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Died On This Date (February 8. 2012) Jimmy Sabater Sr. / Latin Music Great

Posted by themusicsover on February 8, 2012

Jimmy Sabater
April 11, 1936 – February 8, 2012

Photo by Victoria Will

Born and raised in Spanish Harlem area of New York City, Jimmy Sabater, Sr. took a liking to the Latin music he constantly heard in and around the neighborhood.  As a teenager, he was particularly moved by the what he heard coming from Tito Puente, Machito, and Willie Bobo, so he took up the timbales.  He was also possessed one of the smoothest voices Latin music has ever known.  By the mid ’50s, Sabater was part of a collective called the Joe Cuba Sextet who quickly found appreciative fans throughout the clubs of Harlem as well at resorts in upstate New York.  The group recorded several landmark albums over the next three decades including 1966’s Wanted Dead or Alive (Bang! Bang! Push Push Push) which was the first boogaloo album to sell over 1 million copies.  Sabater left Cuba’s band in 1977 and went on to sing and play for  Al Levy and Eddie Palmieri, among others.  He also released a handful of his own albums on the legendary Fania Records.   Jimmy Sabater Sr. was 75 when he died of natural causes on February 8, 2012.

Thanks to Eric Foss at Secret Stash Records for the assist.

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Wanted Dead or Alive - Bang! Bang! Push, Push, Push - Joe Cuba

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Died On This Date (March 22, 2008) Israel “Cachao” Lopez

Posted by themusicsover on March 22, 2010

Israel “Cachao” Lopez
September 14, 1918 – March 22, 2008


Mambo pioneer and Grammy winning bassist Cachao Lopez passed away on March 22, 2010 after falling ill from complications from kidney failure. He was 89.  Growing up in Cuba, Lopez moved to Spain in 1962 and then settled in New York City where he made his living playing with the leading Latin bands. It was here in America that he collaborated with the likes Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri and Gloria Estefan. In the 70s, he moved to Las Vegas where he performed at the casinos. An affinity for gambling forced him to leave the city or he otherwise might have lost everything. The 80s weren’t very kind to Lopez as he found himself in Miami playing small clubs and weddings. As the 90s hit however, he was back in vogue even winning a Grammy for his 1994 album Ahora Si!. Lopez died in the company of his family in Coral Gables, Florida.

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Ahora Si - Cachao

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