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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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Luvvvvvvvv Hector Lavoe, RIP papi
My idol an I'm only 33 years old but I feel I lived his trials and tribulations now .
lmjlsd
he was the best and===and he always be the best for ever.
El papi mio
Aguanile.... t h i s song gets me going. Always play this at familia gathering. Love you Hector!!!
He was.....Amaz i n g ! ! ! ! ! ! ! . . . h e would make a anybody feel the music and Dance!!!!!!!
I listen to hector levoe music at work
Gettin my dance on
Delia cruz
Ramon
Shut up b**ch and stop posting s**t like that. Your the one that should die today
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tommorow will be the best day of you life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come in the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.
The Godfather of salsa
Tremendo, RIP
Its been a while since I've heard salsa from the greatest! Love it he the best!! No doubt #Rip
100% boricua de corazon
Don't get better then this, RIP papi
Simpl the best. Que viva la salsa. Hector, the best. El cantante de Los cantantes. Sin duda!!!!


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
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.

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