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Joe Bataan

No recording artist has more impeccable street credentials than Joe Bataan, the originator of the New York Latin soul style that paralleled Latin boogaloo and anticipated disco. His musical experience began with street corner doo wop in the 1950s, and came to include one of the first rap records to hit the charts, 1979's "Rap-O, Clap-O." In between these milestones, he recorded classic albums like Saint Latin's Day Massacre, a perennial favorite in the salsa market, Salsoul, which gave the record label its name and helped spark the national explosion of urban dance music, and Afrofilipino, which included one of the very earliest New York disco hits, an instrumental version of Gil Scott-Heron's "The Bottle."

Born Peter Nitollano, of African-American/Filipino parents, Joe Bataan grew up in Spanish Harlem, where he ran with Puerto Rican gangs and absorbed R&B, Afro-Cuban, and Afro-Rican musical influences. His music career followed a pair of stints in Coxsackie State Prison. Self-taught on the piano, he organized his first band in 1965 and scored his first recording success in 1967 with "Gypsy Woman" on Fania Records. The tune was a hit with the New York Latin market despite its English lyrics sung by Bataan, and exemplified the nascent Latin soul sound. In early anticipation of the disco formula, "Gypsy Woman" created dance energy by alternating what was fundamentally a pop-soul tune with a break featuring double-timed handclaps. Bataan would take this tendency even further on his influential Salsoul, which fused funk and Latin influences in slick yet soulful orchestrations. Salsoul remains influential as a rare groove cult item, and pointed to the future at the time of its release. The LP embodied the artist's highly deliberate and culturally aware musical concept. Bataan theorized the '70s next big thing as a hybrid: an Afro Cuban rhythm section playing Brazilian influenced patterns over orchestral funk. In many ways, his vision was on the money, though most of the money would go to others and mainstream stardom would elude him. He did, however, get in on the ground floor of the new trend as an early hitmaker. His biggest commercial move was a Salsoul production released under the Epic umbrella, and promoted to the new disco market as Afrofilipino, which included 1975's "The Bottle," a much-anthologized classic that drives an R&B horn arrangement with a relentless piano montuno.

Always in touch with the street, Joe Bataan picked up on rap very early in the game. His minor rap hit, "Rap-O, Clap-O" was a bit more successful in Europe than in the States, and is remembered as rap's debut in the European market. Nevertheless, his legacy remains his gritty and realistic Latin soul lyrics, his self-identification as an "Ordinary Guy", and his highly personal and prophetic merger of Latin and soul influences. ~ Richard Pierson, Rovi
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Track List: Joe Bataan And His Mestizo Band

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Memories r made of this, makes me want to visit mi isla
♡ it!! Great MEMORIES ♡
Joe Bataan ,you got some firme Rolas this poor Boy likes your jams over here S.G.V El Monte
Tu eres el hombre Joe Bataan, wepaaa
nancyweissbe i n
Super girl and super boy for your amor❤️ for eternity!
nancyweissbe i n
Cloud! But you are definitely my sunshine ❤️��
For ur kiss I would do anything
I b ur queen
nancyweissbe i n
Young, gifted and brown we will change the world!
Wepaaaaaaaa
I would like to say I love go but can I use to see him in does that shows back in the 1979-80 :-P
I love this song:)
A classic
Memories r made of this :)
mperez0111
I Wish You Love, is a classic. Only Joe can sing so great.
hbarragan8
I wish you luv...Joe is the best! No one could sing this song better than he can.
Gd grind em up
Memories r made of this ;)
Joe Bataan....Th e king of Latin soul!!!
Now this what's up. Old school music. I ♥ it
I b ur queen
Luv this side, u r the man Joe Bataan ♡
Wepa
i wish you lots of love..so much love..Joe Bataan
"Luv it"
i love this song..brings back great childhood momorries!!! ! !
Young gifted an brown lovin this song how gifted joe was
Para una mujer especial
Only Joe Bataan can sing this side, awesome
jOE HAS A VOICE SENT FROM HEAVEN
Joe's got game he does all the talking,a song to sing in sombody'sear
My man Joe Bataan, u r sooo awesome!!
That's right you go JOE BATAAN jam those hits. ...
That's right u can hear JOE BATAAN on Friday nItes with ANGEL BABY on RADIO AZTLAN on 88.3 or on line at: KUCR.com the best to the far left... JAMMIN FOR THE RAZA!!!!! Chowwwww.... .
I love his music and I'm lucky to have had the opportunity to see him on Saturday in San Bernardino, Calif.03/22/ 2 0 1 4
Love that poor bot
Luv my Poor Boy side, u rock Joe Bataan :-*
jasminefrank d u r a n
Joe u one bad mother .the Duran's love all ur jams bro from south central
nancyweissbe i n
Me voy para aya, Puerto Rico me llama!❤️��
For ur kiss I go anywhere!!!!
nancyweissbe i n
This song gives me the chills and goose bumps, "Prayer"❤️
yaucocafe43
i grew up listenins to his music in the 60/70 and worked w/ him in the 90s for the nyc dept of juliven justice in the bronx rt rs cook carlo
Amen
Joe Bataan is #1 in my books! I always tell my kids I grew up hearing Joe(from Torrance CA.)...I have all his songs. When I die I want you kids to play Joe Bataan for me. They laugh and think I'm joking but, I'm dead serious. I still have yet, too see him in concert. That's still on my bucket list!! but for now...I still have a cold one and listen to his musica, and teach these kids about REAL MUSIC!! ;)Thanks Joe for all the years!
I b ur queen n more :-*
hayesphysica l 1
LOVE YOUR MUSIC
LOVE TH E BEAT
Love it
Heard this 1st on Radio aztlan 88.3
Baby the best to the far left
I love he's music
Angel

I loved the Cheetah days, in the late 60s.
I WILL never forget the filming of our latin
thing


Awesome, J Bataan is the best.
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