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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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Epa
**~♥♥♥Hector Lavoe♥♥♥~**
As it was declared...t h e Man was born to sing!!! Viva Hector!!!!
Fue y siempre sera el cantante
Siempre Boricua
We missed you but your music is #1
I'm 28 years, this is how great this man music is that to this day and age people still love his music
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
Mejor. Cantantedesi e m p r e
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
HECTOR ES UN ORGULLO PUERTO RIQUENO DESCANSA EN PAS MI EL MANO FAMILIA TORO CABO ROJO.....
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.
rentasricky
el mejor d los mejores y parece mentiras q mucha jente able d el y sus defectos pero no se tomen el tiempo d ablar o in dagar en todas sus birtudes y su familia pues tiene un Hermano en Ponce Q canta tan bonito y bueno como el....
Elcantante
lares1

He is joined by an elite group of greats Yomo Toro Gilberto Santa Rosa to name a couple. No hay musica ni musicos como los nuestro!!!!!
Te extrañamos mucho héctor,¡ tú eres lo mejor cantante en punto! "Hector lives forever"
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Impresionant e como lo quieren. Me esta muy curioso que comentan en inglés. Cuanto llevan sin venir a la isla?
His music is timeless.
Que cosa mas grande mi gente que aun en esta epoca de 2014 su musica es ELECTRIFYING . . .
Luvvvvvvvv my Hector Lavoe music, RIP papi
Epa
Epa
He's a legend no one like him I love him.
marim7512
The best nobody like him
Luvvvvvvvv u papi, RIP Hector Lavoe
dbaldaguez01
The best of the best!!! INIGUALABLE
wheepppaaaaa his music will live forever !!!
Lo mejor de mi hombre Hector Lavoe, RIP papi
I love salsa !!
This is what u call good music ..
Agua nile
This my s**t
This man que en paz descanse is my favorite love u hector
Como hector no nadie. Que lo toque en la salsa,descan z a en paz
ik2169
I'm mix and I rember my mom listen to hector and willie and Frankie Ruiz
Truly the singer of singers
Que viva nuestra rasa latina.cñooo o
Luvvvvvvvv Hector Lavoe, RIP
100% Puerto Rican, salsa es lo mio, wepaaa
Turnup my puerto Rican families around the globe turnup
Puerto Rico old music for ever...no hay nada como recordar esas viejas canciones pero siguen presente y vivas en nuestros corazones
PR ♡ FOR LIFE
De ayer
Lavoe was the best of the best
Mi salsero preferido hector lavoe, he fuistes pero nos has dejado Bella musica.
The best salsa singer of the all times.
Hector Lavoe u r the man, RIP papi
Wepaaaaaaaa
El Cantante de los cantantes
Que cante mi gente
Todavia no ha nacido nadie como el.He is THE BEST no one like him.......��
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