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Tommy Olivencia

Singer and bandleader Tommy Olivencia was a pioneer in the evolution of Puerto Rican salsa music. His legendary backing combo, la Primerisima, was the launching pad for future stars including Frankie Ruiz, Gilberto Santa Rosa, and Marvin Santiago. Born Ángel Tomás Olivencia Pagán in the Santurce section of San Juan on May 15, 1938, he spent much of his adolescence in the city of Arecibo, where he learned to play trumpet. By his mid-teens Olivencia was a staple of local dance bands, and in 1960 founded his first group, la Primerisima Orchestra de Puerto Rico. With their brassy fusion of swing and Latin rhythms, la Primerisima would emerge as the premier Puerto Rican band of its generation, both for its influential sound as well as its virtuoso lineup -- at various times, Olivencia also employed the likes of Chamaco Ramirez, Sammy "El Rolo" González, Simon Perez, Paquito Guzmán, Ubaldo "Lalo" Rodriguez, Hector Tricoche, Carlos Alexis, Hector "Pichie" Perez, Paquito "Junior" Acosta, and Mel Martínez, effectively a who's who of salsa's formative years. Upon signing to the Inca label, Olivencia scored his first major hit with 1972's "Secuestro," inaugurating a series of smashes including 1974's "Juntos de Nuevo" and 1975's "Plante Bandera" -- across the span of four decades, he recorded close to two dozen LPs in all, yielding such salsa classics as "Casimira," "Como Lo Hacen," and "Trucutru." In August 2000, Olivencia celebrated his 40th anniversary in music with an all-star la Primerisima showcase at San Juan's Tito Puente Theater; he died from cardiac and renal failure at his Carolina home on September 22, 2006. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Serie 32

Disc 1

1. Como Lo Hacen

2. Lobo Domesticado

3. El Del Tabacon

4. Que Se Mueran De Envidia

5. No Soy Automatico

6. Como Una Estrella

7. Del Monton

8. Doce Rosas

9. Anita Tun Tun

10. Atrevida

11. Lapiz De Carmin

12. Mujeres Como Tu

13. Volvere

14. Fiesta De Besos

15. Te Estoy Estudiando

16. Primero Fui Yo

Disc 2

1. Como Sube La Gasolina

2. Periquito Pin Pin

3. No Tires La Primera Piedra

4. Alejate De Mi

6. Lo Dudo

7. Cosas Nativas

8. Misteriosa Mujer

9. El Santero

10. Pancuco

11. No Que No

12. Recordando Detalles

14. Contigo Es Distinto

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Track List: Plante Bandera

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Track List: A Toda Maquina Con La Banda De Tommy

1. Homenaje A Los Calvos

2. Eso No Puede Ser

3. Guajira Y Montuno

4. Sin Compromiso

5. Tu No Haces Falta

6. Como Cambia El Tiempo

7. Jure

8. La Banda De Tommy

9. La Soga

10. La China

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Track List: Fiesta De Soneros

2. El Son Cubano

4. Vengo Del Monte

6. La Fiesta De Soneros

7. El Negro Chombo

8. Plante Bandera

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Track List: Iconos 25 Exitos: Tommy Olivencia

1. No Que No

2. Si Tu Te Vas

3. Mujeres Como Tu

4. La Suplicante

5. Lapiz De CarmIn

6. Recordando Detalles

7. Como Lo Hacen

8. Te Estoy Estudiando

9. Como Una Estrella

10. Luna Lunera

11. Alejate De Mi

12. Atrevida

13. Lo Dudo

14. Anita Tun Tun

15. Fiesta De Besos

16. Misteriosa Mujer

17. Periquito Pin-Pin

18. Que Pobre Amante Eres

19. No Soy Automatico

20. No Tires La Primera Piedra

21. Primero Fui Yo

22. Doce Rosas

23. Cosas Nativas

24. Lobo Domesticado

25. Los Golpes Ensenan

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Track List: Introducing Lalo Rodriguez/Simon Perez

2. Montuno Sabroso

3. Hoy No Me Recuerdas

4. Buena Suerte

5. Push Push

6. 42nd St. Mambo

7. No Has De Verme Llorar

8. Merensalsa

9. Vengo Del Monte

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Track List: La Herencia

1. Pa Lante Otra Vez

2. Trucutu

5. Historia De Un Condenado

6. Atrevida

7. Sin Compromiso

8. Verdad Amarga

10. Cuero Na Ma

11. Tus Mejores Horas

13. Vengo Del Monte

14. El Negro Chombo

15. A Mi Pai Chango

16. La Fiesta De Soneros

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Track List: La Primerisima

1. Bamboleo

2. El Preso

3. Este Amor De Los Dos

4. Maria La Belicosa

5. La Rumba Sin Evelio

6. Flores Para Mis Enemigos

7. Me Estoy Imaginando

8. St. Thomas

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Track List: Salsa, Cueros Y Sentimiento

1. Debate

2. Vida Consentida

3. Me Parezco A Ti

4. Pecador

5. Cuero Na' Ma'

6. Los Cabezones

7. Alma Con Alma

8. De Noche Y De Dia

9. Amigo Infiel

10. La Gente Donde Yo Vivo

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Track List: Secuestro

1. La Ramera

2. Una Orquidea Para Ti

3. El Espejo Traicionero

4. Me Voy Contigo

5. Mondongo A Go Go

6. La Fiesta De Soneros

7. Psicologia

8. El Sexteto Quita Y Pone

9. Basura

10. El Nacimiento De Un Guaguanco

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Weeeeepa
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VIVA LA SALSA Y PUERTO RICO!!
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Love the old school Salsa
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Good artist
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Wepaaaa
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VIVA PUERTORICO!! !
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Tu mascota fiel uuuaa
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Good good very good my amigou....!
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COMO LO HACEN?

A BAILAR SE DICHO !!
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Otra persist de los grandes.
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bagudelo
To:cm7b5b9. Do your research !
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cm7b5b9
Cuban music played by Puerto Ricans then they called it Salsa! After Cuba died in 1958!!!
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One of my favorite salsa singers, the old salsa is my favorite. John Juan Garcia.
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This is real Salsa Dura from mi Isla Puerto Rico...Tommy Olivencia one of the original Salsero,RIP. . . . .
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I love all my old time singers. Mine is ismael rievera
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Tommy unas de nueatras estrellas de la salsa boricua... EL pionero...
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angeldelgado 1 2 5
Awesome music
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Tommy Olivencia's music was part of my upbringing,m y parents taught to be proud of our Puerto Rican Heritage and to in tune with all the great musicians from P.R.."Plante Bandera" was one of my favorites..
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Sales to original
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Tengo 32 y me crie escuchando salsa de la vieja mi papa era un DJ en new jersey me trae muchos recuerdos de mi infancia.
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Awesome
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moreno10299
Me encanta Esta estacion de Radio, desde ahora solo escuchare Esta hermosa musica
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A classic. Wow.. This song reminds me of my mother. Brooklyn 1973....��
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Tengo 65 de vida en los 70 una de las mejores banda que baile en lomas del sol caguas ayy... Mama que salsa David de Bayamon PR vivo ahora en Buffalo NY y sigo bailando SALSA####
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nancyweissbe i n
I like this song! Trutuco!
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Tommy y sus cantantes lo mejor que tuvo para ser esa musica perfecta gracias Tommy.
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TOMMY..OLI.S U A V E SOCIO QUE LOS MUERTOS ESTAN BAILANDO.... A A A H H H Y Y Y . . B X . . F R A N K I E . . C Y P R E S S . . 1 4 1 . . . . M A N U E L . . A . P E R E Z . . A A A H H H Y Y Y . .
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Very very good man. Decen
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Salsa de lo mejor mmmmmm. Qué rico
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Wow
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Sot Dominicana y me encanta bailar Salsa. Y junca pasan de moda.
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rudyelmillon a r i o 4 5
Trucutu - trucutu onde' tras tú, ????????
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La mejol salsa del mundo es la salsaaaaa
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( PLANTE BANDERA. )
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SALSA vieja y sabrosa.
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Tommy Olivencia con el camaco Ramirez esos si son recuerdos inolvidable y como yo goze con esa salsa y era mi pura juventud y que viva la salsa y los recuerdos! !!
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Waoo q recuerdos!♡
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Tommy y Frankie ruiz, sabian como lo hacian,quien dice que no !!⭐
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Carlos alexis uno de los Buenos que pasaron,por la orquesta de tommy olivencia,so n o bien con el y la primerisa de puerto rico o.k.,(lenny8 3 1 )
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Tommy olivencia, que buena fue para mi su musica,tumba b a a otros cantantes de diferentes orquestas,pe r o sabia como hacerlo(y como lo hacen eso lo sabia el⭐
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Pura crema! ��������
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Vaya que buenas fueron las melodias,de hector tricoche con Tommy olivencia,so n para mi gratos,recue r d o s ⭐
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Tommy olivencia,fu e un maestro musical para muchos,soner o s de los cuales quedan tadavia,algu n o s de ellos activos en la salsa"��
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Este si que era un salsero de a verdura de lapio, de la mata a la raiz...
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Lo lamentamos mucho pero,
Hacen falta soneros como era chamaco Ramirez!!⭐
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Sonero como era,chamaco Ramirez,no son muchos estamos?
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para mi gente del RIMAC carajo
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