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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: A Man And His Music

Disc 1

1. Aguanile

2. La Banda

3. Ah-Ah/O-No

4. Te Conozco

5. Abuelita

6. Que Bien Te Ves

7. Barrunto

8. Pirana

9. La Murga

10. Juana Pena

11. Che Che Cole

12. Triste Y Vacia

13. Timbalero

14. Mi Gente

15. Todo Tiene Su Final

Disc 2
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Track List: Tu Bien Lo Sabes

1. Tu Bien Lo Sabes

2. Sombras Nada Mas

3. Sonando Despierto

4. De Ti Depende

5. Emborrachame De Amor

6. Consejo De Oro

7. Juventud

8. Llore

9. Comedia

10. Seguire Sin Ti

11. Ausencia

12. Un Amor De La Calle

13. Tus Ojos

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Track List: Que Sentimiento!

1. Amor Soñado

2. Lo Dejé Llorando

3. Juventud

4. Yo 'Ta Cansa

5. Soy Vagabundo

6. El Son

7. Seguiré Mi Viaje

8. No Hay Quien Te Aguante

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Track List: El Sabio

1. El Sabio

2. Plazos Traicioneros

3. Noche De Farra

4. Para Ochun

5. Alejate

6. Llore

7. Ceora

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Track List: De Ti Depende (It's Up To You)

1. Vamos A Reir Un Poco

2. De Ti Depende

3. Periodico De Ayer

4. Consejo De Oro

5. Tanto Como Ayer

6. Hacha Y Machete

7. Felices Horas

8. Mentira

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Track List: La Voz

1. El Todopoderoso

2. Emborrachame De Amor

3. Paraiso De Dulzura

4. Un Amor De La Calle

5. Rompe Saraguey

6. Mucho Amor

7. Tus Ojos

8. Mi Gente

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Track List: Revento

1. De Que Tamaño Es Tu Amor

2. La Vida Es Bonita

3. Don Fulano De Tal

4. La Fama

5. Déjala Que Siga

6. Cancer

7. Porque No Puedo Ser Felíz

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Loved all his music one of the best. Saw him many times in New York great memory great times.
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One of the many greats to do it. Special talent, voice was harmonic!
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HECTOR LAVOE el cantante,
el hombre sufrido, envidia de muchos. el único. RIP.
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His vocals and arrangements are 2d to none. To be enjoyed by many for decades to come. Compatriota, me from Mayaguez(Sab a l o s ) , he will be my idol for the rest of my years. RIP, 'Mano.������
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Como siempre !!! Dios a los
buenos los quiere temprano
en el cielo.
Ya tiene una FANIA para él
solito allá arriba. AMEN!!!
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The best
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riverarmas
Talent.....p e r i o d .
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Was a great friend I am glad I met him and party with him and Tito Puente. what a days . RIP
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bennyomar
One of the greatest
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Natural God given talent- pure gold - RIP
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You can't help but love the Latin sound no matter where you are in the world. Thank you to all my Latin Brothas and sistas around the globe.

I do not speak a lick of Spanish but I can dance with the best of them... well may be the armature best... I was in a club Downtown LA and it was Latin night ... live band and the whole nine. I was up front just groovin with the band and the guy in the mic have me some login love I could not under stand.

The next thing I know I had nothing but Lat
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aicajo91
Cantante natural la voz fluye dulce y armonioso q arte
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samalot40
Great!!!
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To this day when I hear his music man do I get the chills and also a smile Thank You Hector Lavoe...��
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El mejor de los mejores
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Simply the MAN.
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El Era y Sera El Cantante De Los Cantante. Su musica vivira para siempre en mi corazon.
Descansa en Paz
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100% SALSERO DE CORAZÓN MEXICO D,F, INGLESITO
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Epa...BORICU A asta la muerte
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El poderoso de los cantantes Rip! Hector lavoe⭐lenny8 3 1
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PALANTE
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Nadie dana a nadie,pero si hay malas influencias,
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Hector dejala que siga,despues la cojes bajando para que siempre perdure !!⭐
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El dia de mi suelte es el mejor
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I was borne in Ponce Puerto Rico like Hector God bless him he's the great bye.
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Dios les vendiga todos wili colon es mala infruensia danino visioso danino alos demas cantante
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Then along comes another great Boricua singer Marc Anthony����
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nikkidom187
His blessed music will stay with us for years. Truly amazing and continues to make us Boricuas proud.
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I say the unique
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One off the best ever,may her rip;)
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I am so glad I found this gem,
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Come and dance with me. This is sweet.
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He's the real thing. Gracias
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I love his music he A king and a legend he my idol and I don't care no one can't be like him he is the best of the best I don't care what no one says he is a proud Puerto Rican may he R.I.P
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mfrjr2
pride & joy of the puerto ricans
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Simplemente el mejor .... Mi más grande IDOLO gracias por tu música Hector
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ladybonilla5 0
El cantante de los cantante el REY mi cantante favorito mi #1
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I agree with u alcruzen. .
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Hector Labor ponceno del barrio de Belgica my Elemetery days Escuela Lincoln
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I'm crying ! Man , this is memorial music , this is Puerto Rican music , please don t let it die , ever .
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A true legend!
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The best singer of the Latin music .
Provi
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Mentira....o n l y Hector can make a song about lying sound so good
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Siempre será el rey de los 70's.
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He is and Always will be number 1 in my book hector lavoe the best !!!
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Mi cantante favorito ....de toda la vida.nunca muere .
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La Perla del sur producio los mejores salseros boricuas
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Si te tiro por laventana... t e subes por la escalera.
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Pienso que esta es la mejor canción de Hector. La composición musical es majestuosa.
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El mejor
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