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Hector Lavoe

Héctor Lavoe was born to sing. As Latin music evolved from the boogaloo of the late '60s to the salsa boom of the '70s, Lavoe was at its forefront and "El Cantante" (the singer) of some of its most representative songs. Born Héctor Juan Perez in Ponce, Puerto Rico, on September 30, 1946, he was influenced by the Latin singers he heard on the radio, Daniel Santos and Chuito el de Bayamon, just to name a couple. As he grew more involved in music, he drew his inspiration from Puerto Rico's great sonero Ismael Rivera, as well as Cheo Feliciano. These influences are obvious in Lavoe's singing style: he attacks the son and montuno like the masters Rivera and Beny Moré, but Lavoe's natural talent for improvosation made him unique and very popular with salsa fans.

At the age of 17, Lavoe decided to quit music school in Ponce and set his sights on a singing career in New York City. By 1966, he found himself fronting Willie Colón's orquestra. Lavoe and Colón formed a partnership that would go on to span 14 albums, nearly all of which are gems in the world of Latin music. In 1973, Colón left Lavoe in charge of his orquestra, pushing Lavoe into his solo career. Without Colón, Lavoe's solo efforts only reconfirmed his singing ability and his inevitable rise to stardom. The pressures of being a huge salsa star were apparently too great for Lavoe. He had a difficult time handling his success and suffered a number of personal setbacks along the way. But Lavoe's fans never forgot about him and he always came back singing. In 1987, his final album, Strikes Back, was nominated for a Grammy.

With all the excess, fame, fortune, and tragedy from such humble beginnings, Lavoe's life has gone on to symbolize the salsa era of the '70s. With Colón, Lavoe helped shape the salsa sound of the '70s. As a solo artist, he defined the salsa sound of the '70s. And as one of the lead singers of the Fania All-Stars, Lavoe was the star among stars, "El Cantante de los Cantantes." ~ Roberto Ledesma, Rovi
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Real music
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The best
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Love the man behind is music still stands strong always live on
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OK !!!!!!!!!!!! ! !
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No one will replaced him
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♡☆♡☆
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Hector lavo one of the best sale ro ever
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El mejor de los mejores y seguirá siendo el mejor cantante les dise. Papo Mambo.
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The best !! Hector lavoe may be dead but his music wil always be alive !!
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Ilikethamusi c v i v a l a s a l s a .
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we miss that kind of loyalty to the music we define as our music. que viva la musica. jesus sanchez911@o u t l o o k . c o m
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Hector Lavoe uno de los mejores salsero que existió y aun sigue tocando corazones��� � que viva la salsa
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cnegron2011
Number one
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Yo soy mexicano y mi esposa es ecuatoriana. Por ella yo empece a escuchar salsa y merengue. Héctor es uno de mis cantantes favoritos. Te quiero mucho Mamacita gracias por abrir me los hojeados.
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willyclaudio 5 7
I really miss these artists whose music l grew up listening to.
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Hector lavoe
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The best of ole skool SALSA
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One of the best saleros ever to sing. He will always be remembered.
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So sad that the youth today are letting the salsa tradition behind. Our great artists hector , Tito , will always be remembered in my heart. Love you all salsero to the heart
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El mejor de los mejores. No one better than him
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I'm 25 its 2015 still listening to hector lavoe and always and forever will.
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☺☺
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Yo pelie con El Señor Hector...a long time ago!
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I HAD THE PLEASURE OF VISITING YOUR TEMPORARY GRAVESITE IN THE BRONX NY ST RAYMONDS CEMETERY. !
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HÉCTOR LAVOE SIEMPRE SERÁ EL CANTANTE DE LOS CANTANTES .,CON TODO Y QUE ESTÁ MUERTO PERO SU LEGADO VIVE ,VIVA LAVOE
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Rip: a true icon of salsa
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kikovazquez2 9
Very very good salsa !! Very power full voice I love the way he sings and what he is singing and in top of that the beat to the music it's bad as...s to bad that a good singer like him is not here !! R.I.P. Hector !! Puerto Rico real music!!!!!
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Mi papi chulo...RIP baby
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Ahora esto si es musica....ep a
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Love his music
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De ayer para que lo sepa...luvvv v v v u Hector Lavoe, RIP
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Willie Colon Thank you for your music !! Hector Lavoe great great voice he has been my HERO!!!!!!! Ruben Blades also Last Fight Great !!! Tito Puente Love you all always inspired me!!!!! Marc Anthony wish you the best great job trying at Hector's Voice!!!!!!!
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Puerto Rico misses you !!!!!! Mi Gente !!!!!!!!!!!





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Todopoderoso . . . l o mejor de Hector Lavoe y son muchas ♡
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Esta cancion esta por la mazeta
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Their will never be one like Hector. It happens only one in a thousand years. Viva mi Musica y Puerto Rico por siempre.
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Wepaaaaaaaa
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The best of the best be ever lavoe
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La voz.
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Hector el jibarito del mundo voz como la de el no se encontrará más viva hector gracias por tus canciones y gracias a tu compañero Willie colon por tu descubrimien t o la voz de la verdadera salsa, guaracha, son montuno merengue y más gracias
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this old songs are what music is all about
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El mejor de todo los tiempos y siempre sera
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Yo soi elcantante
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SoyTejano pero la mejor musica es la salsa de Hector. He is my all times greatest singer period.
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I lo
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I love this music I love meth and hector . Hector got me thru some hard times
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Hector was a great singer, too bad his gig was up so soon, but his music lives on forever.
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One of a kind! <33333333 :"(
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Best singer ever
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La Banda drives me crazy. I love that song!
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