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Yomo Toro

Born in Ensenada, Guánica, Puerto Rico as the son of an amateur guitarist, Yomo Toro grew to have a five-decade career as one of New York City's best respected Latin musicians. Toro's instrument of choice was the cuatro, which is a Puerto Rican ten-string guitar-like instrument descended from the Spanish vilhuela. After first landing in New York in 1953 with his band, Los 4 Aces, he embarked on a series of tours of the Caribbean, finally settling for good in the Tremont section of the Bronx in 1956. He played with Trio los Panchos in the early '60s and recorded four albums with them, including one featuring Eydie Gorme. Soon after that he began recording with the legendary Fania label, eventually joining their world-famous house band, the Fania All-Stars. During the late '60s and early '70s he hosted The Yomo Toro Show on New York television channel 41. The show, which featured interviews with and entertainment from a host of Latin personalities, was on for seven years. The year 1969 was especially fruitful for Toro, when he recorded Tribute to Arsenio Rodriguez with the Larry Harlow Orchestra -- an incredibly influential salsa album. He also hooked up with some legends in 1970 when he recorded the classic Asalto Navideño with Willie Colon and Hector Lavoe, combining the new sounds of New York salsa with traditional Puerto Rican Christmas music. The album was one of Fania's best-selling of all time.

From the '70s onward into the 21st century, Toro's career continued nonstop. He appeared on over 150 albums, recording over 20 solo albums for Fania, Island, Rounder, and Green Linnet Records. He broke back into television and film, playing in commercials for several major international companies and working on the soundtracks for several films, including Crossover Dreams with Rubén Blades and Woody Allen's Bananas. He broke out into many different genres, recording with Harry Belafonte, Paul Simon, Linda Ronstadt, and David Byrne. In 1994, however, he returned his focus to a single band, playing in the Latin Legends with Larry Harlow and Aldaberto Santiago. Yomo Toro died of kidney failure in the Bronx on June 30, 2012; he was 78 years old. ~ Stacia Proefrock
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jetania_baby g u r l
In love with his music
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I don't understand spanish.. but i just love it. no words.. simply awesome!
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Esto es music
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quebradillan o 1 0 0
This is real music!!! Gosh, the don't make it like this anymore!
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dlatinexplos i o n
El Tio mio...
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Esto sí que es música!
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This is music! !!
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Musica Buena nunca olvidar nuestra raises
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Orgullo de mi tierra PR.
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Saw Yomo in Madison Square Garden and Yankee Stadium with Fania All Stars Hector Lavoe said to him "Ataca Yomo" and he does What flavor he adds to the salsa. Met him twice. Came to my apt in the Bronx with my cousin and another with 3 guitars. I sat in with my congas. Went to his apt next day. He took me to a place where they made percussion instruments for all the bands and had a cow bell made for me. Yomo, thank you for the memory and the music. We will miss you.




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Buena musica que barbaro



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Musica latina si
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jufrag
Love this "prodigio" del cuatro
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I just read urs vicky and i not only hear you but i feel you,,as,,,,w e l l hun,,b safe ma,,chao
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Este trae unos recuerdo malo pero buenos a la misma ves de cora mi jente,,
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El num 1 hector lavoe junto a yomo waooooooo la crema de pr ��
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lhumanite2
Misik ki fe fanm amourez
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lhumanite2
Misik ki fe neg danse, misik ki fanm amourez
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Sabroso
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My dad loves Yomo ... and every Christmas this song was part of our family tradition ... u will be missed!
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La Murga de Panamá. Love it. I miss you so much my beautiful country.
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Me encanta sea musical
Con ella cresi
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Great comments! Thank you for all the knowledge ....and thank you for sharing all the beautiful memories .......I will always be great admired of the wonderful Caribbean music....... . . w i t h his Afro and Latin roots and influence ........a delight to the ears and to the heart!
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Yomo a great loss to the world and a treasure to Puerto Rico!!!!
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Tremendo sonido !!!!
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LA MURGA
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Simply the best salsa chstmas song ever!!!
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Another important piece of music history fulfilled for me. Thank you Pandora!
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Anyone hear of Willie Ziavino & his C.O.T band in Atlanta at the Loco Luna lounge. Plagiarism is the highest form of flattery Hard to tell whether its Yomo or Willie.
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Yomo is and will always be a greatest cuarto player like other. I wish im a healthy recovery and my prayers are with you.
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neekyboo
a mi me gusta esta cancion
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Yomo, uno de los mejores cuatristas del mundo, Orgullo de Puerto Rico.
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I met Yomo Toro in a Social Club in the Bronx, NY on 142 Street and 3rd Ave. It was called The Lucky Star. My mother used to work there and on Sundays they would play Dominoes in which he went almost every Sunday. And Yes, sometimes he would bring his soundful cuatro. Those were the good old days back in the 70s.
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Sometime we forget to thank GOD for all the great musicians that help shape our life,they all great because they are so unique in their passion for MUSIC. thank you LORD!!!!!!!! ! ! ! !
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How my admiration for The Grand Yomo Toro, pride of Puerto Rico.
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mayailiana53
Uh yeeaah...tha t s Lavoe
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sam30424
@bigbearplas t e r , everybody sounds like Hector to you (-:
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This sounds like Hector Lavoe
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Yomo, a Puerto Rican National Treasure, has been a favorite of my wife and I forever.
He and his group did us the honor of playing at our wedding many years ago in our Tribecan loft on a cold and snowy day in January. ¡Gracias, Yomo!
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deandam
suave, me gusta!!
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ruben.cruz6
and Willie Colon's orchestra... . This song was originally recorded for the Asalto Navideno album, circa 1970's
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This is Hector Lavoe voice, Yomo is playing "el cuatro".
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This is an awesome song!!!
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love it!
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Always thought this was Hector Lavoe.....I think the same horn and bomba rhythmic intro is also in one of Hector's songs....can ' t remember which one right now though. Never heard/read of/about Toro till now. Thanks for the knowlege Pandora :)
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choco1651
ME GUSTO.
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Listen to this song when u get a chance. makes me want to light the Richmond skyline! the beat puts me somewhere hot and tropical right about now. where can we salsa tonight????
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nice

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