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  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.

  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!!!!!!!
    QNPD.

  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

  18. JUST KIDDING EVERYONE LOVES HIM

  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:

    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

  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”?

    Thanks,
    Javier

  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!!!!!

  28. 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,

  29. ANGEL says:

    HECTOR LO MÁXIMO DESDE MI VENEZUELA QUERIDA DONDE SE ESCUCHA LA SALSA BRAVA

  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:

    -hårbølle,møn,dk-
    -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.

    Frances

  36. Lizette says:

    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!

  37. Leslie Holton-Mumenthaler says:

    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.

  38. Shilpa says:

    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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