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Marvin Santiago

Salsa legend Marvin Santiago was born December 26, 1947, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Marvin was born into a musically active family. His brother (Billivan Santiago) became a successful plena vocalist, and he was groomed from a young age to be a bolero singer. Preferring the rhythmically exciting salsa style, Marvin aspired to sing with the popular dance bands of the day, eventually landing a gig with one of Puerto Rico's most famous bandleaders, Rafael Cortijo. In 1971 Santiago joined up with another struggling vocalist, Bobby Valentín, to form a duo that would quickly become a national sensation. The duo's debut, Rompecabezas, was followed by a record that would become a salsa classic, Soy Boricua. The album's title cut became an anthem of Puerto Rican pride in a decade that saw many boricuas moving to the United States, seeking alternatives to economic hardship.

Valentín and Santiago rose in popularity, and were soon honored with an invitation to join the star-studded Fania All-Stars, alongside salsa royalty like Celia Cruz, Rubén Blades, and Andy Montañez, to name a few. In 1977, like many Fania All-Stars veterans, Santiago went solo. Through his solo repertoire he earned a reputation as a master improviser. His use of common Puerto Rican slang saw him dubbed "El Sonero del Pueblo." His lyrics were a portrait of the gritty side of urban Latino life, including numerous references to sex and drug use. Santiago's upward trajectory was interrupted by a conviction for cocaine possession, landing him in a Puerto Rican prison for a five-year stint. During his years as a prisoner, Santiago embraced Christianity, and even recorded an album during his sentence, entitled Desde Adentro (From Inside).

After his release, Santiago moved toward a "romantic salsa" repertoire alongside artists like Montañez and Gilberto Santa Rosa, which kept him busy if not popular throughout the '80s and '90s. Marvin Santiago remained active (even working on a Celia Cruz tribute with former Fania labelmates) right up until his death in 2004. Marvin Santiago died October 6, 2004, due to complications of diabetes, a condition from which he had suffered since childhood. ~ Evan C. Gutierrez, Rovi
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que rumbon
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Habran imitadores, pero tu marve los sera el original numero uno. RIP
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Hinca por ahí el maravilloso marvin mi favorito por siempre
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DTB,, SIEMPRE MARVELOUS,,, MI FAVORITO SIEMPRE TE TENDRE EN ALTO,""SALSA A TO PULMON""UNIC O ! ! ! , , , AA!,,,VEMARI A ! ! !
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Puerto Rico salsa: -)
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one of the best
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Salsa
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Fernando primercantan t e d e l g r a n c o m b o j o s e i t o m a t e o p a q u e a p r e n d a n
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I tell you this guy sings like no other.
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Bayamontate, barranquite vegabajete que a ti yo te voy a poner a gozar esta saaaaaalsaaa a a marveloskiii i i i !!!! The best
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Going back to Bebos in San Juan in May. Libertad for sure... to my famila Cepeda looking forward to seeing you.
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Fuego a la jicotea coño me lleva a mis tiempo en Bayamón
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Eroman435... . . . You know it. True music for sll Boricuas
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Pues el iso pasillo com migo fredy villa espana en miramar
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Pero tenia carro sombrilla y yo m bahaba en la 15
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El mejor sonero de todos los tiempo no habrá otro igual.
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rvega12
Marvin was one of the best in creating new words at times never heard, but he sure made it sound good. An awesome talent/enter t a i n e r . R.I.P. Brother. Your surely missed..
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El gran Marvin,fuist e uno de los grandes de la salsa.Que Dios te bendiga siempre .
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El mas Destacado en la musica de lo sonero clasica, hay salsa dura en el. no lo olvidare nunca por el major salsero en latinoameric a n o
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Para mi en los 80 fue el mejor sonero de pueblo pq su musica fue bien bailable uno de mis artistas preferidos y aun todavia escucho su musica la cual nunca morira G.R.
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Los tres maestros del soneo. Ismael, hector y el grifo Marvin Santiago. Soneros con clave, sentimiento, rima y saboor. Fueron la escuela de los soneros viejos y nuevos. Rip y sigan la rumba en el cielo.
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Marvin terecuerdo desde la escuela.teng o 57 años y todavia te oigo.descans a en paz.ariba la salsa.Amen@A m e n .
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sinceramente uno de los mejores saseros de todos loos tiempos. descansa la paz del senor malvin.
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Limpiate Cordoba..Nos vemos en el paraiso....
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Bayamon-tate , Vega Baja-te que Hatillo te voy a poner a gozar esta salsa....El Grifo de Canales RIP
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Tremendo ser humano, humilde, jocoso y poeta del pueblo!
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Fuego a la jicotea para que suelte a dorotea... much love 4 you Marvin Boricua de pura cepa ; )
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EL PRIMER ARTISTA CON QUIEN TUVE EL PLACER DE COMPARTIR TARIMA. RIP SONERO DEL PUEBLO!!!
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traigo lo q le tumbo el pelo a manolo urquisa a ve mariaaa
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El sonero del pueblo--Nost a l g i a - - r e g i o n a l de bayamon 1981......av e maria. oficial como pica.
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ANOTHER SONERO AHEAD AHEAD OF HIS TIME
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TREMENDO SALSERO COMO ESE NINGUNO SALSA DE LA DURA ESO ES SALSA
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bayamontate! ! ! ! ! uno de lo montruo de salsa heavy y si no me creen .....inca por ahy
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iagosto49
Marvin, desde aquella ves que nos conocimos en Loiza siempre estas conmigo como amigo que me bridades, Que muchas memorias contigo..
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rip marvin great jam while in c.c. BORIQUA
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this one goes out to mi panitas de waukegan RIP goofy,fro,fl a c o . m o n s t r o . b l a n c o nieves jim e la policia and all bail $$$$
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Wepaleeeee! Boricua.
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missero8
Fire...class i c o . . l o v e my salsa music....
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Hot salsa love it ...
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elguayames
Tuve el placer de conocerlo personalment e junto a otro grande, Luigi Texidor. Compartimos una tarde entre familia. El sonero del pueblo, como el no hay dos, salsero de la mata.
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marvin es y siempre sera mi mejor amigo de corazon comparti buenos momentos con el, y me dejo de recuerdo su prapa sombrero personal y todavia lo tengo hacen 20 anos. que dios lo tenga en la gloria rumbiando. de corazon Cheo inca por ay miller inca.
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ave maria! ahora si que es! el sonero del pueblo. Adoro este cantante y lamento que se haya hido tan temprano ya que fue y sera uno de los graandes!
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el salsero de los caserios de p.r sonero de verdad inca poraiiiiii.
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kiketrivera
Honestly...M a r v i n was the end of the old "SALSA ERA" and the begining of the new "SALSA SINGERS", before Marvin the music was more instruments and less singing: after Marvin the"soneo"in c r e a s e a n d the singers were the center of the orchestra,,, h e don't knowed what he was starting...b u t he did....AWESO M E . . . .
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felipe.maldo n a d o
one of the biggest soneros of all time RIP.
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este para mi es el mejor sonero orgullo puerto ro
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Viva la Salsa: clasica o romantica es una sola,quien la cante.Tommy O.Andy M.Franky R. Ray B. Willy C. o Mark A. etc,,etc,,,I love Salsa,god bless 'La Salsa'
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rvega12
Marvin Santiago was one of my top five Salsero artist. He would come up with words out of the blues sky's and make them sound as sweet as day. Awesome sonero. May he still continue to make people dance, and laugh where ever he is singing. Always be remembered!
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Amazing..! That is all you can say about Marvin Santiago. I can see alot of Hector Lavoe in him when it comes to "pregon". He can freestyle with anyone and sound great at the same time. RIP
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benojimenez
great

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