Johnny Colon (born in New York City on April 21, 1942) is an American salsa musician, leader of the Johnny Colon Orchestra and founder of the East Harlem Music School, also known as a major contributor to the boogaloo sound of the 1960s.

Colon was born in New York City to parents of Puerto Rican heritage. He wrote most of the Orchestra's tunes, sings, plays percussion, piano and trombone, and first found success in the world of salsa with his 1967 debut album, Boogaloo Blues. The record was produced by George Goldner and sold around three million copies worldwide. He released five albums over the period 1967-72, and in 1968 founded the East Harlem Music School. His 2008 jazz album, "Keeping It Real" features the American pop songbook.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 Twogether Salsa Various Artists 1
2011 El Barrio : The Ultimate Collection of Latin Boogaloo, Disco, Funk & Soul Various Artists 1
2013 Fania: The 75 Greatest Fania Songs Various Artists 1

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1993 Tropicana baile con... Various Artists 1
2000 Golden Drops Various Artists 1
2000 Latin Spectrum II Various Artists 1
2000 Mega latino Various Artists 1
2000 Salsa: The Rhythm and Movement of Cuba Various Artists 1
2001 Freak Off: Latin Breakbeats, Basslines & Boogaloo Various Artists 1
2002 The NuYorican Funk Experience: Further Adventures in Latin Soul Various Artists 1
2003 13 Success Fours de La Salsa, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
2003 Les Titres Essentiels Salsa Various Artists 1
2004 Latina Café, Volume 4 Various Artists 1
2005 Hey Everybody... I Gotta New Dance Various Artists 1
2006 El Barrio: The Bad Boogaloo Nu Yorican Sounds 1966-1970 Various Artists 2
2007 Salsa Party Various Artists 1
2009 Mega salsa Various Artists 2
Beginner's Guide to Latin Music (disc 1: Old School) Various Artists 1
Cuba All Stars Various Artists 1
Quiero Boogaloo Various Artists 1
Salsa Various Artists 1
We Got Latin Soul, Volume 2 Various Artists 1


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2014 Super 10 CD Salsa Various Artists 1

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