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Juan Luis Guerra

In his native Dominican Republic, merengue superstar Juan Luis Guerra is considered a poet and musician of the people. He and his band 440 are much loved throughout the Latino world and he has become one of the new wave of artists responsible for revitalizing the tropical music that had been languishing during the late '80s from overplay and lack of innovation.

Guerra is the son of a professional baseball player and grew up next to the National Music Gallery. As a teen, he was influenced by the Beatles and by the music of the U.S. hippies. Initially, he taught himself the basics of guitar playing, but after winning a contest, attended the National Conservatory on a scholarship. One of his instructors then helped Guerra get into the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Massachusetts and the many genres of jazz. In time, he found he missed his native Dominican Republic and so returned to experiment with blending local African-influenced music, folk songs and jazz with his group 440. The band takes its name from the universal tuning pattern of the A note, 440 Hertz. The name was chosen by Guerra's brother, José Gilberto, who used to sit and watch them rehearse. One day he commented that they seemed so obsessed with staying in perfect tune that they should call themselves that.

Their debut album, Soplando, made little impact. For their next efforts, Mudanza y Acarreo and Mientras Más Lo Pienso Tu, Guerra and 440 began adding merengue and lightning-quick riffs of "perico ripiao," and suddenly found success with a young crowd tired of hearing the same old thing. The new music, called "bachata-merengue," soon won considerable acclaim in the Dominican Republic. The group was selected by their government to represent the country in the International Music Festival of OTI, the Organization of Ibero American Television. In 1988, Guerra and 440 had one of their biggest hits, Ojalá Que Llueva Café, which became the third best-selling album in Latin America. That year he lost his lead vocalist, Maridalia Hernández, who left to pursue a solo career in Europe, leaving Guerra to become the new lead singer. In 1991, he released Bachata Rose which became a smash hit throughout the Americas and won Guerra his first Grammy in the U.S. The album was particularly popular in Los Angeles and soon Guerra and his band were touring. His next album, Areito, caused controversy in the Dominican Republic for speaking out against social injustices that the desperately poor felt Guerra had never personally experienced. Still, he must be given credit for his sincerity and interest in improving things in his oft-troubled homeland. Musically, Guerra changed directions again for his 1995 effort Fogaraté. This album incorporated more of the increasingly popular African soukous music. It became quite popular. His 1998 release, Ni Es Lo Mismo Ni Es Igual, garnered Guerra three Grammys for Best Merengue Performance, Best Tropical Song for "El Niagara en Bicicleta," and Best Engineered Album at the first annual Latin Grammy Awards in fall 2000.

After non-stop touring for nearly three years, Guerra took an extended break from recording. He emerged in 2004 with Para Ti, his first album of new studio material in six years. The album was greeted with widespread critical and popular acclaim. He won two awards at the 2005 Grammys. The single "Las Avispas" won in the Best Gospel Pop and Tropical Merengue categories -- the first time in the award ceremony's history that any song had won in two categories simultaneously. Guerra once again toured relentlessly. He appeared alongside a heavyweight roster of stars at the Berklee College of Music's 50th anniversary concert -- Herbie Hancock, Michel Camilo, Pat Metheny, and Paul Simon were also on the bill. He was featured as an opening act on U2's 360 tour as well as for the Rolling Stones' A Bigger Bang tour. His next album, La Llave de Mi Corazón, was released in the early spring of 2007. It entered the Billboard Latin charts at number one and remained there for four weeks. He won three Latin Grammys for the album. In 2010, he appeared as a duet partner on Enrique Iglesias' single "Cuando Me Enamoro" and appeared in the music video. The record hit the top spot on Billboard's Latin chart and reigned there for 17 weeks. This was followed by a pre-release single, "Bachata en Fukuoka," from his forthcoming Asondeguerra album in 2010. The single hit number one, knocking the duet entry off its peak. Guerra's next offering was a document of the album's tour entitled Asondeguerra Tour, issued in May of 2013.

In October of 2014, he released the single "Tus Besos," a bachata track heavily inspired by and flavored with, notions of early-'60s doo wop. It hit the top spot on several industry and airplay charts. He followed it with the studio album, Todo Tiene Su Hora in November. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
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Track List: En El Cielo No Hay Hospital (Single)

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Track List: Frio, Frio (Live) (Single)

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Track List: Tus Besos (Single)

Comments

Juan luis Guerra. My favorite,his voice. His voive just. Fills me,love his music and voice would love to see. Him live
Musica de puro AMOR..
Sin palabras, linda composicion
Que bellos recuerdos con su musica :)
Q bello.✨����
marileyva3
Iuis guerra omg me canta mucho su canciones de q era chica y Todavia las escucho
Admirado: Juan Luis Guerra. He sido una gran admiradora de tus obras literales, las cuales dejan De una manera u otra un mensaje de protesta a las necesidades de la sociedad a la cual perteneces. Ahora bien. Que tiempo llevas mandando esos mensajes sociales al travez del arte poetico musical de la literatura moderna.
Creo es tiempo para que tu hagas hobras sociales, poniendo en practica
tus filosofias en practica frente a las diversas necesidades en nuestro pais REP. DOM.
Que bonita canción de verdad que dios bendiga a juan luis guerra
marisolregal a d o 4 9 6
creame pero mucho lo siento tengo un amor de pacion quiereme como te quiero yo yega la abeja al panal
evanavarrete 3
Wow ,Maestro!
Puedo sentir original y profundo amor. Por El MAESTRO D maestros!
Bendigo su Don!!!
Gracias por compartir
405rockyglen
That's real music!!!
Love your music. I don't speak Spanish but I feel every fiber of your words. Thank you.
kedsmarq
I will be seeing him live in Miami on November 6th, 2014!!!
Canciones cristianas



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Marcos Barrientos

OMG me encanta esta cancion como quisiera volviera. A tocar Juan Luis como 440 fueron sus mejores albunes.
Que Duos te siga bendiciones con canciones que reflejen su gran amor !
Preciosa canción de alabanza!
miriamh19
Total menté increíble! I love Juan Luis Guerra <3
as el boom boom donde quiera
everytime I hear this song I think about my grandma,. I miss you mami Laura.
terrible mr juan luis guerra love it
Como tu.....
Memorias , hermosa cancion
Yo encanta estate cancion
memories,me encanta
eqrecov.ew
His music give me a message, of my roots, and God, good job
Dios te continue usando para trernos tantas canciones hermosicimas llenas de gozo, animo, romance, sentido de humor, creatividad/ poema y verdad. Dios exalta a los humilde corazón como tu Juan Luis, pa' lante es pa' lla como decimos los venezolanos. DTB
Me levanta el animo!! Gracias Pandora por está musica....
El unico que puede sanarme eres tu mi señor
Bendiciones! Hermano! Tus cantos siempre una Bendicion!!! !
Que bello saber dos idiomas tan lindos, como el Ingles y Espanol, y vivir en este bello pais,donde puedas expresarte como quieras, TODOS MERECEMOS EXPRESARNOS COMO NOS VENGA EN GANA, TE AMO JUAN LUIS GUERRA. YOU ARE THE BEST OF ALL TIMES.
Dios te bendiga CORASON, MUCHO FEELING, BELLA MUSICA. WOW WOW.
Es el mejor su música te hace recordad
The best,,God Bless him this comes from a Vietnam Veteran,,kee p it up,
Todas estas canciones me hacen escapar. :)
I love his music, every song has such meaning. I have yet to go to one of his concerts. Shame on me.
Great musician me encanta su musica
su humildad, la conozco en persona; espero por mi para firmarme su autografo, mientras yo compraba el LP: OJALA QUE LLUEVA CAFE; en Plaza Carolina, PR. cuando hizo su primera gira en PR. Gracias por ser un Nuevo Procer de la musica, en mi PAIS.
por su estatura, puso mas alta la bandera,que ya estaba tan alta con tanto talento musical,depo r t i v o , y belleza tropical turistica.
Tanta nostalgia me da.... Recuerdo los atardeceres en santo Domingo con esta cancion:(
Muy hermosa cancion
breakthrough p r
Juan Luis ... Grande y Especial!
Wow jaja mi hermano le gusta esta cancion...bo n i t a y es tan romantic.per o esta cool:)
junirun
Nada me separara de ti Señor...
Hermosa cancion.
Recuerdos bienen a no mente
bella musica trae lindos recuerdos
muy Buena
dawnalbat
pa bailar contigo...qu i e r o . . . . p a sonar contigo....e s que me encanta esta cancion!
I am gald that Juan Luis guerra use romeo in this song I like it he is my number one singer I love it
That's some nice Musicianship . . . . L i g h t years beyond Pop Music
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