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Hector Lavoe

Héctor Lavoe was born to sing. As Latin music evolved from the boogaloo of the late '60s to the salsa boom of the '70s, Lavoe was at its forefront and "El Cantante" (the singer) of some of its most representative songs. Born Héctor Juan Perez in Ponce, Puerto Rico, on September 30, 1946, he was influenced by the Latin singers he heard on the radio, Daniel Santos and Chuito el de Bayamon, just to name a couple. As he grew more involved in music, he drew his inspiration from Puerto Rico's great sonero Ismael Rivera, as well as Cheo Feliciano. These influences are obvious in Lavoe's singing style: he attacks the son and montuno like the masters Rivera and Beny Moré, but Lavoe's natural talent for improvosation made him unique and very popular with salsa fans.

At the age of 17, Lavoe decided to quit music school in Ponce and set his sights on a singing career in New York City. By 1966, he found himself fronting Willie Colón's orquestra. Lavoe and Colón formed a partnership that would go on to span 14 albums, nearly all of which are gems in the world of Latin music. In 1973, Colón left Lavoe in charge of his orquestra, pushing Lavoe into his solo career. Without Colón, Lavoe's solo efforts only reconfirmed his singing ability and his inevitable rise to stardom. The pressures of being a huge salsa star were apparently too great for Lavoe. He had a difficult time handling his success and suffered a number of personal setbacks along the way. But Lavoe's fans never forgot about him and he always came back singing. In 1987, his final album, Strikes Back, was nominated for a Grammy.

With all the excess, fame, fortune, and tragedy from such humble beginnings, Lavoe's life has gone on to symbolize the salsa era of the '70s. With Colón, Lavoe helped shape the salsa sound of the '70s. As a solo artist, he defined the salsa sound of the '70s. And as one of the lead singers of the Fania All-Stars, Lavoe was the star among stars, "El Cantante de los Cantantes." ~ Roberto Ledesma, Rovi
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El mejor
Inolvidable ector lavoe me encanta es único el mejor 100 /: por ciento borinqueño
Best artist of all time. I have been
Listening since I was 5 years in 1975. I never go at least a week without listing to the master. Rip. hector.
Esa d las mejores #1
Nestor Perez Ortiz. My Mom said he was my Cousin. I'm from Coamo which is a couple of miles from Ponce where Hector was Born. Hey Cus, May you Rest In Peace. God Bless You:-(
Ah... Memories... Yo voy una patata... Can someone PLEASE translate that? #IHaveNoIdea W h a t I J u s t S a i d
danrodz
CHE CHE COLE QUE BUENO ES " ARRIBA HECTOR !!!!!! WEEPA I LOVE YOU BORICUA
His vOice sympathized with the story told through the music he sang! Hector 4 ever.
Boricua esta la muerte ♡
Hector levoe music will be played 100 years from now because he was one of the greatest.
The greatest legend and he will live in our hearts for ever
PR FOR LIFE
Luvvvvvvvvv Hector Lavoe music, RIP papi ♡
Aaayyy Hector your music radiates threw me
Probably the best song ever & sung by one of the best. Gracia A Dios!
The best of the best rip
El Cantante de cantantes!
Shagging Bronx ny was the place to be use to dance in grand concord plaza loved them all
Loveee it☺
You the best hector
All these songs remind me of dancing with my Papi....may they both rest in peace. ..
No existe comparacion en el mundo del material musical, que los hijos de esa pequeña Isla han diseminado por el mundo entero.Solam e n t e un musicologo podria proveernos una lista interminable , de aquella extraordinar i a lista de cantantes y compositores que nos regalaron tan buena musica, que nunca ha de desparecer, y mucho menos mientras exista esta extraordinar i a PANDORA. Gracias por tan hermoso obsequio musical, y gracias Puerto Rico,
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Look under your pillow
La mejor salsa Del mundo gue. Dios lo tenga. En LA Gloria
Damee agua estoy seco y quiero beber VIVA PONCE PR. HECTOR JUAN PEREZ MARTINEZ BEST OF THE BEST !
nunca olvidado y sigue cantando a diario viva ponce
El Todopodersos . . . t h a t song says it all...gracia s Hector!!!
muneca1166
Hector Lavoe, Thank you for blessing us with your beautiful music!!!! May you rest in peace!
When ever I hear Hector sing Abuelita...m a k e s me think my querida abuelita...= )
That's lo Que pass a. Me gently.
The best from the boogaloo nuff said
Love pandora at night sweet music to my ears
Él era un gran cantante que sin duda se puede perder.
Grew up listening to this man, so sad he's gone. Best singer of all time
Eso es musica
HECTOR LAVOE!!!!!
All u need........ . . . . n u f f said.
RIP, Hermano..... : - ) :'(:'(:'(:-)
Puerto Rican power <3 proud to be Puerto Rican :)
Hector Lavor was and still is and always will be my #1 that was salsa back in the day's I will always remember Hector Lavoe que viva P.R para siempre:-)
The voice, the man , the master. Miss you.
My salsa and my island. Love it
Es tan cierto la letra de esta canción y da tristeza saber que está realidad sucede mucho más frecuente de lo que se cree
There will never be in this lifetime another hector.you have generic singers in this lifetime.
Rest in peace,Franki e
Que canta xo
PUERTO RICO BABY!!!!
el cantante de cantantes ahora y siempre para gloria de mi patria arriba mi p.r.
No hay nadie que se ponga los zapatos de hector
El Cantante de Los Cantantes.
Super bueno
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