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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Hector Lavoe - Greatest Hits

1. Periodico De Ayer

2. El Cantante

3. Mi Gente

4. Rompe Saraguey

5. El Todopoderoso

6. De Ti Depende

7. Hacha Y Machete

8. El Dia De Suerte

9. Todo Tiene Su Final

10. Calle Luna Calle Sol

11. Aguanile

12. Ah-Ah/O-No

13. Che Che Cole

14. El Malo

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Track List: A Man And His Music

Disc 1

1. Aguanile

2. La Banda

3. Ah-Ah/O-No

4. Te Conozco

5. Abuelita

6. Que Bien Te Ves

7. Barrunto

8. Pirana

9. La Murga

10. Juana Pena

11. Che Che Cole

12. Triste Y Vacia

13. Timbalero

14. Mi Gente

15. Todo Tiene Su Final

Disc 2

1. El Todopoderoso

2. Periodico De Ayer

3. Isla Del Encanto

4. El Cantante

5. El Sabio

6. Hacha Y Machete

7. Vamos A Reir Un Poco

8. El Rey De La Puntualidad

9. Ublabadu

10. Alejate

11. La Fama

12. Mi Gente

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Track List: Tu Bien Lo Sabes

1. Tu Bien Lo Sabes

2. Sombras Nada Mas

3. Sonando Despierto

4. De Ti Depende

5. Emborrachame De Amor

6. Consejo De Oro

7. Juventud

8. Llore

9. Comedia

10. Seguire Sin Ti

11. Ausencia

12. Un Amor De La Calle

13. Tus Ojos

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Track List: Que Sentimiento!

1. Amor Soñado

2. Lo Dejé Llorando

3. Juventud

4. Yo 'Ta Cansa

5. Soy Vagabundo

6. El Son

7. Seguiré Mi Viaje

8. No Hay Quien Te Aguante

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Track List: El Sabio

1. El Sabio

2. Plazos Traicioneros

3. Noche De Farra

4. Para Ochun

5. Alejate

6. Llore

7. Ceora

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Track List: De Ti Depende (It's Up To You)

1. Vamos A Reir Un Poco

2. De Ti Depende

3. Periodico De Ayer

4. Consejo De Oro

5. Tanto Como Ayer

6. Hacha Y Machete

7. Felices Horas

8. Mentira

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Track List: La Voz

1. El Todopoderoso

2. Emborrachame De Amor

3. Paraiso De Dulzura

4. Un Amor De La Calle

5. Rompe Saraguey

6. Mucho Amor

7. Tus Ojos

8. Mi Gente

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Track List: Revento

1. De Que Tamaño Es Tu Amor

2. La Vida Es Bonita

3. Don Fulano De Tal

4. La Fama

5. Déjala Que Siga

6. Cancer

7. Porque No Puedo Ser Felíz

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Hay un solo maradona, un Michael Jordan, y un hectorlavoe no hay mas!
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Para ochun y yemaya juepuchica que tema
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I was born and raised in paterson n.j in 1978 with my grand parent's and my father's brother's and when they seen how quickly I fell in love with salsa , my uncle Rusty said if you like old salsa well you gonna love this I never forget "MI Gente" live I was like wow that's music for real.......
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jechevarria1 1 2 6
Uno de los grandes de mi bella ciudad junto con CheoFelician o . Tremendo dúo de Ponceños; QEPD. José Echevarria Ponce es Ponce..
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Hector, El Cantante de los Cantantes, remained a "jibaro" at heart. A Jibaro in the Big Apple and proud of it. Long live his music!
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MR HECTOR LAVOE THE BEST OF BEST!!!! HE WAS BEST THERE WAS THE BEST THERE BE & THE BEST THERE EVER BE. + HE WAS THE BEST IMPROVISER EVER
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Di man
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Very nice..... definitely something to appreciate.. . .
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A legend in Salsa music no doubt. Saw him more than a few times in NYC when I used to frequent the Latin scene in the late 70's and early 80's.... I remember watching him one time in a club called El Corso on the East side, I am just standing there mesmerized by this man's talent. What a show!
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Como tu no hay otro
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El mejor delos mejores aisi que avia para aprender Hector que descanse en pas
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El cantante de los cantantes. Mejor que el no va ver nadie . Descansa en paz.
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Se me paran los pelos cuando ecucho su musica
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Canto y musica bailable para mover todo el cuerpo, algo fantastico..
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Lo siento mucho por los demas antes de hector y despues de el pero el mejor y mas completo canta hector canta.
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Excelente musica!!!
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Great music from my island
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Good old time best sounds n voice tone
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Indudablemen t e el mejor!
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The best
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bennyomar
I only discovered Hector Lavoe in the last 8 or so years. I will say without hesitation. He is the best, the greatest!!
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lo mejor que vino de la Perla del Sur
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vamos a reir un poco
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I was born in ponce Puerto Rico ���� and the pride I have to say so,is immense,,��� =
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The best forever.
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FYI. B**CHES. Hector IS MY DAD AN HES PUERTO RICAN SO BTFO B**CHES
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LAVOE WIT TITE CURET .R.I.P...BX CYPRESS..141 . . . ACE...JC.B..
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Uno de los mejores !!
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Cresi con su música mi favorito después de Ismael Rivera y Tito Rodrigues
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%%%%% MUSICA SABROSA %%%%%
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The greatest to ever do it unfortunatel y "todo tiene su final"
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The Man, the Myth, the Legend...One PR's Best...Turne d it out every time he sang! Lost to the Game!
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The Man, the Myth, the Legend one the Best EVER! He turned it out every time he sang...One of many Puerto Rico's Best...
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The Man, the Myth, the Legend One of the best EVER!
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To my Big Bro you turned me onto the best in SALSA music Hector,Willi e , R u b e n , T i t o , J o h n n y , also Eddie And of course Celica.My fav is El Cantante
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junior cruz sin duda alguna el mejor de su epoca ,tremenda voz y carisma con su publico,EL CANTANTE. DE LOS CANTANTES
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Hector is and always will be the best of all salsa singers
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HECTOR LAVOE is one of the greatest. Voice of a ANGEL
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One the greatest!!!!
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%%%%% EL CANTANTE. %%%%%
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janetr1961
The greatest!!!
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Brings back so many beautiful memories of my childhood love you always Hector
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El cantante de todos los cantate...el Gran Maestro Lavoe!
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One of the amazing voices in Salsa music. Love you Hector.
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Sonora Ponceña
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how my late mother described Hector. He was a genius in the music industry. During his time. :)
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Lov ,te conosco bacslao
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Hector Lavoe....lov e you papi
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Loved all his music one of the best. Saw him many times in New York great memory great times.
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One of the many greats to do it. Special talent, voice was harmonic!
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