Add to EJ Playlist Singer, songwriter and poet, affectionately known as "El Topo", was born on 22 November 1942 in the small town of Moca, on the western end of Puerto Rico. He moved to Rio Piedras, in the metropolitan area of San Juan, in 1961, to pursue his studies at the University of Puerto Rico. It was there that Cabán Vale first became known as "El Topo" and where he published his first poems in a student literary review called "Guajana". In 1966 he graduated with a BA in arts and social science and began working as a teacher in the public school system. Wishing to touch people through his poetry, he began to write music during the 1970's to reach more people. Cabán even formed a band called "Taoné" that performed his compositions of poetry as music. Cabán was also a performer in that group and gained valuable experience as a singer during that time. As the "nueva canción" style washed over Puerto Rico, Cabán became a well noted composer. His simple yet inspirational verses enchanted listeners. Songs such as "Flor de amapola", "Qué bonita luna", and "Solina, Solina", helped give impetus to the nueva canción style of popular music, as well as to his own career and fame as a composer. His romantic melodies such as "Canción de los amantes" were popularized in many different versions.
Add to EJ Playlist Del compositor Juan José Hernández, Victoria nos presenta un tema que ya se ha convertido en todo un himno. Combinando la Salsa con elementos criollos, este tema está incluido en su mas reciente producción discográfica CRIOLLO CON SALSA. Disponible en www.victoriasan abria.net y en www.cdbaby.com
Add to EJ Playlist Andy Montañez and Pellin Rodriguez sing. Led by pianist and musical director Rafael Ithier (born: Rafael Ithier Eddie Perez), El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico is one of Puerto Rico's greatest dance bands. Four decades after their inception, the 13-piece salsa group continues to inspire dancers with its horn-punctuated Latin rhythms and lush vocal harmonies. Officially named "Ambassadors of Our Music" by the Puerto Rican Senate, El Gran Combo's many hits include such classics as "El Menu" and "Timablero." Their 1978 album, En Las Vegas sold more than one million copies, while its follow-up, In Alaska: Breaking the Ice was nominated for a Grammy. A longtime member of popular Latin band, Cortijo y Su Combo, Ithier formed El Gran Combo in 1962, with eight of his bandmates including percussionist, dancer, chorus singer, and salsa bandleader, Roberto Roena. The Puerto Rican release of the group's debut album, Acángana, recorded two days before the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, was delayed until it had already been released in Mexico, Panama, Venezuela, and the United States. El Gran Combo continued to expand its following in the early '60s, performing to enthusiastic crowds in New York, the Dominican Republic, Panama, Colombia, and Venezuela. In Puerto Rico, they appeared regularly on the popular television show, El Show de Las 12. El Gran Combo has gone through numerous personnel changes with only Ithier and alto saxophonist Eddie Perez remaining from the original group. Roena left in 1969 to form a new band, Roberta y Su Apollo Sound Roena, and vocalist Andy Montañez left to join Dimensión Latina, in 1977. Trumpet player Taty Maldonado passed away in 1991. Despite the loss of talented musicians and singers, El Gran Combo has continued to evolve. They added a trombone player and third vocalist in 1991 and continue to feature top-notch vocalists including Charlie Aponte, who joined in 1972, and Jerry Rivas, who replaced Montañez. As of July 2002, El Gran Combo features vocalists Charlie Aponte, Jerry Rivas, and Papo Rosario, trombone players Victor Rodriguez and Moises Nogueras, saxophonist Freddy Miranda, bassist Fred Rivera, and the rhythm section of Miguel Torres on congas, Domingo Santos on timbales, and Mitchell Laboy on bongos. ~ Craig Harris, Rovi
Add to EJ Playlist ...En la version de Victoria Sanabria con la orquesta PuertoRican Masters, bajo la conduccion de los maestros: Luis "perico" Ortiz y Elias Lopez
En esta version hay un contraste bien marcado. Las raices de Sanabria le da un toque "mas jibaro" y a la vez elegancia. Sanabria sorprende con su voz potente y modulada, por su soneo simple, rimado, elegante, enfatiza lo ecologico(tan de moda ahora).