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Wilfrido Vargas

Wilfrido Vargas (b. Wilfrido Radamés Vargas Martínez, April 24, 1949, Altamira, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic), was a bandleader, trumpeter, vocalist, arranger, composer and producer who was instrumental in making the merengue style a worldwide phenomena. He began his musical studies early, attending the Municipal Academy of Music beginning at age 10. Before he was 12, he was the trumpet soloist and director of a small local band. It was in his twenties, however, that he begun to have commercial and critical successes. His band, Los Beduinos, produced their first album, Wilfrido Vargas y sus Beduinos, on the Karen label in 1974. It was the first of 17 albums that Vargas would record with Karen, all the while acting as mentor to a new generation of merengue musicians. Half of that first album was written by pianist and composer Sonny Ovalle, who helped develop Los Beduinos' sound and who would later make a major contribution to Vargas' hit albums in the '80s.

Vargas' first hit came with his fourth album, Punto y Aparte!, which was issued by Karen in 1978. It produced a hit single, "El Barbarazoí," and helped touch off a worldwide merengue craze, providing exposure for scores of Dominican artists. Vargas had a series of hit albums in the '80s, beginning with his duet with Los Beduinos vocalist Sandy Reyes, Wilfrido Vargas y Sandy Reyes, which was issued in 1982. In 1987 he switched to the Sonotone label and produced five albums with them, including Animation, which received a 1989 Grammy nomination. From 1991 on he was with the Rodven label, and while he remained a major name in merengue, he would never again achieve the prominence that he had known in the '80s. Outside of the merengue genre, Vargas also made a major contribution to the Fania All-Stars, joining them for their historic performances in Cuba in 1979 and contributing to the recording of the All Stars' Habana Jam album, recorded March 3 of that year at a concert in Havana. ~ Stacia Proefrock
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Grandes Exitos

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Track List: Coleccion Diamante

1. Hombre Divertido

2. Semaforo

3. Asi, Asi

4. Abusadora

5. Barbarazo

6. San Antonio

7. Wilfrido Dame Un Consejo

8. Volvere

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Track List: Serie 2000

1. Abusadora

3. El Africano

4. Volvere

6. El Hombre Divertido

7. El Barbarazo

9. Las Avispas

10. Wilfrido Dame Un Consejo

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Track List: Serie Platino

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vjuarez382
Wilfrido vargas uno de mis favoritos del merengue ☆♡
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This song is hilarious!
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trusting4eve r
Wow , verdaderamen t e que estas canciones le hacen recordar tantos buenos tiempos que pude vivir y compartir con mis mejores amigos !!!
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En la R.D., para esa época,solo habían dos caballos que 'jalaban' la carreta,esos eran el caballo negro Johnny Ventura y el otro caballo era Wilfrido Vargas. Que tiempos aquellos ver dad amigos !!!!!!!!!
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Love this song even as a kid
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My childhood was filled with this man's music as well as others from that time 70's and 80's merengue was the best DOMINICANOS! ! !
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Wilfrido mi Medicina eres Tu y también Mi Jardinero.
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Elvis crespo
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Love my happy Latin Musice
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danelyone
Many memories of many parties from my childhood in Puerto Rico.
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Eddy Herrera Only knows what the hell he was saying in English Lol
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i'm Dominican,I was living in Puerto Rico when this jam came out and all Puerto was one party
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DOMINICANS ROCK, WE ARE THE BEST IN MERENGUE, BACHATA, YOU NAME IT WE GOT IT, IS IN OUR BLOOD. THE CREAM OF THE CREAM!
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Soy boricua me gusta merengue. Wilfredo. Me trae mucho recuerdo
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trusting4eve r
Wow!!!!! it brings me great memories even though I was a teen back then, they played his merengues everywhere. Love it!!!!
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Dodes estan todas las abusadoras.? ? ?
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Great merengue
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Yes yes yes say it agen orgullo DEL SER DOMINICANOOO O S A RIVAS.
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Me encantan los merengues de esa epoca! Orgullo Dominicano
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El jardinero wilfrido Vargas
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Me encanta el merengue de Sergio vargas....en vivo...donde estés...ahí estaré yo
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Bellos recuerdos del buen merengue, que lastima que ya no sea tan popular, nos que da uno de los mejores Eddie Herrera
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Jorge Gómez un orgullo catracho el jardinero wilfrido Vargas ;)
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Es un artista como hay pocos
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Love this old school merenges
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esas son palbailador. que tienpos verda

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Gata I know what you. I miss my DR too. I love this song.
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raysa_campus a n o
I miss my country!!! Love u DR
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omg I grew up with them raise in pr first time I said them I was 10
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I love my merengues, bachatas, salsa there is nothing like the tropical sound to get you moving and enjoying the company of others. Makes me happy and prouder to be Puerto Rican.
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Mean merengue, wepaaa.
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La mejor entrada de un merengue, me refiero a la mas contagiosa.
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Love him!!
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rafa-8900
Wilfredo vargas
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OMG que lindos tiempos!!!!
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Wow quiero volor con esta cansion
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I feel sorry for anyone who hasn't heard this song and especially this song. Clásico!
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Wow q recuerdo s !!!
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I love this song. As a child I would listen to it all the time!!!! Wilifrido Vargas!!!! I love u. This is the best song follow me if u agree
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Rubby Perez was the singer of the song.. But in Wilfrido's band..
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Ruby Perez sings Volvere not Wilfrido Vargas.
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Just the best merengue all the time volveré volveré
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mesgutas muuuuu ch voz ariba las copas pol k a y , aki a, yrolaaaa
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Abusadora, ,, , good beat,,i like it,,,yup
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Pit Bull ripped this one...never forget the original / classics!
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megusta
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shaylinmbell a c
One word phenomenal!! ! I miss DR!!!
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Could never get tiredof listening and dancing to it....a definite party starter....e v e r y o n e , every nationality knows this song. An ol' time favorite.
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In Miami coming from Nicaragua... . after the revolution. we lived in a small suburb in miami sweetwater, tight night community, and this song will freaking rock every second in every party. I went t san Franscisco 20 yrs later and this same song is cranking!!! ay!!! que lo que le pasa al Negro!!!
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sbulnes01
Primo de mi abuelo! Altamireno de corazon... Que monstruo de artista!
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