”Bosco″ Borrego.

In closing arguments (before jurors said the verdict), District Attorney Anton Hackebeil said:

‘The evidence strongly suggests that Johnny did not shoot Bosco Borrego in self-defense.”

Rodriguez said:

”I’m just sorry that the whole incident took place.”

Johnny later added:

”I don’t want to go through anything like this again.”

On June 25, 2007, he was stopped by Blanchard, Okla. police due to speeding. According to the police report, the officers found drug paraphernalia, methamphetamine, marijuana, and an open container of beer in his pickup truck.

When Johnny was 17 years old, his older brother, Andres, died in an automobile accident. Also, one year before, his father died of cancer.

He has been honored by three U.S. presidents:

  • George W. Bush;
  • George H.W. Bush;
  • Jimmy Carter.

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Johnny Rodriguez – Net Worth

Rodriguez earned most of his wealth from his music.

For example, 15 of his singles rose to the top 10, and six of them were #1 hits.

Some of his hits are:

  • “I Didn’t (Every Chance I Had)” (1988);
  • “How Could I Love Her So Much” (1983); 
  • “Foolin'”;
  • “North of the Border” (1980);
  • “Down on the Rio Grande” (1979); 
  • “Desperado” (1977, a remake of the Eagles’ standard); 
  • “Something” (1974, a remake of the Beatles’ tune); 
  • “Love Put a Song in My Heart” (1975);
  • “Just Get Up and Close the Door” (1975);
  • “I Just Can’t Get Her Out of My Mind” (1975);
  • “That’s the Way Love Goes” (1974); (1975);
  • “Ridin’ My Thumb to Mexico” (1973); 
  • “You Always Come Back to Hurting Me” (1973).

On Spotify, Rodriguez has 98K monthly listeners.

Therefore, Johnny Rodriguez has an estimated net worth of $5 million.

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26 thoughts on “Johnny Rodriguez Net Worth | Wife (Debbie McNeely)”

  1. I would like to say that my friend and I had a bband 8 0l in okinawa in the early 70s we did of fJohnny’s songss and we both appreciate all that he has done

  2. One of my all time favorites. I was the singer in a country band for about 25 years and I used to do some of Johnny’s songs.

  3. I discovered a CD with Johnny and Johnny Bush, it’s outstanding, I love his Vamonos song!! Did he ever record a CD in Spanish, aside from his Vamonos recording, I would like to join his fan club.

  4. He should be inducted into the CMA Hall of fame for his contribution as the first Mexican American country music singer. I think its a shame that in this current culture that he is being overlooked and under appreciated.

    • I totally agree. He still sings all those hits and more, just as beautiful as he did when he started. That in itself is amazing. He so deserve’s to be in the CMA HALL OF FAME!! He has contributed so much as an artist/entertainer to country music.

    • I totally agree, I have been a long time fan of Johnny and before a hurricane destroyed my home and everything in it I had every album he made. My son was born in 68 and he could sing every song Johnny had recorded from the time he was 10 years old. We, my wife & I Love Johnny Rodriguez .

      • I live in Australia and followed country music all my life but Johnny is special I love his songs I listen to them all the time

  5. I also think Johnny should be in the CMA Hall of Fame. Not only because he was the first Latino country star but also his smooth beautiful singing voice. He was the first country sex symbol too I believe. I’ve written a letter to the CMA nominating committee for the Hall of Fame. Others who love Johnny and his music should do the same.

  6. Born and raised in NY, now in my 70’s, always loved Johnny’s voice and music. Play his cd favorite hits so much, lucky it’s still works. Saw him once in Fort Worth and was just thrilled. He definitely belongs in CMA.

  7. I love Johnny Rodriguez’s voice I play his music everyday. I loved his version of Mickey Newbury’s song Poisin Red Berries. It had been recorded by many artists and I listened to all that I found. His was by far the best!
    I discover a new song (to me) all the time that I really love. The latest, What Do I Do With Me Now. I so sorry it took me until 2020 to really to really discover this artist. He most certainly belongs in the Country Music Hall of Fame.

  8. Have always been a fan of johnnies.then became a friend.He is an amazing person with a great heRt.Down to earth and a happy man.He deserves all the recognition and love for his contribution he has given so much of himself to his and a kiss to johnnie.angil

  9. Johnny Rodriquez has always been the best! Love his music.
    I’m from central Minnesota, does he ever get close? Would love to see his show.

  10. Love his voice,and wish he would come to Arizona for a concert.I had the biggest “crush”on Johnny in the 70’s,and think he’s one of the best in country music.🤗

  11. I first heard Johnny Rodriguez in 1973…………it was my first year in law school, and “acid rock” was all the rage…….I accidentally tuned in a Country station, in Los Angeles, and heard his song, “Poisoned Red Berries”………and I was hooked………..I went to 10 or 12 of his concerts, during the 70’s and 80’s………..for the last concert, that I attended, I drove from Los Angeles to a border town in Texas………I own 13 vinyl albums………12 of them are Johnny Rodriguez………..Thanks JR……….you are a true star !

    • …………..just an additional note………..after “Poisoned Red Berries”, my favorite JR song is, “Vestida de Blanco”…………..Thanks again JR………..

  12. I just finished listening to Johnny Rodriquez sing “Somewhere Between Me and You” and I just love it!
    Played it over and over again. There is nothing like pure country music and he is one of the best!
    I am so sorry that I never got a chance to see him in concert.

  13. I just love Johnny Rodriguez singing “I’ve Never Loved Anyone More”, along with all the other beautiful songs he’s recorded. He’s gorgeous in the picture too!
    If he ever did a show in Baltimore MD or surrounding areas, I missed it to my great regret. Sure do hope he comes this way again.

  14. Love all his music. Should be in Country Music Hall of Fame! My favorite is Corpus Christi Bay as it tells a story.
    My favorite country artist!

  15. Always one of my favorites. I interviewed him back when Happy Shahan was his manager after one of his concerts in Houston.He is a beautiful man and very talented. Love his voice.

  16. JR has always and will always be #1 in heard. I was a young Air Force Force Sergeant when he and Charlie Pride started. Every time I drive through Sandinal Texas I think of the great things he has done for the Hispanics people and how PROUD we continues to make us feel. MSgt. Antonio Guzman

  17. I have been listening to Johnny Rodriguez since he first started. I have seen him in concert many times. When my children were young I took them to a local shopping mall for pictures and autographs.
    A few years ago my son and I went to see him again and I took the picture with me and had him autograph it. He could not believe it. He was really surprised. I too think he should be in the Hall of Fame. He will forever be my favorite country singer. Being Hispanic makes me much more prouder of him than ever. Long live Johnny Rodriguez.

  18. I met Johnny one night at the Centilli horse farm in Devine, TX. He has what I think to be one of the greatest country voices. Long live the LEGEND. Time for CMA Hall of Fame.


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