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Héctor Lavoe

Background information
Birth name: Héctor Juan Pérez Martínez
Also known as: El Cantante de los Cantantes
Born: September 30, 1946 (1946-09-30) in Ponce, Puerto Rico
Died: June 29, 1993 (aged 46) in Manhattan, New York City
Genre(s): Salsa
Years active: 1968—1993
Label(s): Fania Records
Website: http://www.hectorlavoe.com/

Summary

Héctor Juan Pérez Martínez (September 30, 1946 – June 29, 1993) 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 seventeen years old. On his first week living in the city, he worked as the vocalist of 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 and performed as the band vocalist. With the Willie Colón band, Lavoe recorded several hit songs, including El malo and Canto a Borinquen. While working with the Willie Colón band, Lavoe became addicted to drugs and began to habitually be late when scheduled to perform with the band. Colón eventually decided to not work with Hector on stage but they still remained good friends and made music in the studio together. Lavoe moved on to become a soloist and formed his own band, where he performed as lead vocalist. As a soloist Lavoe recorded several hits including El cantante, Bandolera and El periódico de ayer (‘El Cantante’ was composed by Ruben Blades, ‘Bandolera’ by Colón and ‘Periódico’ by Tite Curet Alonso.) During this period he was frequently featured as an invited vocalist in the Fania All Stars, and recorded numerous tracks with the band.

In 1979, Lavoe underwent a deep depression and sought the help of a high priest (of the Santeria faith) to attend 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, affected Lavoe to the point of attempting suicide by jumping off the balcony of a hotel room. Lavoe survived and recorded an album before his health began failing. Lavoe died in June 29, 1993, from a complication of AIDS.

Early life

Héctor was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico to Pachita and Luis Pérez, and raised in the Machuelito 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 often went from vocal conflict to physical confrontations. His uncle was a well-known tres player in Ponce. His mother Pachita was well known among 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. Héctor would also be influenced by Puerto Rican singers such as Jesus Sanchez 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 have the honor of recording songs with both artists.

Héctor attended the local Juan Morel Campos Public School of Music where the saxophone was the first instrument he learned to play. Among his classmates were Jose Febles and multi-instrumentalist Papo Lucca. One of his teachers would strictly demand good diction, stage presence and manners from him claiming that as a bolero singer, Héctor would become a superstar. By the age of 17, Lavoe abandoned school and sang with a ten-piece band. He moved permanently to New York on May 3, 1963, against his father’s wishes, since an older brother had moved to the city and later died of a drug overdose. It would take many more years before Héctor was able to reconcile with his father.

Arrival in New York City

He was met by his sister Priscilla upon arrival in New York. The first thing he did in New York was visit El Barrio, New York’s “Spanish Harlem.” Héctor was disappointed in the condition of El Barrio which contrasted with his vision of “fancy Cadillacs, tall marble skyscrapers and tree-lined streets.” Hector stayed at his sister’s apartment in The Bronx, instead.

The first week in New York, Héctor was invited by his friend Roberto García, a fellow musician and childhood friend, to a rehearsal of a newly formed sextet. When he arrived they were rehearsing the romantic bolero Tus Ojos. The lead vocalist was singing off key, and as a gesture of goodwill, Lavoe showed the vocalist how it was supposed to sound. Following this event, the group offered him the spot of lead vocalist, which he subsequently accepted.

Later in his career, he joined other groups in the genre, including Orquesta New York, Kako All-Stars, and Johnny Pacheco. To distinguish Héctor from other Latino singers, a former manager made him adopt Felipe Rodriguez’s moniker “La Voz” (“The Voice”) and turned it into a stage name, Lavoe.

In 1967, he met Salsa musician & bandleader Willie Colón. Pacheco, co-owner of Fania Records and its recording musical director, suggested that Colón record Lavoe on a track of Colón’s first album El Malo. Given the good results, Colón had Lavoe record the rest of the album’s vocal tracks. Willie never officially asked Lavoe to join his band, but after the recording, Willie 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. 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 the sudden success.

During that year Lavoe started a romantic relationship with Carmen Castro. Castro 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. On the night when José was baptized, Héctor received a call informing him that Nilda “Puchi” Roman (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 this event, the couple married, and following a request by Roman, Lavoe kept the amount of contact with Castro and José Alberto to a minimum during their marriage.

The Willie Colón years

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. The album, which also featured Puerto Rican cuatro player Yomo Toro, is regarded as an all-time salsa classic, still selling strong more than 35 years after its recording. It also gave the Colón band its signature song, “La Murga”, an ode to Panama’s musical festivals that transposed a rather simple bass guitar line to trombone, producing a by-now classic salsa riff as a result.

While enjoying his newly found success, Héctor became severely addicted to narcotics, namely heroin, and prescription drugs. His addiction resulted in him showing up late for gigs, and he eventually did not show up to some scheduled performances at all. Although Colón would eventually cut ties with him, he tried to help Lavoe seek assistance to try to quit his drug habits.

Lavoe’s lack of professionalism was often neutralized by an affable onstage presence, very much resembling that of a stand-up comedian. Another famous incident has a middle-aged audience member at a dance request a Puerto Rican danza from Colón’s band, to which 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 in 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 in a live version Lavoe later recorded with the Fania All Stars.

Lavoe goes solo

In 1973, Willie Colón stopped touring to dedicate himself to record production and other business enterprises. Lavoe was given the opportunity of becoming bandleader to his own orchestra; he and his band traveled the world on their own, and he would also be a guest singer for the Fania All-Stars. As part of these invitations, Lavoe was present at several shows with the group. One of the group’s notable presentations took place in the Kinshasa providence of the Democratic Republic of the 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 in 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. The event featured the top vocalists in 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 in fifteen different productions with the band serving as vocalist in 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:

* Lavoe’s recording of Tite Curet Alonso’s “El Periódico de Ayer” was a number one hit in Mexican charts for four straight months. It was also a strong hit in several countries of the Caribbean and South America.
* As a producer, Willie Colón had Lavoe record what would become his signature song, the Ruben Blades-authored song “El Cantante” against Blades’ protests (Blades wanted to record the song on his own.). Blades has repeatedly acknowledged since then that, Lavoe raised his song to classic status and that Lavoe’s performance was much better than what he would accomplish with it.
* The Lavoe song “Bandolera” was a strong seller in Puerto Rico, despite strong protests from Puerto Rican feminists about its lyrics and soneos (Lavoe twice offers the song’s subject a beating).
* Lavoe’s recording of the Nicolás Guillén poem “Sóngoro Cosongo”, set to salsa music, was another major hit.
* The controversial jíbaro song, “Joven contra viejo”, featured Lavoe and Daniel Santos settling their age-based differences on-stage not without a heavy dose of humor and (yet again) Yomo Toro’s cuatro music as a backdrop. It was a major Christmas hit in Puerto Rico in 1979 which included a song from singer/composer Miguel Poventud/Pier Music/ “Una Pena En La Navidad”.
* Lavoe’s final hit, “El Rey de la Puntualidad” (The King of Punctuality), is a humorous takeoff on Lavoe’s constant tardiness and occasional absenteeism from shows.

Last years and posthumous homages

In 1978, Lavoe was being consumed by deep depression and was contemplating suicide. Looking for a way to rehabilitate himself, Héctor consulted a Babalao (high priest in the Santeria religion) who recommended complete isolation. Lavoe followed the Santeria priest’s advice and cut all communication with his family and friends for a period of two months. Following this event Héctor, reappeared confident and apparently free of his drug addiction.

Following his rehabilitation, Lavoe’s life was plagued by tragic events, emotional turmoil, and pain. His mother-in-law and father died, and his seventeen year old son Hector, Jr. was accidentally shot by a friend. Also, Lavoe was diagnosed with HIV, the virus that progresses to AIDS, and these events were enough to push him to his limit.

On the night of Saturday, June 25, 1988, Héctor was scheduled to perform at the Rubén Rodríguez Coliseum in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Sales for the concert were low, and Ralph Mercado who was the promoter of the event 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 in front of the public who had paid to see the now canceled concert.

The next day, on June 26, 1988, Héctor attempted to commit suicide by jumping off the ninth floor of the Regency Hotel Condado in Puerto Rico. No reason for this was ever determined. He survived the attempt, but from that day forward, he would never completely recover as AIDS began to ravage his body due to the use of intravenous drugs and shared needles.

In 1990, Hector performed for the last time (and with the Fania All Stars) in New Jersey. It was to be a comeback concert, but Hector could not even sing a few notes of his famous song “Mi Gente”. This was his last public performance.

Héctor died in poverty on June 29, 1993, at a hospital in New York City. The cause of death was diagnosed as “a complication caused by AIDS.” He was initially buried in a plot in Saint Raymond’s Cemetery in the Bronx. In June 2002, the bodies of both Lavoe and his son (who died in 1987) were exhumed per his family’s request. They were reburied in his native Ponce, along with his wife Nilda who had passed away a few weeks before.

Posthumous recognitions

Lavoe’s life has served as inspiration for two Biographical films. The first, El Cantante, is produced by two of the most prominent celebrities in the musical genre: salsa artist Marc Anthony, stars as Lavoe, and Jennifer Lopez as Hector’s wife, Nilda (known as “Puchi” by close friends). Salsa singer La India was also producing her own biopic of Lavoe’s life, entitled The Singer, with actor Raul Carbonell in the lead role. This movie’s production was suspended in August 2008, after the director, Anthony Felton, reported that the budget destined for the project had reached its limit. In response, Carbonell noted that he would reconsider his involvement in the production if the work is resumed.

Besides these films, an off-Broadway production of his 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 distantiate himself from the film was directly influenced by his involvement in a tour of Quien Mato a Héctor Lavoe? in Puerto Rico, which was undergoing negotiations to be presented in Peru and Colombia. An urban tribute album was released in late 2007 and was performed by several reggaeton artists such as Don Omar while resampling Lavoe’s voice.

Discography

As vocalist of the Willie Colón Orchestra

* El Malo (1967)
* The Hustler (1968)
* Guisando (1968)
* Cosa Nuestra (1969)
* La Gran Fuga (1970)
* Asalto Navideño (1971)
* El Juicio (1972)
* Asalto Navideño Vol. 2 (1973)
* Lo Mato (Si No Compra Este LP) (1973)
* Willie (1974)
* The Good, The Bad, The Ugly (1975)
* Déjà vu (1978)
* Vigilante (1983)

Soloist

Hector Lavoe’s album, “La Voz”

* La Voz (1975)
* De Ti Depende (1976)
* Comedia (1978)
* Feliz Navidad (1979) (with Daniel Santos & Yomo Toro)
* Recordando a Felipe Pirela (1979)
* El Sabio (1980)
* Que Sentimiento (1981)
* Revento (1985)
* Strikes Back (1987)
* The Master & The Protege with Van Lester (1993)
* Live! (1997)
* Tu Bien Lo Sabes* (With Lavoe’s never before released song “Tu Bien Lo Sabes”) (2001)
* Mi Regreso: Hector Lavoe Live at Club Borinquen (2005)

With Tito Puente

* Homenaje a Beny Moré Vol. 2 (1979) song: “Donde Estabas Tú”
* Homenaje a Beny Moré Vol. 3 (1985) song: “Tumba Tumbador”

The Fania All Stars

* Live at the Red Garter Vol.2 (1967) song: “Noche” with Pete “El Conde” Rodríguez, Ismael Miranda, & Adalberto Santiago
* Live At The Cheetah Vol. 1 (1972) song: “Quítate Tu” with: Adalberto Santiago, Ismael Miranda, Pete “El Conde” Rodriguez, Santos Colon and Johnny Pacheco.
* Live At The Cheetah Vol. 2 (1972) song: “Que Barbaridad” with Ismael Miranda.
* Fania All Stars: Our Latin Thing-Soundtrack (1972) song: “Quítate Tu” with: Adalberto Santiago, Ismael Miranda, Pete “El Conde” Rodríguez, Santos Colon and Johnny Pacheco.
* Fania All Stars Live at Yankee Stadium Vol. 1*(1975) song: “Mi Gente” recorded live at the inauguration concert of Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan Puerto Rico 1974.
* Fania All Stars Live at Yankee Stadium Vol. 2* (1975) song: “Congo Bongo” with Cheo Feliciano. Recorded live at the inauguration concert of Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan Puerto Rico 1974.*One of the 100 most important recordings of the 20 century by the U.S. Congress Library.
* Salsa, Original Motion Picture Sound Track Recording (1976) song: “Mi Gente” recorded live at the inauguration concert of Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan Puerto Rico 1974.
* Tribute To Tito Rodríguez (1976) songs: “Cuando, Cuando, Cuando” and “Vuela La Paloma” with Santos Colon, Ismael Quintana, Ismael Miranda, Justo Betancourt, Bobby Cruz, Pete “El Conde” Rodríguez & Cheo Feliciano.
* Fania All Stars Live (1978) song: “Saca Tu Mujer” with Ismael Quintana, Santos Colon, Ismael Miranda, Cheo Feliciano, Celia Cruz & Justo Betancourt) Recorded Live at Madison Square Garden, New York, United States.
* Habana Jam (1979) song: “Mi Gente / Barbarazo” with Wilfrido Vargas. Recorded Live at Karl Marx Theater, La Habana Cuba, March 3, 1979.
* Commitment (1980) song: “Ublabadu”.
* Latin Connection (1981) song: “Semilla de Amor”.
* Lo Que Pide La Gente (1984) songs: “El Rey De La Puntualidad”, “Por Eso Yo Canto Salsa” and “Usando El Coco” with Cali Aleman, Ismael Quintana, Ismael Miranda, Adalberto Santiago, Pete “El Conde” Rodríguez & Celia Cruz.
* Viva La Charanga (1986) songs: “Me Voy Pa’ Morón”, “Isla Del Encanto” & “Guajira Con Tumbao” with Ismael Miranda, Pete “El Conde” Rodríguez and Cali Aleman.
* Bamboleo (1988) song: “Siento”.

Lavoe also sang chorus on three songs of Mon Rivera’s album with Willie Colón, “Se Chavó El Vecindario / There Goes The Neighborhood” (1974), and in the song “Las Cadenas de Chuíto” on Jesús Sanchez Erazo’s album “Música Jíbara para las Navidades” (1978, re-released in 2000)

Films

* Fania All Stars: Our Latin Thing
* Fania All Stars: Salsa
* Celia Cruz with the Fania All Stars Live In Africa. Recorded live at Kinshasa, Zaire as part of the concerts of “The Rumble in the Jungle” fight between Muhammad Ali & George Foreman.

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34 Comments »

  1. I am thrilled to see this website. I discovered Hector LaVoe 3 1/2 years ago after hearing the “El Cantante” soundtrack, and then seeing the movie. I am obsessed with him! I have about 15 albums of his, and continuously play them in my car even though I can’t understand the words…I only wish I could understand the Spanish messages that are on this website. Keep up the good work.

  2. Mari says:

    I’m 36 years old and I remember growing up my parents listening and singing to Hector Lavoe and Fania, Ruben Blades, Ismael Miranda, El Gran Combo, Wiilie Colon my parents have passed away and I now listen to them, brings back so many memories of them and my childhood. Thank you for all the great music.

  3. Jassie says:

    I never listened to this singer as a young person or an adult. I have always liked the sounds of salsa music, and was somewhat limited to the tunes of NYC. I’ve heard of the singer, and my only thought of him pre the JHO and Marc movie was that he was big, a big time salsa singer-revered and respected in his genre. I of course was eager to see this movie, expecting a lifetime/oprah kind of movie something uplifting, inspiring, a rags-to-riches story only to see a portrayal of a ghetto classless woman with a drug addicted, HIV stricken man who lived and died miserably and oh yeah he was talented. FYI to celebrities: You too will have your day, the day that you are gone and I’m sure JHO wants to be remembered for more than just being a HO with a big ass and a stint in the criminal justice system vis-a-vis the possession charge.. Yes, incidentally I happened to be working in the DAs office at the time, and it was all the buzz that she and P-Diddy were picked up and booked!!

  4. angelica blanco says:

    es una pagina magnifica es la forma de recordar a unos de los mejores cantantes que ha dado este mundo que aunque para muchos es un drogadicto deberían de tomarse el trabajo de escucharlo para saber que era un genio de la salsa y que al lado de willie y ruben y todos los que estuvieron con el hicieron de la salsa lo mejor soy colombiana y en mi pais la salsa nos representa

  5. adela says:

    I don’t need to see the movie because Hector hide nothing from the public and why would i listen to Marc Anthony when i can still listen to Hector and he was better looking too, in those days the majority took drugs because we really didn’t know how terrible it was really………and when we think about Hector is because of his music and how nice he was , i get sad when i think of his final days and when i think of his final days and listen to his music i get happy i guess we all feel the same way—–i only hope that only his close family is making money from Hector this days like his son and nobody else

  6. FERNANDO SEGURA says:

    UNA VOZ COMO LA DE HECTOR LAVOE NO SE APAGAR JAMAS Y SIRVE DE INSPIRACION PARA LAS NUEVAS GENERACIONES… VIVA EN EL CIELO Y EN NUESTROS CORAZONES EL CANTANTE DE LOS CANTANTES….Y SUS EXITOS..
    PANAMEÑA
    EL DIA DE MI SUERTE
    AUSENCIA
    EL CANTANTE
    LA MURGA DE PANAMA
    CHE CHE COLE
    AGUANILE
    ESCARCHA
    TRISTE Y VACIA
    TODO PODEROSO
    EL REY DE LA PUNTUALIDAD Y MUCHOS EXISTO MAS…… QUE VIVA LA SALSA Y QUE VIVA AMERICA LATINA

  7. Ismael Rodriguez says:

    Hector, your presence and music will live on for generations to come! I too am obsessed with your music and your YouTube videos. Que viva el cantante de Los cantantes!

  8. German Padilla says:

    I’m very glad to visit this website. Actually I was finalizing my paper for my class tonight in which we have to pick an artist and the impact they made with music. I picked Hector Lavoe because it is what I grew up with and still listen to today. His style and message although controversial at times, they are all great. As a matter of a fact, I’m listening to him right now just so I can get myself pumped for the presentation I have to do tonight!!

    “HOY TE DEDICO MIS MEJORES PREGONES!!”

  9. Lica says:

    My mothers luv for salsa is how I grew up lovn it as well I mem waking up saturday mornings to Hector Celia Sonora poncenia Etc & the vacum I mem my mom gettn dolled up in her fav salsa dresses excited as can be 2 go c these amazing stars at Ceasars in S.F ca Im so blessed that I got 2 at least c.Celia live I hav passed the love of salsa 2 my kids Salsa will nev b as bad a#$ as it was then I will always listen 2 it It will nev get old The closest my gen got 2 good salsa was La India Marc A Luis Enrique Nothing gets ppl moving like salsa :)

  10. Jack says:

    I started going to Salsa clubs in the S.F, Bay Area in the Early 80′s. Hectors music was the most requested, and I was blessed to see him play at Caesars Latin Palace in San Francisco. Through his music, I was influenced to learn to play the conga drums, and timbales. I would not be the musician I am today, if it hadn’t been for Hector. God Keep You Always El Cantante

  11. Angelica says:

    I grew up listening to his music with my uncles,and never get tired of his songs,he was the best of the best,I’ll always remember you,HECTOR LAVOE,you will always live in my heart.

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  14. jia says:

    I too do not understand the words but this man was obviously born to sing & i remain forever mesmerized by his music.Makes me wish i was around in the 70′s at his peek.R.I.P Hector.

  15. Rafael Núñez says:

    FELICIDADES!!! por este citio de esta manera H.L nunca morira y estara con nosotros,con los hijos de nuestros hijos y lo recordaran x siempre!!! Arriba Hector sos el grande..el cantante de los cantantes

  16. Yvette Ramos says:

    I wish I had been born in his time to have to opportunity to meet him in person.

  17. Andres Ladislao says:

    Una excelente página dedicada al Sr. Pérez!!!!! Y se hará un gran homenaje en su fecha de muerte. Viva Héctor Lavoe!!!!!!!
    QNPD.

  18. hector lavoe lives in our hearts and we will never forget him hes amazing and he didnt deserve all that pain.but his legacy lives on and hes a person that u would never foget about hes a salsa all star and hes the best cantante that has ever lived hes im my heart and hes amazing.GO PUERTO RICO!!!!!!!!!!

  19. for u people that dont like him go to heaven

  20. JUST KIDDING EVERYONE LOVES HIM

  21. Nelson Rubal says:

    Yo conocí a HL con el film de Marc, excelente film by the way, y nada, estoy obsesionado con su música sus videos etc, muchas gracias por esta web, soy cubano y la salsa nos gusta mucho !

  22. [...] how his life is supposed to be a party all the time but it isn’t, he feels pain and when you read up on him a bit you can see that he did indeed have real [...]

  23. andres ramos says:

    el mejor de los cantantes

  24. Francisco La Puerta says:

    HECTOR WAS A VERY HUMBLE MAN GREAT SINGER AND ABOVE ALL A REAL JIBARO AND PROUD OF IT AND NEVER DENIED IT.LOVED PUERTO RICO

  25. Javier Martinez says:

    Hi All,

    Does anyone know where I can buy the glasses Hector is wearing in the album cover “De Ti Depende”?

    Thanks,
    Javier

  26. DANIEL says:

    Crecí con su música que desde niño escuchaba con mis padres y en mi ciudad (Veracruz) era un icono de la Salsa. Hace poco vi las dos versiones de las películas que hicieron de su vida y me aficioné aun más a su música, a su manera de interpretar, sus inspiraciones, en fin. Para mi Héctor Lavoe o Hector Juan Pérez (el jibarito de Ponce, P.R.)sigue y seguirá estando vivo en los corazones de sus fans y seguidores amantes de la salsa brava, la de barrio. Aunque sufrió tremendamente me hubiera gustado que Papá Dios nos lo hubiera dejado muchos años más. Dios lo mantenga en su gloria!!!

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  30. Edgardo Cruz says:

    Lo mejor de lo mejor como cantante.hector es y seguira siendo el cantante.

  31. Mary Ann Negron says:

    Very informative site, you’ve done the man man proud!

  32. Mary Ann Negron says:

    Sorry for the typo!

  33. marcela says:

    sin palabras!!!!!! hector lavoe es lo maximo!!!!!

  34. WILLIAM DELGADO says:

    HECTOR LAVOE FUE EL DURO DE LA SALSA, EL VACAN, EL NICHE, CON TEMAS COMO MI GENTE, EL REY DE LA PUNTUALIDAD,EL CANTANTE, GRACIAS POR TODOS ESAS MELODIAS ELEGANTES QUE NOS DELJASTE, CADA VEZ QUE OIGO LA MUSICA DE HECTOR LAVOE ME EMOCIONO MUCHO ES COMO SI ME INYECTARAN NUEVA SANGRE A MI CUERPO, SIEMPRE FUISTE EL AS DE LA SALSA,TU FAN PERIQUITO PIN PIN DESDE COLOMBIA, SIEMPRE TE RECORDARE,

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