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Willie Colon

Trombone player, composer, and bandleader Willie Colón is one of the pioneers of Latin American music. Despite initial criticism, Colón's album El Malo has become known as one of the first albums to feature the "New York Sound" that sparked a renewed interest in Latin music during the 1970s. Colón has been instrumental in the careers of such Latin musicians as Rubén Blades, who first sang with Colón's band in 1975, and Celia Cruz, for whom Colón has produced such albums as Only They Could Have Done This Album in 1977 and the highly successful duet album Celia & Willie in 1981. Colón has also produced albums for Ismael Miranda, Sophy, Soledad Bravo, and the late Hector Lavoe, who sang with his band in the early '70s. Inspired by the music of various cultures, Colón has recorded with such musicians as Puerto Rican cuatro player Yomo Toro and David Byrne. Colón's composition "Che Che Cole," adapted from a Ghanaian children's song, was used by Ntozake Shange in the musical play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf. In addition to 11 Grammy nominations and one Grammy award, Colón has received a CHUBB fellowship from Yale University, the most prestigious award given by the Ivy League school. Colón ran for the United States Congress, representing New York's 17th Congressional District, in 1992.

Starting to play the trumpet at the age of 12, Colón switched to the trombone two years later. Making his recording debut in 1967, for Al Santiago's Futura label, Colón became a victim of misfortune when the label folded. Colón was much more successful when he signed with Johnny Pacheco's Fania label. When his vocalist failed to make Colón's first session for the label, Pacheco suggested Hector Lavoe as a replacement. The collaboration proved fruitful when two singles from Colón's first two albums (El Malo, Guisando) -- "Jazzy" and "I Wish I Had a Watermelon" -- became hits. Lavoe remained a vital member of Colón's band until the mid-'70s when an increased drug addiction caused him to miss or show up late for several gigs. Although their partnership formally ended in 1975, Colón and Lavoe continued to work together. Lavoe's last album, Strikes Back, released in 1987, was produced by Colón.

In 1975, Colón balanced his schedule as director of the Latin Jazz All Stars with studies in music theory, composition, and orchestration. His increased knowledge paid off quickly. In 1978, Colón was named Musician, Producer, and Trombone Player of the Year in a readers poll conducted by Latin New York. Three years later, he received an award as Musician of the Year and his album Fantasmas was named Album of the Year. Colón continued to garner acclaim when his album Canciones del Solar de los Aburridos received a Grammy award in 1982.

Although they met backstage before a concert in Panama in 1969, Colón and Blades didn't begin collaborating until five years later. While working on the album The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, Colón asked Blades to sing on the Blades-penned tune "El Cazanguero," which reflected on Blades' experiences as a law student working in a Panamanian prison. The session was so satisfying that Blades became a full-time member of Colón's band following the departure of Lavoe. Their 1978 album Siembra became the top-selling album in Fania's catalog. Despite their success, Blades severely quarreled with label president Jerry Mascucci over money. Although Colón recorded two solo albums -- El Baquine de Angelitos Negros in 1977 and Solo in 1979 -- and Blades recorded a solo album, Maestra Vida, in 1980, their solo work failed to match the commercial success of their joint efforts.

In 1981, the two musicians resumed their partnership, with Blades playing coro on Colón's solo album Fantasmas. The following year, they collaborated on the Grammy-winning album Canciones del Solar de los Aburridos, which yielded the hits singles "Tiburon," "Ligia Elena," and "Te Estan Buscando." Their partnership again proved short-lived as Colón and Blades split up after working on the film The Last Fight. The split was far from amiable and the two musicians continued to feud until reuniting for a concert at the Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan in March 1992. Despite collaborating on the album Tras la Tormenta in 1995, Colón and Blades recorded their parts separately. Following a reunion concert at the Hollywood Bowl in 1997, Colón and Blades performed a series of concerts together.

In the late '80s, Colón formed a new band, Legal Alien, with younger musicians. Signing with Sony, Colón and the band recorded Color Americano in 1990 and Honra y Cultura in 1991. Two years later, Colón recorded Hecho en Puerto Rico with an all-star band featuring ex-members of the Fania All-Stars, Papo Lucca and Bobby Valentin. Since leaving Sony over a lack of promotional support, Colón continued to remain active, filling stadiums and concerts halls throughout Latin America and releasing new material including Experiencia in 2004, followed by The Player three years later and El Malo, Vol. 2: Prisioneros del Mambo in 2008. ~ Craig Harris, Rovi
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Luvvvvvvvv u Hector Lavoe...RIP papi ♡
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Music tat gets my adrenaline going...wepa a a a a a a a
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For all the salsa fans out there don't matter where you come from just enjoy this fantastic music love for everybody��
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identity. Yet, as Salsa music becomes more popular, everyone and their grandmother is trying to take credit for this music genre,It is not Latin American music carajo. it is unique to us.
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of our pride in our island nation. We were proud to be Americans, Hell, the fighting 65th was always cannon fodder since WW2 for the U.S. army. Puerto Ricans (as an ethnicity of this country) have lost more soldiers than any other from WW1 through the present.
The moral of the story is that we are the only western culture that has never seen a day of freedom as a culture. It is this cultural confusion that gave rise to Salsa music. we combined th oldculture and the new into an expression of
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It's amazing how even this site categorizes Salsa as Latin American music It's not. Just like the Puerto Rican experience is different from any other Caribbean Hispanic or South or Central American immigrant experience.T h e Jones Act made us U.S, citizens weather we wanted or not, With that said, we paved the way for every other Latino that came to this country (especially in the North East). Salsa was created by Boricuas or the descendans of Boricuas in the1970's in a concerted effort to retain
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Yoly♌��La mucica alegra el alama del ser
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"No se puede corregir a la naturaleza, a los que nacen doblao jamás su tronco endereza",WC . Te haces a la primera y luego por camino feliz....sie m p r e "
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flacoo644.bc
One of the greatest of the great...that says it all....
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Sabor boricua
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flowerdiaz89
Ponce en la casa viva la salsa
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kikovazquez2 9
Man this guy can sing !! I love his style from his younger years from the 70's I love his old music it just shows that older music is still the s**t In my book !!! But ya I like his stlye from when he first was known. !! Good good singer !!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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lorenewillis 7 0
This is too much. How can it get any better
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Ole skool SALSA rocks
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Soy Tico (Costa Rica) oriundo de Pto Limon, Caribe, cuna de la salsa en CR. Amantes del baile y la musica. Salsa siendo la numero uno y si Willie Colon uno de nuestros favoritos.
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N that's what u call music!!!!
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Willie Colon was one of the best Latin music players in history. Best music, best memories ever.
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Willie Colon is The Best of the Best! Puerto Rico's Pride and Joy! Love you Willie. ❤️��
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Eso Se Baila Asi! Best song of my morning. Boogaloo baby! Yes!!!!!
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Weeeeepa!
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All night long!!!!
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mi musica
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Oh pues claro el mejor d Puerto Rico
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Willie colon was one of the best true players in the Latin music industry of new York and Puerto Rico and that is the real deal louie Mendez
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Dancing music
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Lo mejor
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This is what I call musica!!!
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My parents danced to this song for many years. It always brings me to the happiest days of my childhood.
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Will never forget!!!!
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mulupower
One of the best
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Luis varga
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Now that I'm older I know why my parents listened to this music..
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Pati primo
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COMO LA FANIA NO AY MEJOR MUSICA,
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This music forever lives... Same as you baby,
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Shut the door
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Vamos a gozar
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Soy yo mami!! El malo! Cantando de mi!!!!
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Wepa conyo I love all this old music there's nothing like this anymore :(
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<3
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Dynamic! Recall the family gatherings.e v e r y weekend.
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Weeeeepa :)
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Otro cantante de los cantantes!!! !
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Esto esta por la mazeta
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Dios mio,
esto es fuera de este mundo.
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Bravo
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La salsa jamas morira hector lavoe el emperador de la salsa. Gaita
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Este unos sobretodos es un gladiador que lo que espresan es como es em la vida in la calle un ganster de la salsa arriba Willie colón
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EPA!!
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msrp122811
Willie es un maestro de primera clase! Que viva la Salsa siempre!!!!! ! !
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