Héctor Lavoe

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Legal name: Héctor Juan Pérez Martínez

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Héctor Juan Pérez Martínez (September 30, 1946 – June 29, 1993), better known as Héctor Lavoe, was a Puerto Rican salsa singer. .

Lavoe was born and raised in the Machuelo Abajo sector of Ponce, Puerto Rico. Early in his life, he attended the Ponce Free School of Music, today the Instituto de Música Juan Morel Campos, and developed an interest inspired by Jesús Sánchez Erazo. He moved to New York City on 3 May 1963, when he was almost 17 years old. On his first week living in the city, he worked as the singer 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". Lavoe moved on to become a soloist and formed his own band, where he performed as lead vocals. As a soloist Lavoe recorded several hits including "El cantante", "Bandolera" and "Periódico de ayer" ("El Cantante" was composed by Rubén Blades, "Bandolera" by Colón and "Periódico" by Tite Curet Alonso.) During this period he was frequently featured as guest singer for 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 Santería 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 on June 29, 1993, from a complication of AIDS.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1975 La Voz Héctor Lavoe 3
1976 De Ti Depende Héctor Lavoe 2
1978 Comedia Héctor Lavoe 1
1979 Homenaje a Felipe Pirela Héctor Lavoe 1
1979 Recordando a Felipe Pirela Héctor Lavoe 1
1980 El Sabio Héctor Lavoe 2
1981 Que Sentimiento Héctor Lavoe 1
1985 Revento Héctor Lavoe 1
1987 Strikes Back Héctor Lavoe 1
El Cantante Héctor Lavoe 1
The Master & The Protege Héctor Lavoe & Van Lester 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1992 Hector's Gold Compilation Héctor Lavoe 1
1993 The Fania "Legends of Salsa" Collection, Volume 1 Compilation Héctor Lavoe 1
1994 The Fania "Legends of Salsa" Collection, Volume 2 Compilation Héctor Lavoe 1
1997 Fania All-Stars with Héctor Lavoe Compilation Héctor Lavoe 1
2007 Hector Lavoe - La Voz Compilation Héctor Lavoe & Willie Colón 1
2010 The Originals: El Cantante Compilation Héctor Lavoe 1
2012 Hector Lavoe - Greatest Hits Compilation Héctor Lavoe 1
15 éxitos Compilation Héctor Lavoe 1
Grandes éxitos Compilation Héctor Lavoe 1
Legends of Salsa, Volume 1 Compilation Héctor Lavoe 1
Los mejores éxitos de la salsa clásica Compilation Héctor Lavoe 1
Swings Compilation Héctor Lavoe 1

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1974 "Willie" Willie Colón & Héctor Lavoe 1
Fania All Stars with Hector Lavoe Héctor Lavoe 1
The Complete Recordings 1967-1975 Willie Colón & Héctor Lavoe 1

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