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Bobby Valentin

Bassist and trumpeter Bobby Valentín contributed greatly to the Fania All-Stars during the '70s (he was their principle arranger) and recorded numerous solo albums during the period, moving from boogaloo and Latin soul into salsa as his career progressed. Born in Puerto Rico in 1941, Valentín was taught guitar by his father before he even entered school. By the age of 11, he'd won a contest with a band he led and began studying alto sax and then trumpet at the Jose Quinton Academy of Music in Coamo.

Just 15 when he moved to New York in 1956, Valentín settled in Washington Heights and continued to study trumpet both at school and with legendary brass teacher Carmine Caruso. He also learned on the streets, playing with different trumpet trios including jazz player Art Farmer and classical trumpeter Louie Mucci. Valentín also formed a band with Chu Hernandez and Joe Quijano named Los Satelites, then began playing professionally in 1958 as a part of Quijano's new orchestra.

During the next seven years, Valentín played both trumpet, guitar, and bass with a roster of Latin heroes -- Willie Rosario, Charlie Palmieri, Ray Barretto (his Orquestra Riverside), and Tito Rodriguez -- and also wrote arrangements for Rosario and Willie Bobo. In 1965, he debuted his own orchestra and recorded his first LP, for Fonseca. Valentín's group recorded another LP that year, El Mensajero, for a new label named Fania Records.

Earlier in the '60s, Valentín had contributed arrangements for label founder Johnny Pacheco, so it was only natural he record for Pacheco's new label as well. And even though Valentín moved back to Puerto Rico with his orchestra by 1968, he made frequent trips back to New York to record for Fania during the late '60s and early '70s. He also began working closely with the label's in-house all-star band, the Fania All-Stars, contributing arrangements and anchoring the sound with his bass (after 1970, he rarely played trumpet) on classic mid-'70s LPs, like Live at the Cheetah, Live at Yankee Stadium, and Tribute to Tito Rodriguez.

In 1978, Valentín began recording for his own label, Bronco Records, and triumphed with La Boda de Ella, one of the most important releases of his career. Though his connection with the Fania All-Stars continued into the '90s, Valentín organized a stable of great artists around Bronco, including Willie Rosario and Orq. Mulenze. Even aside from his globetrotting orchestra, he remained a busy arranger around both Puerto Rico and New York, working on material by Willie Colon, Ismael Miranda, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Cheo Feliciano, and Justo Betancourt, among others. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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Azúcon!! Yo no quedó Aqui
Goodbye al tren d South Ferry
Mamá Borinquen
Salsa is my life PR
Tremende cancion, lo mejor de B.V
Boricua de cora, q viva la salsa
cupofjoe0556
it bring a tear to my eye reading about this great man ...I love the music but the best is dancing to it.....
jesusmcp90
tremenda emisora los felicito pura salsa las mejores del mundo no tienencompet e n c i a
jesusmcp90
buenisima los felicioo a todos los de pondoras saque las salsas que se oyen otros paises gracias
Booby es el artista salsero que mas musica para bailadores tiene, su musica es adorada en mi ciudad, Cali - Colombia.
justing,,,,, , P u e r t o Rico!!!!!!!
Definitivame n t e uno de mis favoritos..E l Chacal Bobby Valentin!!!!
bobby el rey del bajo demasiadas buenas composicione s !!!
Yo no soy boricua, soy colombiana y quiero mucho a mi gente boricua del Bronx. Y este tema de el Rey del Bajó -Soy Boricua me encanta
El rey del bajo
wow........ dale duro papi que noy mas na !!!!!!!!!!!! !
tremendo tema con frankie hernandez un sabor y ritmo caliente . arreglo del maestro bobby valentin , recuerdo de mi juventud salsa de puerto rico hay nama....
una de las mejores orquesta de salsa y un tremendo arreglista pandora bobby empezo su sello bronco en el 1975 con bobby valentin da a la carcel ese fue su primer album.
212458658
this coment is really for pandora i notice that when plaing bobby valentin music they allways play bobby with marvin santiago or frankie hernandez and thats great it brings alot of memories.but bobby also had great hits with cano estremera.jo h n n y vasquez.rafu wagner.and luisito carrion.mayb e some will like to hear them to
complicated rhythms sounds beautiful
afrikanzion
Sabrosito siempre!!!
EL MEJOR ARREGLUITAS DE SALSA HAND DOWN
Aprende chiquito, es saber hacer salsa pal bailador. Esto es pal que sabe. sabroson
VALENTIN IS SALSA TOP BASS PLAYER ARRENGER AND MANNY GREAT SINGERS HAVE PASSED THROUGH HIS BAND.
Although in Salsa Music I prefer the upright bass, Bobby Valentin has got to be the best Bass Guitar player in the Latin Music industry. Only my opinion. QUE VIVA LA SALSA!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! !
puerto rico mi encanta
Every where I go, I feel proud to say that Bobby is my father's cousin. I remember as a young lady, every November, Bobby would come to New York to play at the Village Gate and we were at the VIP section. I remember another place called Bond's Internationa l , where we were actually on the side of the stage. That was a huge place. Even though we were young, my father, managed to sneak us in. Wow, I remember those days. It was great. I hope to see more of Bobby in the future and the funny thing
when i moved to pr as a young lady was when i really learned to appreciate the wonderful music of salsa and bobby valentine. nothing as great as our island and our great musians their owesome.
Bobby Valentin is an institution. Starting out as a trumpet/flug e l h o r n player and winding up as one of the most prolific bass player's ever. Several legendary singers started out with him and many sidemen went on to lead their own orchestra's.
los tempo de las tiedas GUY's en bayamon saludo pa akeyos k todavia disfrutan la musica nuestra.bori k u b a
farina1960
EL REY DEL BAJO. QUIEN SE PUEDE COMPARAR? NADIE. TENGO EN MI PODER CASI TODA LA COLECCION DE BOBBY VALENTIN Y COMO LA DISFRUTO PAPA.
nutela1
mr bobby valentin el mejor de mejores /eddie guagua rivera tiene que decir bendicion papa valentin att,sobe
eustaquiocol o n
Boricua de corazon. Con el salsero de los grandes. Bobby Valentin que salsa y ritmo. One of the greatest of our music how can you not said boricua sin mencionar al maestro Bobby. Que pasa boricua you have to hold bobby as one of our greatest in our musica de salsa.
tremendo salsero
De coamo con sabor...lo mejor"el moustro de el bajo.soy willy de coamo!
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Esto es fuego, Masacote Del Gordo.
was a all-star in the 70s and beyond.

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