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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, Rovi
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De ayer para que lo sepa...luvvv v v v u Hector Lavoe, RIP
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Willie Colon Thank you for your music !! Hector Lavoe great great voice he has been my HERO!!!!!!! Ruben Blades also Last Fight Great !!! Tito Puente Love you all always inspired me!!!!! Marc Anthony wish you the best great job trying at Hector's Voice!!!!!!!
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Puerto Rico misses you !!!!!! Mi Gente !!!!!!!!!!!





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Todopoderoso . . . l o mejor de Hector Lavoe y son muchas ♡
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Esta cancion esta por la mazeta
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jsantaella6
Their will never be one like Hector. It happens only one in a thousand years. Viva mi Musica y Puerto Rico por siempre.
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Wepaaaaaaaa
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orland_83
The best of the best be ever lavoe
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La voz.
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Hector el jibarito del mundo voz como la de el no se encontrará más viva hector gracias por tus canciones y gracias a tu compañero Willie colon por tu descubrimien t o la voz de la verdadera salsa, guaracha, son montuno merengue y más gracias
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this old songs are what music is all about
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El mejor de todo los tiempos y siempre sera
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Yo soi elcantante
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SoyTejano pero la mejor musica es la salsa de Hector. He is my all times greatest singer period.
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I lo
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I love this music I love meth and hector . Hector got me thru some hard times
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Hector was a great singer, too bad his gig was up so soon, but his music lives on forever.
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One of a kind! <33333333 :"(
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Best singer ever
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La Banda drives me crazy. I love that song!
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El Rey De La Puntualidad came just when I needed it. Just have to dance through the pain. Be cute while it hurts. Hehehe!
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Live goes on, he lives forever!!!!
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Love his music! Like say , best medicine in the world!
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Best medicine in the world!
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No Mira palla!
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My man who make injoy life even If gone is music still live on
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Es el unico salsero junto a willy y ruben los mejores exponentes de la salsa nunca saldran alguno mejor que ellos
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I grew up listening to H-L, never heard anybody proclaim themselves Yo Soy El Cantante stands on its own still missem
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EL MEJOR SONERO QUE EL MUNDO SALSERO HA TENIDO,R.I.P .
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Mi papi
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el mejor a true ambassador to salsa el mejor,,,,,,, , h e c t o r dios t tenga a pesar d nuestros errores pero dejaste jueyas .. el mejor
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I love this SALSA!!!
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I MISS MY BET WERE R U BABY YOUR POOCHY ALWAYS!!!
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4124cd
El. Mejor cantante de ponce PR.nunca lo olvidaremos! !
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The best of the best is Eddie Palmi eri
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El mejor entre los mejores. una joya; voz, ritmo y melodia
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lvrenee60
Beautiful Memories Rio Piedras PR!!
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Old School! The only way to go! Reminds me of my old neighborhood . Barrio Buenaventura , Carolina, PR
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Reminds me of South Bronx in 70's..love it
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Que bueno es, epa
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Yea I like it to I am old school too
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En mi corazon
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Ahhh damn love all this old music grew up listening to all this frankie ruiz tito nieves eddie santiago marc antony hector lavoe God Damn this music makes me f**kin HAPPY love it all tito gomez EVERYBODY <3 RIP to the dead guys can't no body replace there music there's no more like these guys f**k it I.listen to all them im ( Puerto Rican /Mexican) n.dnt Even like mexican music that much :/ lol I'm bored af but forreal I LOVE ALL THESE GUYS wepa!
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The man was a true visionary a head of his time. Hector Lavoe (Lavoe- The Voice)
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Hector Lavoe...simp l y the best!!!! Thank you for you music it will live forever papi
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Luvvvvvvvv Hector Lavoe
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PERHAPS ONE OF THE GREATEST SONERO OF ARE TIME HIS ABLITY TO IMPROVISE MADE HIM A TRUE LEGEND
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I was born Salsero. El Nene de Fania ALL Stars. el cantante is resting in peace.but his music lives on!!!Thank You Hector Lavoe
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Salsa God...to say the least...
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