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Posts Tagged ‘Joe Cuba’

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 (February 15, 2009) Joe Cuba / Father Of Latin Boogaloo

Posted by themusicsover on February 15, 2010

Joe Cuba (Born Gilberto Calderon)
April 22, 1931 – February 15, 2009

joe-cubaJoe Cuba was a Puerto Rican conga player who has been called the “Father of Latin Boogaloo.”  He began playing professionally when he was 19 years old, and 12 years later, made his first recording.  His career spanned nearly 60 years.  During the ’60s, Cuba became very popular in New York City after he started merging the R&B with Afro-Cuban percussion.  It became a style of music called Latin Boogaloo.  Joe Cuba died as the result of a bacterial infection on February 15, 2009.  He was 77 years old.

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El Alcalde del Barrio - Joe Cuba

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