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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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BUT MORE THAN THIS I WISH U LOVE...FIRME ROLA LOVE IT ❤
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I drift into a place of happiness and cruise down memory lane..
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How come joe Bataan greatest hits album is not listed my favorite song my opera
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Music that gets my adrenaline going
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☆☆☆☆
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Reminds me of my dancing days, wepaaa
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Baja
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You are the king of Latin Soul,Joe Bataan
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Everybody needs a cloud in the sky
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Epa
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Always gets me
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Love it!!!
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For ur luv Joe Bataan
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Old school music shaaa!!!
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Old school music shaaa
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Luvvvvvvvv u Joe Bataan
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ES TU COSA
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The best songs I've listin to when I was in the marines in the field thanks for the memories
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Daddy's coming home to me
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Where was this sexy vato when i was growing up.WOW
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How do I get the lyric
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Para Puerto Rico voy con Joe Bataan
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Lets find that cloud,Joe Bataan.i could listento the king of Latin Soul forever...la l a l a l a l a l a l a
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Memories r made of this, makes me want to visit mi isla
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♡ it!! Great MEMORIES ♡
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Joe Bataan ,you got some firme Rolas this poor Boy likes your jams over here S.G.V El Monte
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Tu eres el hombre Joe Bataan, wepaaa
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Super girl and super boy for your amor❤️ for eternity!
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Cloud! But you are definitely my sunshine ❤️��
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For ur kiss I would do anything
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I b ur queen
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Young, gifted and brown we will change the world!
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Wepaaaaaaaa
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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
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I love this song:)
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A classic
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Memories r made of this :)
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I Wish You Love, is a classic. Only Joe can sing so great.
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I wish you luv...Joe is the best! No one could sing this song better than he can.
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Gd grind em up
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Memories r made of this ;)
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Joe Bataan....Th e king of Latin soul!!!
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Now this what's up. Old school music. I ♥ it
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I b ur queen
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Luv this side, u r the man Joe Bataan ♡
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Wepa
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i wish you lots of love..so much love..Joe Bataan
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"Luv it"
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i love this song..brings back great childhood momorries!!! ! !
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Young gifted an brown lovin this song how gifted joe was
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