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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
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I love this music
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Hector la voz lo mejor de Ponce Puerto Rico
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I wanna DANCE now !!! This is my Salsa JAM!!
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Hector lavoe grew up on this music one of the best....i love my salsa music
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enoyola4
No one was like him....the best of the best. ..
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El mejor sonrero de todos los tiempos
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The best van believe he is gone
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perhaps one of the best influential singers of salsa in the 70s his ablity to improvise made him a true legend all over the world may his music live on for new generations to follow and enjoy and that my friends is his greatest legacy to us all . y que viva la salsa!
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papinlsn
The best of all time favorite
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coloncarlos7 7 1 2 5
Ninguno como este y aunque muchos cantan nadie como el
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La voz de Hector Lavoe...no else like him.
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His music was also meant for bailadores. His music catered to those of us who love to dance "salsa". Que viva la musica Latina ; )
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el major de los cantantes !!
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Lo Mejor
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El cantante de los cantantes... . g r a c i a s Hector por dejarnos los recuerdo y Gracias a las personas de otros paises que admiran y siguen escuchandolo . DLB a todos
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For me Hector is and was the most greate exponent of salsa music of all times
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The best salsa in world
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Mi genteeeeeeee
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HÉCTOR ERES Y SERÁS EL CANTANTE DE LOS CANTANTES ., VIVA LAVOE VIVA LAVOE......
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Héctor Lavoe un buen cantante y un buen amigo seguirá siempre vivo en mi mente que descanse en paz mi amigo.��❤
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Lo mejor ☆☆☆☆
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The Best of the Best
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Lo Maximo en salsa music
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Real music
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The best
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Love the man behind is music still stands strong always live on
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OK !!!!!!!!!!!! ! !
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No one will replaced him
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♡☆♡☆
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Hector lavo one of the best sale ro ever
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El mejor de los mejores y seguirá siendo el mejor cantante les dise. Papo Mambo.
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The best !! Hector lavoe may be dead but his music wil always be alive !!
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Ilikethamusi c v i v a l a s a l s a .
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we miss that kind of loyalty to the music we define as our music. que viva la musica. jesus sanchez911@o u t l o o k . c o m
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Hector Lavoe uno de los mejores salsero que existió y aun sigue tocando corazones��� � que viva la salsa
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cnegron2011
Number one
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Yo soy mexicano y mi esposa es ecuatoriana. Por ella yo empece a escuchar salsa y merengue. Héctor es uno de mis cantantes favoritos. Te quiero mucho Mamacita gracias por abrir me los hojeados.
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willyclaudio 5 7
I really miss these artists whose music l grew up listening to.
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Hector lavoe
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The best of ole skool SALSA
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One of the best saleros ever to sing. He will always be remembered.
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So sad that the youth today are letting the salsa tradition behind. Our great artists hector , Tito , will always be remembered in my heart. Love you all salsero to the heart
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El mejor de los mejores. No one better than him
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I'm 25 its 2015 still listening to hector lavoe and always and forever will.
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Yo pelie con El Señor Hector...a long time ago!
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I HAD THE PLEASURE OF VISITING YOUR TEMPORARY GRAVESITE IN THE BRONX NY ST RAYMONDS CEMETERY. !
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HÉCTOR LAVOE SIEMPRE SERÁ EL CANTANTE DE LOS CANTANTES .,CON TODO Y QUE ESTÁ MUERTO PERO SU LEGADO VIVE ,VIVA LAVOE
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Rip: a true icon of salsa
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kikovazquez2 9
Very very good salsa !! Very power full voice I love the way he sings and what he is singing and in top of that the beat to the music it's bad as...s to bad that a good singer like him is not here !! R.I.P. Hector !! Puerto Rico real music!!!!!
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