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Tommy Olivencia

Singer and bandleader Tommy Olivencia was a pioneer in the evolution of Puerto Rican salsa music. His legendary backing combo, la Primerisima, was the launching pad for future stars including Frankie Ruiz, Gilberto Santa Rosa, and Marvin Santiago. Born Ángel Tomás Olivencia Pagán in the Santurce section of San Juan on May 15, 1938, he spent much of his adolescence in the city of Arecibo, where he learned to play trumpet. By his mid-teens Olivencia was a staple of local dance bands, and in 1960 founded his first group, la Primerisima Orchestra de Puerto Rico. With their brassy fusion of swing and Latin rhythms, la Primerisima would emerge as the premier Puerto Rican band of its generation, both for its influential sound as well as its virtuoso lineup -- at various times, Olivencia also employed the likes of Chamaco Ramirez, Sammy "El Rolo" González, Simon Perez, Paquito Guzmán, Ubaldo "Lalo" Rodriguez, Hector Tricoche, Carlos Alexis, Hector "Pichie" Perez, Paquito "Junior" Acosta, and Mel Martínez, effectively a who's who of salsa's formative years. Upon signing to the Inca label, Olivencia scored his first major hit with 1972's "Secuestro," inaugurating a series of smashes including 1974's "Juntos de Nuevo" and 1975's "Plante Bandera" -- across the span of four decades, he recorded close to two dozen LPs in all, yielding such salsa classics as "Casimira," "Como Lo Hacen," and "Trucutru." In August 2000, Olivencia celebrated his 40th anniversary in music with an all-star la Primerisima showcase at San Juan's Tito Puente Theater; he died from cardiac and renal failure at his Carolina home on September 22, 2006. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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R.I. P TOMMY TREMENDO ARREGLÓ A UNA BALADA LE QUEDÓ DE SHOW.Y DESPUÉS FRANKIE CANTANDOLA TREMENDA 100% OFICIAL (*_-)
THIS SALSA WILL NEVER DIE , THE BEST
Tripod mania
Tommy, esta musica deberia estar como peligro, Esta musica te contagia a ti y a quaquiera que la escuche. Peligro!!!, Peligro!!! de contagierse! ! !
Escucho la salsa y me tengo que levantar y bailar. Me la gozo en cantidad.
Como esa salsa ninguna theoldies the best mejores salseros del mundo inigualables use to dance the best salsa in P R and nothing cant compare with this salsa nobody like the oldies to dance a real salsa
PR. For life
Que chevere!!!
Diablo que salsa chula.
karinasaldan a 0 8 2 5
Kiss your hand and say your crush and pick a school day and close your hand and say your name post this on 15 other songs and you crush will ask you out
savadasavada s a v a d a . . . . .
Wepaaaaaa!
Dame de I rica salsa and I'm happy no necesito mas nada
Chamaco Ramirez con la Primerisima
cano-144
Tommy.con su buena salsa y buenos cantantes.en su época difícil de olvlidal
De Caguas aquisi que habia salsita . La Floresta,Rio Cub,Cabo Rojeño.Vi la Primera Visita a P.R.de Estrellas de Fania . Hasta la Marginal y EL 8000 Night Club.Hace tiempo EL Primo de Caguas.
CHAMACO Ramirez was one of the best soneros P.R. had. RIP
Salsa de los 80 oh my god lo mio
It's Salsa time with EL GRAN COMBO.

My favorite singer was Chamaco ramirez, plante bandera , trucuto ,Boricua De pura sepa. .
Salsa is my favorite music to dance
i uses to say todo instead of lobo lol i was 7 when this came out
victoriamend e z 9 9
Puerto Rico que linda.
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Música clásica Recuerdo que mi abuela jugando como un niño!!
Lamentableme n t e ha desaparecido una gran estrella del genero salsa y como Tommy Olivencia en combinacion con el loquito Frankie Ruiz ambos dieron un gran repunte a este genero. cual salsero de pura sangre, mientras viva seguire dando apollo a la salsa. Descancen en Paz ambos;'''''' ' ' ' ' ' ;
I could bug to this all day!!!!!
Que salsa coño!!!
Boricuasssss s s s ! ! !
Tremenda salsa caliente
I am a pure salsa freak salsa is in many cases like poetry an take back on time to my child hood and make me remember some like Ismael Rivera
Old Skooooooool!
Wepaaaaaaaaa . . . . .
Jamming at work.
LA salsa for ever! Saludos desde/@USA.L u i s morales :-) family/ penuelas pagozar....
Que rica salsa telodice un peruano de Cora
Me encanta salsa de la buena eso pa lante
Love salsa always did!!!
Lo mejor de mi vida, como olvidar Descansa en paz, Tommy y q viva la salsa
gladiatores
LO LAyinoPA la ta PR TO the Deife keep fighting 4 A nation that is not own
This song reminds me of my beautiful mom, RIP mami I love you and miss you alot
Salsa is my favoritemusi c !
Villalba presents wepaaaa
Tommy tiene demaciado sabor real salsa
La rumba buena...
cocolo love salsa
Love love salsa
SALSA :-*
Me encanta
LA MEJOR SALSA SE ESCUCHA EN LA ISLA DEL ENCANTO PR
Criado en Guaynabo Puerto Rico. Le doy gracias a Dios .pero mas importantly introdu7cirm e to la mejor musica que mis oidos habian oido. LA SALSA .
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