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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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Only one Hector!!! Love your voice - que lastima querido - thou we still all love you here in this realm ;)
Simply the best what can I say. Sad to think he is gone. RIP
el cabaño de ponce Hector lavoe el mejor improvisor salsero
neotdr
Lalalaaaaa
Hector Lavoe u will always be the man, RIP
Unos De Sus Mejores HITS
UNO DE MIS FAVORITOS
ABUELITA POR MI MADRE QUE
TU ERES LA MUJER MAS BONITA
SE LI DEDICO A DOÑA AMELIA
GRACIAS A DIOS TODAVÍA ESTA
VIVITA Y COLEANDO (-o*)
Aquí esta o esm
Nadie como el cantante de los cantante y Frankie Ruiz y Marc Anthony y Victor Manuel y Melvin Santiago esto son los mejores de la salsa en el mundo combleto para Que respeten a la isla delen canto orguyoso. De ser boricua
tita51pr
Que muchos recuerdos
Can't help but love Hector Lavoe! Mi da lastima & I get piss off & that demon of drugs that took his life. Mi gente: be vigilante with your children... & even then!
I have no Words, just he's was so Great.....th a t ' s it, Hector The Great!
All time favorite salsa singer!!!
mientras se le recuerde, nunca verdaderamen t e estara muerto
Simply. The great one
He should. Have never passed away
El Cantante de Los Cantantes
Simply beautiful effortless music,
BEAUTIFUL! WE MISS YOU HECTOR... RIP
ONLY ONE HECTOR! Damn! Que voz!

Epa,,,, suena,,, enfocate,, tremendo,,, suenalo,,, lprobocativo , , , me tiene en contacto,,, tumbalo hector estas en sonido.,,,, wepa,,,
Conyo meng tremendo artista
Todavia vive en mi corazon.
El mejor de todos los tiempos!
salsero de verdad
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
PR
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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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 !
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