Héctor Lavoe
Puerto Rican salsa singer
Héctor Lavoe
Héctor Juan Pérez Martínez, better known as Héctor Lavoe, was a Puerto Rican salsa singer. Lavoe was born and raised in the Machuelito sector of Ponce, Puerto Rico. Early in his life, he attended a local music school and developed an interest inspired by Jesús Sánchez Erazo. He moved to New York City when he was 17 years old. On his first week living in the city, he worked as the vocalist of a sextet formed by Roberto García.
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Remembering The Legendary Concert of The Fania All Stars at The Cheetah Club - TIjana's Latin Music Blog (blog)
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... Fania" and "Quitate Tu" became anthems in the Salsa realm. Thanks to its amazing brass sections, percussion, and outstanding singers like Cheo Feliciano, Hector Lavoe and Ismael Miranda, The Fania All Stars changed the history of Salsa in one night
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Central Park Film Festival Starts Tonight - Joonbug.com (blog)
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The 2006 biopic of Hector Lavoe stars Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, and follows the birth of the salsa movement. Other films will include the jazz film Bird (starring Forrest Whitaker as Charlie Parker), Dreamgirls (Jennifer Hudson, Beyonce,
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Things To Do In NYC This Week - Albany Times Union (blog)
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Opening the festival on Tuesday is “El Cantante,” a 2006 film about the salsa musician Héctor Lavoe, starring Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez. On Wednesday the feature is “Bird” (1988), a biographical film about the jazz musician Charlie (Bird) Parker,
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Spare Times, for Aug. 19-25 - New York Times
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Opening the festival on Tuesday is “El Cantante,” a 2006 film about the salsa musician Héctor Lavoe, starring Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez. On Wednesday the feature is “Bird” (1988), a biographical film about the jazz musician Charlie (Bird) Parker,
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'A Star is Born' as Barbra Streisand Flick Wins Central Park Film Fest Pick - DNAinfo
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Other films being shown include "El Cantante," (2006) with Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony about Hector Lavoe, who started the salsa movement in 1975 and brought it to America. Sissy Spacek in "Coal Miner's Daughter." (Universal Pictures/Photofest)
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Salsa Dancing Returns to the Palms - Patch.com
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Scheduled to entertain the crowd are the Lavoe All Stars, a band that plays tribute to famed salsero singer Hector Lavoe, and dance exhibitions from, among others, 10 year-old Melody Monte. Lopez was born and spent his early childhood in Stamford
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National Night Out in the Bronx Features Legendary Latin Jazz Pianist Gilberto ... - Bronx News Network
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For years, Colon played with Salsa legends Hector Lavoe and Tito Puente.) National Night Out was held in every precinct in the borough and is an annual event designed to foster a more positive relationship between police and community residents
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The Copacabana reopens in Times Sq. - New York Daily News
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The venerable New York City nightclub that has seen legends like Celia Cruz, Héctor Lavoe and Tito Puente grace its stage is back after a four-year hiatus. Last night, the Copacabana was scheduled to officially open its brand-new Times
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La voz cantante de la salsa - ElEspectador.com
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Aunque por decisión propia se habría despedido mucho antes del 29 de junio de 1993, fecha en la que Héctor Lavoe dejó de ser cantante para convertirse en leyenda. La pérdida temprana de su madre lo hizo abandonar su natal Ponce y desplazarse a Nueva
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Héctor Lavoe me lavó el cerebro y los oídos: 'Guayacán' Madera - El Heraldo (Colombia)
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Vea, mi llave, para ese entonces fue que el brother Héctor Lavoe me lavó el cerebro y los oídos. Cuando veía a mi mamá embelesada oyéndolo cantar en ritmo de salsa, La verdad, ese vallenato de Freddy Molina que yo había conocido en la voz de Alfredo
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Tributo musical a Héctor Lavoe en 'La nohe del saoco' - El Universo
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El cantante puertorriqueño Héctor Lavoe en una de las presentaciones que ofreció en Nueva York (EE.UU.). El pasado 29 de junio se cumplieron 18 años de la muerte del salsero puertorriqueño Héctor Lavoe. En su memoria, Fernando Rendón Alvarado,
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Van Lester ofrecerá homenaje a Héctor Lavoe en Lima - Terra Perú
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Cantante, compositor, arreglista, Van Lester llega de Puerto Rico a nuestro país para ofrecer su espectáculo Héctor Lavoe Vive al conmemorarse los 18 años de la partida del cantante. La similitud de voces entre Lester y Lavoe captó la atención de los
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The Original Sound Of Latin New York 1964-1980 - Aquarian Weekly
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Equally definitive, South Bronx-born Nuyorican trombonist and civil rights activist Willie Colon renders brassy Afro-Latin hip-shaker “Che Che Cole” (featuring idolized drug casualty Hector LaVoe on vocals), free jazz tropicalia “The Hustler” and
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Fania Records 1964-1980: The Original Sound of Latin New York - Pitchfork Media
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Strut's new Fania compilation documents that development over two packed discs, with key tracks by Willie Colón, Rubén Blades, Héctor Lavoe, the Fania All Stars, Celia Cruz, Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria, Joe Bataan, and others
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Two salsa legends Gilberto Santa Rosa & Ruben Blades for 'Una Sola Salsa' - Examiner.com
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As an introduction before the commencement of the 'Una Sola Salsa' concert a slide show of descriptive phrases and influential photos of salsa musicians from Hector Lavoe, Frankie Ruiz to the Fania All Stars were displayed in the background of the
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Héctor Lavoe
    FORTIES
  • 1993
    Age 46
    Lavoe died on June 29, 1993, from a complication of AIDS.
    More Details Hide Details Héctor was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, to Francisca (Pachita) Martínez and Luis Pérez, and raised in the Machuelo Abajo barrio of the city. He was inspired early in life by his musically talented family. His grandfather, Don Juan Martínez, was a singer of controversial songs, which led to physical confrontations. His uncle was well known in Ponce as a tres player. His mother Francisca, also known as Pachita, was well known by her family and townspeople for her beautiful singing voice. His father, Luis, supported his wife and eight children by singing and playing guitar with trios and big bands. He was in high demand as a guitarist for the Fiestas de Cruz celebrations and other popular religious ceremonies, and he wanted his son to receive formal musical training as a trombonist; Héctor dreamt of being a singer. Héctor was influenced by Puerto Rican singers such as Jesús Sánchez Erazo, also known as "Chuíto el de Bayamón" - one of the island's most successful folk singers, and Daniel Santos. Later in his life, he would record songs with both artists.
  • 1992
    Age 45
    It is believed his final public performance was a brief appearance at the club S.O.B.'s in New York City, in April 1992. Héctor died on June 29, 1993, at a hospital in New York City.
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  • 1990
    Age 43
    In 1990, Héctor gave his last large, public performance with the Fania All Stars in New Jersey.
    More Details Hide Details It was meant to be his comeback concert, but Héctor could not even sing a few notes of his famous song "Mi Gente".
  • 1988
    Age 41
    The next day, June 26, 1988, Héctor attempted suicide by jumping off the ninth floor of the Regency Hotel Condado in Puerto Rico.
    More Details Hide Details No reason for this suicide attempt was ever provided. He survived the attempt, but from that day forward, would never completely recover as AIDS, the result of intravenous drug use and shared needles, began to ravage his body.
  • 1987
    Age 40
    In June 2002, the remains of Lavoe and his son, who died in 1987, were exhumed at his family's request and reburied in his native Ponce, along with his widow Nilda who had died a few weeks before.
    More Details Hide Details His remains are at the Cementerio Civil de Ponce (Ponce Civil Cemetery), in that city's Barrio Segundo neighborhood. Lavoe's life has inspired two biographical films. The first, El Cantante, was produced by salsa artist Marc Anthony, who played Lavoe, and Jennifer Lopez as Hector's wife, Nilda (known as "Puchi" by close friends). Salsa singer La India also began production of her own biopic of Lavoe's life entitled The Singer, with actor Raul Carbonell in the lead role. Production was suspended in August 2008 after the director, Anthony Felton, reported that it was over budget. Carbonell noted that he would reconsider his involvement if production were to resume. An Off-Broadway production based on Lavoe's life titled ¿Quién mató a Héctor Lavoe? (Who Killed Hector Lavoe?) was a success in the late 1990s. It starred singer Domingo Quiñones in the lead role. Carbonell's decision to distance himself from the film directed by Felton was the direct result of his involvement in a tour of Quien Mato a Héctor Lavoe? in Puerto Rico, and, depending upon negotiations, possibly Peru and Colombia. An urban tribute album was released in late 2007 performed by several reggaeton artists such as Don Omar which sampled Lavoe's voice.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1975
    Age 28
    The Fania All Stars recorded several of their tracks during live concerts. Lavoe was part of the group when the All-Stars returned to Yankee Stadium in 1975, where the band recorded a two volume production entitled Live at Yankee Stadium.
    More Details Hide Details The event featured the top vocalists of Fania and Vaya records. Lavoe was included in the group along with: Ismael Miranda, Cheo Feliciano, Justo Betancourt, Ismael Quintana, Bobby Cruz, Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez, Santos Colón, and Celia Cruz. Lavoe recorded songs with the band in fifteen different productions, serving as vocalist on twenty-three songs. Besides recording songs with the band, Lavoe was also present in three movies filmed and produced by Fania Records; these were: Fania All Stars: Our Latin Thing, Fania All Stars: Salsa, and Celia Cruz with the Fania All Stars: Live in Africa. His Colón-produced albums would be best sellers; cuts from these albums were hits in Puerto Rico and the rest of Latin America: Following his rehabilitation, Lavoe's life was plagued by tragic events, emotional turmoil, and pain. Both his mother-in-law and father died, and his seventeen-year-old son Héctor Jr. was accidentally shot by a friend. Lavoe was also diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. These events would push him to the limit. Héctor was scheduled to perform at the Rubén Rodríguez Coliseum in Bayamón, Puerto Rico on the night of Saturday June 25, 1988. Sales for the concert were poor, and promotor Ralph Mercado decided to cancel the concert. Héctor, defiant to the end, and knowing that it would be one of the last times he would perform in Puerto Rico, decided, against the promoter's wishes, to perform for the public who had paid to see the concert.
  • 1970
    Age 23
    In late 1970, Colón and Lavoe recorded the first of two Asalto Navideño albums, featuring Puerto Rican folk songs such as Ramito's jibaro song "Patria y Amor", renamed "Canto a Borinquen", and original compositions.
    More Details Hide Details Lavoe's lack of professionalism was often balanced by an affable onstage presence, very much resembling that of a stand-up comedian. One famous incident involved a middle-aged audience member at a dance who requested a Puerto Rican danza from Colón's band; Lavoe responded with an insult. The requester then gave Lavoe such a beating that he almost ended up in the hospital. The request was finally honored on a later Colón record, El Juicio (The Trial), when he added a danza section to the Rafael Muñoz song "Soñando despierto", which Lavoe introduces with a deadpanned: "¡Para tí, Motherflower!" - a euphemism for: "This one's for you, motherfucker!" The Colón band had other major hits, such as "Calle Luna, Calle Sol", and the santería influenced "Aguanilé" a Pacheco song recorded in the studio by the band. "Mi Gente", was better known for a live version Lavoe recorded later with the Fania All Stars.
  • 1968
    Age 21
    During that year, Lavoe started a romantic relationship with Carmen Castro. She became pregnant but refused to marry him because she considered him a "womanizer." Lavoe's first son, José Alberto Pérez, was born on October 30, 1968.
    More Details Hide Details On the night José was baptized, Héctor received a call informing him that Nilda "Puchi" Román, with whom he also had a relationship during the same period he was with Castro, was pregnant. Héctor's second son, Héctor Jr. was born on September 25, 1969. Following the birth the couple married, and at Román's request, Lavoe had only minimum contact with Castro and José Alberto during their marriage.
  • 1967
    Age 20
    In 1967, he met salsa musician and bandleader Willie Colón.
    More Details Hide Details Johnny Pacheco, co-owner of Fania Records, and its recording musical director, suggested that Colón record Lavoe on a track on Colón's first album El Malo. Given the good results, Colón had Lavoe recorded the rest of the album's vocal tracks. Willie never officially asked Lavoe to join his band, but after the recording, said to him: "On Saturday we start at 10 p.m. at El Tropicoro Club." The album's success significantly transformed both Colón's and Lavoe's lives. Colón's band featured a raw, aggressive, all-trombone sound that was well received by salsa fans, and Lavoe complemented the style with his articulate voice, talent for improvisation, and sense of humor. The album was a massive multimillion-dollar success in France, Panama, Colombia and other countries. Héctor received instant recognition, steady work, and enough money to provide him with a comfortable lifestyle. According to Lavoe, it happened so fast he did not know how to cope with his sudden success. With the sudden fame came love and lust and experimentation with marijuana, heroin, and cocaine.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1963
    Age 16
    He moved to New York City on 3 May 1963, at the age of sixteen.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly after his arrival, he worked as the singer in a sextet formed by Roberto García. During this period, he performed with several other groups, including Orquesta New York, Kako All-Stars, and the Johnny Pacheco band. In 1967, Lavoe joined Willie Colón's band as its vocalist, recording several hit songs, including "El Malo" and "Canto a Borinquen". Lavoe moved on to become a soloist and formed his own band performing as lead vocalist. As a soloist, Lavoe recorded several hits including: "El cantante" composed by Rubén Blades, "Bandolera" composed by Colón, and "Periódico de ayer" composed by Tite Curet Alonso. During this period he was frequently featured as a guest singer with the Fania All Stars recording numerous tracks with the band. In 1979, Lavoe became deeply depressed and sought the help of a high priest of the Santería faith to treat to his drug addiction. After a short rehabilitation, he relapsed following the deaths of his father, son, and mother in law. These events, along with being diagnosed with HIV, drove Lavoe to attempt suicide by jumping off a hotel room balcony. He survived the attempt and recorded an album before his health began failing.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1946
    Born
    Born on September 30, 1946.
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