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The Lebron Brothers

The Lebrón Brothers are one of New York, USA salsa’s most original and distinctive sounding bands. They were formed in the mid-60s and co-led by José Lebrón (piano, arranger, composer, lead and chorus singer) and Angel Lebrón (bass, arranger, composer, lead and chorus singer/cuatro - which is a small 10-string guitar). The brothers were born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, and grew up in Brooklyn, New York City, USA. The band made their recording debut in 1967 when the R&B/Latin-fusion style called boogaloo was at the height of its popularity, and the bands of Ricardo Ray, Joe Cuba, Pete Rodríguez, Johnny Colón and others, were having hits with their recordings. The Lebrón’s repertoire continued to feature a mixture of Latin numbers and R&B/soul orientated tunes with English lyrics. Pablo sang Spanish lead vocals with the band until 1988, when unfortunately he suffered a heart attack. In addition to ‘Mala Suerte’, their debut album contained the hit boogaloos ‘Summertime Blues’ (aka ‘Funky Blues’) and ‘Tall Tale’. Goldner, who co-owned Cotique, produced the Lebrón’s first five albums on the label.

In an interview with Max Salazar, Angel made this comment about the demise of boogaloo: ‘The boogaloo era came to an end when we threatened to rebel against the package deals’. On the same theme, another star of the period, King Nando (Fernando Rivera) recounted: ‘... It was killed off by envious old band leaders, a few dance promoters and a popular Latin music disc jockey. We were the hottest bands and we drew the crowds. But we were never given top billing or top dollar. The boogaloo band leaders were forced to accept package deals which had us hopping all over town... one hour here, one hour there... for small change. When word got out that we were going to unite and no longer accept the package deals, our records were no longer played over the radio. The boogaloo era was over and so were the careers of most of the boogaloo band leaders’. However, the Lebrón Brothers managed to outlive the brief late 60s craze for boogaloo, which many Latin musicians detested and only recorded to keep in fashion. The Lebrón’s fourth release, Brother, marked a ‘promotion in the ranks’ for brother Carlos (bongo, vocals, trap drums, timbales, composer and tres - which is a six or nine-string Cuban guitar), who was pictured alongside José and Angel on the front cover of the record sleeve. The classic hit title-track of Salsa Y Control, was cited by Venezuelan salsa authority, César Miguel Rondon, as being one of the factors contributing to the use of the word ‘salsa’ (sauce) as a descriptive term for Latin music. The expression ‘salsa y control’ also designates the swinging, yet restrained style the Lebron’s have made their speciality. Ironically, the song was not representative of this. José arranged and conducted Pablo’s solo release Pablo, which mainly contained slow romantic numbers.

Cotique was taken over by Fania Records, and one of the top stars on their roster at the time, Larry Harlow, produced the Lebrón Brothers Asunto De Familia in 1973. Conga playing brother Frank, was ‘promoted’ to the front cover of this album. Fania’s co-founder, Johnny Pacheco, produced the band’s three albums between 1975 and 1978. This included one of their best, 10th Anniversary, which contained the smash hit ‘Disco Bailable’ - allegedly this song was a ‘filler-track’ composed by José in a subway train on the way to the studio. The Lebron’s final release on Cotique, Criollo, was another fine album. After a gap of three years, the Lebrón Brothers switched to Sergio Bofill and Humberto Corredor’s Caimán Records for their recording comeback Salsa Lebrón in 1986. Pablo was replaced on this album by young lead vocalist Frankie Morales (ex-Los Amigos And The Bad Street Boys). The record was even more of a family affair than usual. Young Adrian and Angel Jnr. joined the band on trombone and percussion, respectively. Angel’s daughter Nadine played piano on her father’s composition ‘La Niña’. Regular Libre and Ray Barretto, trombonist Jimmy Bosch, joined the horn section. Bobby Rodríguez, on the Caimán roster at the time, played flute on ‘Amores De Ayer’. The title track featured a medley of the Lebron’s earlier hits. Morales split acrimoniously with the band and went on to perform with his own outfit. His albums include: En Su Punto (1987) on Caimán, and Sobresaliendo/Standing Out (1989) on Corredor’s El Abuelo label.

Pablo returned in 1988 for his last appearance on El Boso, which was the first release on the new El Abuelo label. Bosch was back in the brass section joined by veteran trumpeter Alfredo ‘Chocolate’ Armenteros. For their second release in 1988, Loco Por Ti, the lead vocals were shared by Angel, José, Carlos and Enrique Estupiñan, who was one of the album’s four executive producers. In 1990, Estupiñan was joined by José Luis Ayala as co-lead singer on Salsa En El Paraiso Con Los Lebrón, which was recorded in Cali, Colombia. Vocalist/composer Ayala was a former member of the band Saoco and recorded with Eddie Palmieri and Alfredo Rodríguez.
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lo mejor de los 70 los LeBron Brothers
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Thank God for Symphony Sid.........
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Los Hermanos Lebron son Musicos fantasticos y son de Brooklyn.
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afro_taino
De lo mejor! From the best!
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Lebron brothers tienen la salsa y el control
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Good salsa
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Lo LeBron brothers son de lo mejores salseros
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Pienso que los Lebron brothers no le han dado el reconocimien t o que se merecen tienen un sabor único como lo tiene la orquesta de willie Rosario,sono r a ponceña,gran combo y así como quiera la tienen underrated
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wynterolson2
El ritmo va en la sangre latina los Lebron great music
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Love this song.... I was about 8 years old when it came out. One of my many favorites to dance to.!!!!!!
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For Salseros that feel Salsa. Dance it on instinct and not on count.
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El ritmo dellos es unico..
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Mis amigos hermanos por siempre Lebron
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Solo el verdadero salsero saben de la musica de Los Hermanos Lebron! "Si entiendes lo te quiero decir"
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I love the music of "Lebron brothers" boricua hasta la muerte! Richard Luna
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How about their song "fe" such a great song....lebr o n brothers musical legacy had transformed the salsa scene for the best...so much soul and sabor....
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Los Hnos Lebron Han sido pioneros de la musica antillana y han dejado una profunda huella en todos sus seguidores de su estilo único y me dio una tristeza al saber de la muerte de Pablito Lebron siempre lo llevare en mi corazón los quiero mucho ustedes saben que lo bueno dura poco
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We where born in La Isla del encanto & and we keep it simple salsa Boricua and Soul is the Best, but see if you can relate to country give us a hint, we love it & share with you our love for music.
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If salsa & soul are your favorites and you love Boricua and soul music we invite you to shared them with us we will try to do the best we can to play your favorites.
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wagosto
Muchas veces alternamos con esta Orq. cada vez q venía de N. York a PR. en distintos sitios de nuestra isla. Que recuerdos. Willie "Bobo" - Trombonista / Orq.
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salsa is the best
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Timbalero Tito? I hope your hands healed well?? You introduced me to a lady that was "separated" from her hubby and you chose one for yourself. Little did we know her separated husband lived on the floor below. Wow what a wicked slice, hence, never try to stop a blade with your hand and hide behind you know what!! Ray from the Bronx, at that time, I traveled a few gigs with the band including Jersey. Have a nice future with the family.
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nngonzalez19 5 7
The LEBRON BROTHER LIVE ON MY BLOCK IN BROOKLYN IN BUSHWICK!!
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Beginning in Brooklyn, I went to the Marion Mansion many times where the Lebron Brothers were featured, along with Ralph Robles and Richie Ray. This is a bona fide legendary band; they are the "real deal" folks!
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I can't believe that you don't have the song "Que Pena". It's a classic and one of the most representati v e work from The Lebron Brothers,
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I grew up listening to this music because my father was one of the most famous entertainmen t promoters of the tri-state.
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bogaloo
*** Raised Up in Conn.& knowing the Lebron Bros.from Brooklyn from their gigs in the tri-state area's; I am very familiar with their music & distict sound in the 70's. I was sadden to hear of Pablo's health problems & retirement from the band, his voice to me was what made them "cook"! They never were quite the same after Pablo's retirement but there sound is part of New York's Salsa history with plenty of,"Salsa y Control"!
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por que no hay historia sobre estos hermanos fabulosos. son los mejores en lo que hacen, debemos saber de donde viven y mucho mas de ellos. les quiero mucho
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THE SECRET TO THE SUCCESS OF THE LEBRON BROTHERS WAS THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF MUSIC, HARMONY AND COMPOSITION, BUT ABOVE ALL, THEIR RHYTHM. IN 1981, PABLO LEBRON SUFFERED A HEART ATTACK THAT FORCED HIM TO RETIRE. THE FAMILY TRADITION CONTINUED, RELEASING THEIR ALBUM CRIOLLO THE NEXT YEAR, BUT DID NOT EXTEND BEYOND THAT UNTIL THE RELEASE OF I BELIEVE IN 1996.
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PURVEYORS OF PURE SALSA! THE LEBRON BROTHERS ARE ARGUABLY ONE OF THE GREATEST BANDS OF LATIN MUSIC: GUAGUANCO, BOOGALOO, LATIN SOUL, BUT ESPECIALLY SALSA. THE BROTHERS INCLUDE JOSE, ANGEL, FRANCISCO AND PABLO. IN THE LATE 1960'S, AT THE HEIGHT OF THE BOOGALOO CRAZE, THE LEBRON BROTHERS STRUCK OUT FROM THEIR HOME IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK TO BEGIN A CAREER RECORDING FOR 30 YEARS.
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albert.ponce
VAYA BORI COMO GOZAS,JAJAJA J A J A
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acevedoedwn2 0 0 3
los hermanos lebron fue uno delos grupos que respetaban entre la fania en aquellos tiempos de mi infancia yo teni como 12 o 13 anos esta salsa siempre tedra mi respaldo como ollente 100%dela mata...puert o riqueno.
hoy tengo43 y estoy como tal alaroca.
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donperezstei n
why isnt there any history of the lebron brother????? ? ? ? ? ?
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the lebron brther la perfecta combinacion de los,finales 60 y tenprano de los 70.
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i would like to hear the best record of lebron brothers, ray barreto tito rodriguez, el conde, johnny pacheco, can you please find that for me. thank you

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