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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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I grew up listening to H-L, never heard anybody proclaim themselves Yo Soy El Cantante stands on its own still missem
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EL MEJOR SONERO QUE EL MUNDO SALSERO HA TENIDO,R.I.P .
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Mi papi
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el mejor a true ambassador to salsa el mejor,,,,,,, , h e c t o r dios t tenga a pesar d nuestros errores pero dejaste jueyas .. el mejor
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I love this SALSA!!!
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I MISS MY BET WERE R U BABY YOUR POOCHY ALWAYS!!!
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4124cd
El. Mejor cantante de ponce PR.nunca lo olvidaremos! !
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The best of the best is Eddie Palmi eri
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El mejor entre los mejores. una joya; voz, ritmo y melodia
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lvrenee60
Beautiful Memories Rio Piedras PR!!
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Old School! The only way to go! Reminds me of my old neighborhood . Barrio Buenaventura , Carolina, PR
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Reminds me of South Bronx in 70's..love it
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Que bueno es, epa
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Yea I like it to I am old school too
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En mi corazon
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Ahhh damn love all this old music grew up listening to all this frankie ruiz tito nieves eddie santiago marc antony hector lavoe God Damn this music makes me f**kin HAPPY love it all tito gomez EVERYBODY <3 RIP to the dead guys can't no body replace there music there's no more like these guys f**k it I.listen to all them im ( Puerto Rican /Mexican) n.dnt Even like mexican music that much :/ lol I'm bored af but forreal I LOVE ALL THESE GUYS wepa!
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The man was a true visionary a head of his time. Hector Lavoe (Lavoe- The Voice)
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Hector Lavoe...simp l y the best!!!! Thank you for you music it will live forever papi
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Luvvvvvvvv Hector Lavoe
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PERHAPS ONE OF THE GREATEST SONERO OF ARE TIME HIS ABLITY TO IMPROVISE MADE HIM A TRUE LEGEND
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I was born Salsero. El Nene de Fania ALL Stars. el cantante is resting in peace.but his music lives on!!!Thank You Hector Lavoe
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Boricua 4ever
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Salsa God...to say the least...
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rsoto623
Los mejores mensajes de la musica Boricua El Cantante that never died. Thank you. Hector Lavoe
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bjo1660
Hector Lavoe el mejor cantante de todos los tiempos.ORGU L L O PUERTORRIQUE Ñ O
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lcastro418
He is the
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Hector Lavoe does it best, RIP papi
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Wepaaaaaaaa
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Bravo
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Ojo por ojo
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Baja
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Good old days
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!!!!!!Chim pum !!!!Callao!! ! ! H E E E C C T O O R R R R ! ! ! ! !
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Hector el emperador de la salsa dura. Mi idolo hector lavoe vive por siempre. Viva. Puerto rico
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serrot1
Salsa para Siempre !
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serrot1
Sales to para siempre
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Hector Lavoe's music is unique, could never be replaced. RIP brother!!
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The one and only
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El rey de la SALSA
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His music is fresh and can go toe to toe with anyone till this day. I grew up listening to his music back in Puerto Rico and will always jam to it.
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Epa
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**~♥♥♥Hector Lavoe♥♥♥~**
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As it was declared...t h e Man was born to sing!!! Viva Hector!!!!
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Fue y siempre sera el cantante
Siempre Boricua
We missed you but your music is #1
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I'm 28 years, this is how great this man music is that to this day and age people still love his music
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nasluv2
The grand master of salsa he set the bar way to high to reach #1 of all time even today he is still #1
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Mejor. Cantantedesi e m p r e
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Hector`s legacy lives and circles the globe with the unique style and voice Asta aya en Santos City of mindanao province, philippines Island lo escuchan. King salsa hctor Sa pag-ibig magpakailanm a n . a s i dicen rey hector de la salsa para Siempre con amor.RIP
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HECTOR ES UN ORGULLO PUERTO RIQUENO DESCANSA EN PAS MI EL MANO FAMILIA TORO CABO ROJO.....
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those trumpets are so tight. Here we hear the best of the best trumpets- these guys are awesome. Hector Lavoe you are always alive in our hearts.
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