His personality, style and the qualities of his voice led him to a successful artistic career in the whole field of Latin music and salsa during the s and s. The cleanness and brightness of his voice, coupled with impeccable diction and the ability to sing long and fast phrases with total naturalness, made him one of the favorite singers of the Latin public. During this period he was frequently featured as a guest singer with the Fania All Stars recording numerous tracks with the band.
After a short rehabilitation, he relapsed following the deaths of his father, son, and mother-in-law. His uncle was well known in Ponce as a tres player. One of a kind, his unique voice, refined and with impeccable diction, demanded attention. Upon arriving in New York he was met by his sister Priscilla. The lead vocalist was singing off key, and as a goodwill gesture, Lavoe demonstrated how it was supposed to sound.
Willie never officially asked Lavoe to join his band, but after the recording, said to him: "On Saturday we start at 10 p. With the sudden fame came love and lust and experimentation with marijuana, heroin, and cocaine.
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 lack of professionalism was often balanced by an affable onstage presence, very much resembling that of a stand-up comedian. Lavoe was given the opportunity to become the bandleader of his own orchestra.
One of the group's notable performances took place in the Kinshasa province of the Zaire modern day Democratic Republic of Congo where the group performed as part of the activities promoting The Rumble in the Jungle , a boxing fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman for the heavyweight championships of the World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association.
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 , where the band recorded a two volume production entitled Live at Yankee Stadium. The event featured the top vocalists of Fania and Vaya records.
Lavoe recorded songs with the band in fifteen different productions, serving as vocalist on twenty-three songs. Following his rehabilitation, Lavoe's life was plagued by tragic events, emotional turmoil, and pain.
In the same period, his apartment in Rego Park, Queens , was destroyed in a fire. Sales for the concert were poor, and promoter Rick Sostre decided to cancel the concert two hours before concert time. He was initially buried in Saint Raymond's Cemetery in the Bronx. In June , the remains of Lavoe and his son 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. Lavoe's life has inspired two biographical films. Carbonell noted that he would reconsider his involvement if production were to resume.
Who Killed Hector Lavoe? As soloist . Films . From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Puerto Rican salsa singer. Salsa bolero. A 30 second sample of "El Cantante, Lavoe's signature song.
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