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Hector Lavoe

Héctor Juan Pérez Martínez (September 30, 1946 – June 29, 1993),[3] better known as Héctor Lavoe, was a Puerto Rican salsa singer.[4] Lavoe is considered to be possibly the best and most important singer and interpreter in the history of the Salsa music because it helped to establish the popularity of this musical genre in the decades of 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Whose personality, style and qualities of his voice led him to a successful artistic career in the whole field of Latin music and salsa during the 1970s and 1980s. The cleanness and brightness of his voice coupled with impeccable diction and the quality to sing long and fast phrases with total naturalness, made him one of the favorite singers of the Latin public.[5][6]

Lavoe was born and raised in the Machuelo Abajo barrio of Ponce, Puerto Rico. Early in his life, he attended the Ponce Free School of Music known today as the Instituto de Música Juan Morel Campos,[7] and, inspired by Jesús Sánchez Erazo, developed an interest in music.[8] He moved to New York City on 3 May 1963, at the age of sixteen.[8] Shortly after his arrival, he worked as the singer in a sextet formed by Roberto García.[8] 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,[9] 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.[9] 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.[8]

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.[3] These events, along with being diagnosed with HIV, drove Lavoe to attempt suicide by jumping off a Condado hotel room balcony in San Juan PR.[3] He survived the attempt and recorded an album before his health began failing. Lavoe died on June 29, 1993, from a complication of AIDS.[8]

Early life

Héctor was born September 30,1946 in Ponce, Puerto Rico, to Francisca (Pachita) Martínez and Luis Pérez, and raised in the Machuelo Abajo barrio of the city.[10] 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.[10] His mother Francisca, also known as Pachita, was well known by her family and townspeople for her beautiful singing voice.[10] 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.[11] 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.[10] Later in his life, he would record songs with both artists.

Héctor attended the local Juan Morel Campos Public School of Music where the first instrument he learned to play was the saxophone. His classmates included José Febles and multi-instrumentalist Papo Lucca.[12] One of his teachers was very strict and demanded that he practice good diction and manners, and have a strong stage presence. He felt Héctor would become a superstar as a bolero singer. From the start Héctor was a star with exceptional charisma, talent, and charm. One of a kind, his unique voice, refined and with impeccable diction, demanded attention. Well on his way to becoming a popular-music vocalist, he began frequenting clubs such as Segovia, where he sang accompanied by his childhood friends, Roberto García and José Febles.[11] At age 17, Lavoe abandoned school and sang with a ten-piece band.[9] He moved permanently to New York on May 3, 1963, against his father's wishes, as an older brother had moved there and later died of a drug overdose.[13][14] It would take many years before Héctor was able to reconcile with his father.

Arrival in New York City

Upon arriving in New York he was met by his sister Priscilla.[15] The first thing he did was visit El Barrio, New York's "Spanish Harlem."[15] Héctor was disappointed by the condition of El Barrio which he had envisioned would have "fancy Cadillacs, tall marble skyscrapers and tree-lined streets."[15] Hector tried to earn a living as a painter, messenger, porter and concierge.[11]

One day he reconnected with his friend Roberto García. They began to frequent Latin music and dance clubs in the Bronx, Spanish Harlem, and Lower Manhattan. In 1965, Héctor met Russell Cohen, who fronted the New Yorkers the band Héctor would first record with - the album Está de bala.[11] Héctor was invited by his friend Roberto García, a fellow musician and childhood friend, to a rehearsal of a newly formed sextet.[15] When he arrived, they were rehearsing the romantic bolero "Tus Ojos". The lead vocalist was singing off key, and as a goodwill gesture, Lavoe demonstrated how it was supposed to sound.[15] As a result of this selfless act, the group offered him the job of lead vocalist, which he subsequently accepted.[15]

Later in his career he joined other salsa groups 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.[15]

In 1967, he met salsa musician and bandleader Willie Colón. 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."[16]

The album's success significantly transformed both Colón's and Lavoe's lives.[15] 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.[15] The album was a massive multimillion-dollar success in France, Panama, Colombia and other countries.[11] Héctor received instant recognition, steady work, and enough money to provide him with a comfortable lifestyle.[15] 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.[11]

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."[17] Lavoe's first son, José Alberto Pérez, was born on October 30, 1968.[17] 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.[17] Héctor's second son, Héctor Pérez Jr. was born on September 25, 1969.[17] Following the birth the couple married, and at Román's request, Lavoe had only minimum contact with Castro and José Alberto during their marriage.[17]


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.[18]

Lavoe's lack of professionalism was often balanced by an affable onstage presence, very much resembling that of a stand-up comedian.[19] 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.[19] 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!"[19]

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.[citation needed]

Lavoe goes solo

Héctor Lavoe, as soloist, undated

In 1973, Willie Colón stopped touring to dedicate himself to record production and other business enterprises. Lavoe was given the opportunity to become the bandleader of his own orchestra.[8] He and his band traveled the world on their own, and he would also be a guest singer with the Fania All-Stars for several shows. One of the group's notable performances took place in the Kinshasa province of the Zaire (Peoples 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.[20]

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. 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.[8] 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 on Mexican charts for four straight months. It was also a strong hit in several Caribbean countries and South America.[12]
  • 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[21] and that Lavoe's performance was much better than what he would accomplish with it.[citation needed]
  • The Lavoe song "Bandolera" was a strong seller in Puerto Rico, despite vigorous protests from Puerto Rican feminists about its lyrics and soneos - Lavoe twice offers the song's subject a beating.[12]
  • Lavoe's recording of the Nicolás Guillén poem "Sóngoro Cosongo", set to salsa music, was another major hit.[17]
  • 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. Another major Christmas hit on Billboard Greatest Hits for Tropical genre in 1979 includes a song from singer/composer Miguel Poventud "Una Pena En La Navidad" from the same album titled Feliz Navidad.[12]
  • 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.[22][23] Lavoe followed the Santeria priest's advice and cut all communication with his family and friends for a period of two months.[23] Following this recording Héctor, reappeared confident and apparently free of his drug addiction.[23]

Last years and death

Following his rehabilitation, Lavoe's life was plagued by tragic events, emotional turmoil, and pain.[23] Both his mother-in-law and father died, and his seventeen-year-old son Héctor Jr. was accidentally shot and killed by a friend. Lavoe was also diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. These events would pull him to the limit.[23] 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.[3] 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.[3] The next day, June 26, 1988, Héctor's second attempted suicide by jumping off the ninth floor of the Regency Hotel Condado in Puerto Rico.[16] 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, and destroy his body.[3]

In 1990, Héctor gave his last large, public performance with the Fania All Stars at the Meadowlands in New Jersey.[15] It was meant to be his comeback concert, but Héctor could not even sing a few notes of his famous song "Mi Gente".[15] 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.[24]

Héctor died on June 29, 1993, at St. Clare's Hospital in Manhattan, in New York City. The cause of death was diagnosed as cardiac arrest “a complication caused by AIDS, and his wreckless behavior was also a contributing factor of death". He was 46.[8] He was initially buried in a plot in Saint Raymond's Cemetery in the Bronx. 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. His remains are at the Cementerio Civil de Ponce (Ponce Civil Cemetery), in that city's Barrio Segundo neighborhood.[25]


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).[26] 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.[27] 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.[28]

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.[29] It starred singer Domingo Quiñones in the lead role.[30] 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.[28][31] An urban tribute album was released in late 2007 performed by several reggaeton artists such as Don Omar which sampled Lavoe's voice.[32]

In Ponce, he is recognized at the Park for the Illustrious Ponce Citizens.[33] Lavoe was posthumously inducted into the International Latin Music Hall of Fame in 2000.[34]

La Guancha Recreational and Cultural Complex in his hometown of Ponce, Puerto Rico, honored Hector with a statue. The $60,000 statue is 2 meters (6 1/2 feet) tall, weighs 1 ton and portrays Lavoe with a microphone in his right hand and a pair of maracas in his left.[35]

Tremont Avenue in the New York City's Borough of The Bronx was renamed in his honor, and remembrance.[36]


Studio albums

As vocalist of the Willie Colón Orchestra[37]

As soloist[38]

Other albums

With Tito Puente

  • Homenaje a Beny Moré Vol. 2 (1979)
    • song: "Donde Estabas Tú"
  • Homenaje a Beny Moré Vol. 3 (1985)
    • song: "Tumba Tumbador"

With the Fania All Stars

Lavoe also sang chorus on three songs of Mon Rivera's album with Willie Colón, 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).



  • Our Latin Thing (1972)
  • Salsa (1976)
  • Live In Africa (1986)


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  18. ^ "Willie Colón/Hector Lavoe - Asalto Navideño". , 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.
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  24. ^ Pareles, Jon (1992-04-26). "Review/Music; Mambo Becomes King On Mondays at S.O.B.'s". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-04-10. 
  25. ^ Aplauden y sonean en honor a Lavoe. Carmen Cila Rodríguez. La Perla del Sur. Ponce, Puerto Rico. 12 October 2011. Retrieved 12 October 2011.
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  27. ^ "The Singer". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved 2007-07-09. 
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  30. ^ THEATER REVIEW; Out-of-It, Arrogant And a Salsa Legend from the New York Times July 27, 1999
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External links

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hector_Lavoe


  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



  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!!


  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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. Yvette Ramos says:

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

  15. Andres Ladislao says:

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

  16. 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!!!!!!!!!!

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


  19. 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 !

  20. […] 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 […]

  21. andres ramos says:

    el mejor de los cantantes

  22. Francisco La Puerta says:


  23. Javier Martinez says:

    Hi All,

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


  24. 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!!!

  25. Edgardo Cruz says:

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

  26. Mary Ann Negron says:

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

  27. marcela says:

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



  29. ANGEL says:


  30. Alex Cuesta says:

    “Es el que todo lo sabe..y todo lo ve..”
    Le doy gracias a Dios por prestarnos esa
    Hermosa voz y espiruto..me imaginolo cantando
    Allá en cielo.

  31. Lupe Martinez says:

    I was very intrigued today when I seen this movie. I don’t understand what he’s singing but I loved how they translated the songs. Beautiful music… I wish I was born during his time. He truly was an amazing artist.

  32. Carlos M. says:

    Just A friendly comment, like Hector I am also from Ponce Puerto Rico, Hector lived his dream of singing and bringing joy to all and was willing to sacrifice all including himself. While chasing his dream like many got caught in the whirlwind of the scene that was New York City in the 70’s. Even the star’s in the sky have to burn out sometime it the way of the universe and he shined for Puerto Rico and for Latinos. Peace ( MI GENTE )!

  33. bent jørgensen says:

    -vi så filmen “king of salsa”, om sangeren hector lalavoe igår aftes, og var helt slået omkuld–pragtfuld sang og musik med en sanger som vi, undskyld, ikke anede eksistensen af, så det må vi rette op på nu–men tragisk når stofferne kan ødelægge talenterne, som man har set så ofte før, det er i sandhed en høj pris at betale, også for omgivelserne, hans familie og venner–vi blev i tvivl, om det var skuespilleren marc anthony der sang i filmen, eller om det var “play back”, med hector lavoes stemme, men det finder vi nok ud af–denne film vil vi anbefale til vores venner!–bent jørgensen-

  34. salsalover says:

    I grew up in America in a black household, and we listened to Hector’s music along with all the Fania and Cotique artists and others. I have such a love for this music, and this man in particular. Hector was the very best. His voice was the first “cantante” I ever heard and it has moved me my whole life.

    The amount of pain and tragedy he experienced seemed so unjust for someone who brought so much beauty, love, and happiness to the world with his music. That movie was a travesty and did nothing to capture the greatness and endearing qualities of this immensely gifted man. I am happy his music is here to tell his story forever. I have been listening to him for 30+ years and will continue to for the rest of my life.

  35. frances garcia-newsome says:

    Hector Lavoe is still alive in the hearts of those, like me, who danced to his music n saw him live. No singer can EVER replace him. Right now I m listening to “Que cante mi gente” n m moved by his gift of song, gift of pride as a jibaro! Love u Hector – always.


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    I am newly introduced to Hector Lavoe and I have been mind blown!! Ni soy Boricua – soy Mexicana! So much talent so much emotion. I can honestly say his songs brought tears to my eyes. You feel his pain and joy in his voice – this is what GOOD music is made of. Aguanile really struck home to me. I will teach my future children of his music. This is how music legends never die. Que Viva Siempre Lavoe!

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    I am thrilled tolearn of Hector Perez Lavoe after warching the movie El Cantante with Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez . I am a Black American with Latina roots both Puerto Rican and Mexican . I have always loved latin music and in particular, Salsa.I have been afan of Willie Colon for years and once saw him live . I may have heard Hectors’ voice before and not known who he was . I must say I can relate to his addictive personality for I once was addicted to powder cocaine and my sister passed recently after being addicted to alcohol and heroin for many years .I must give a shout out to Cinemax for showing the movie all this month of December with out them I may have never learned of Hector Lavoe. I am now a true fan.

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    Hector, your essence and music will live on for eras to come! I too am fixated on your music and your YouTube recordings. Que viva el cantante de Los cantantes! http://www.shilpamalhotra.com/

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