Dead Johnny Pacheco, legend of the sauce

Mourning in the world of Latin American music. At the age of 85 he passed away Johnny pacheco, an artist of Dominican origin who migrated to the USA and was considered one of the fathers of salsa, a genre that blended African, Cuban, Dominican, Puerto Rican and Latin rhythms, such as son and mambo. Pacheco died in Teaneck, New Jersey, as his family has made known. He had been hospitalized for complications from pneumonia. Musician, arranger and record producer, he founded the Fania Records label and the historic band Fania All Stars, which included salsa icons such as Celia Cruz, Hector Lavoe and Willie Colon.

Johnny Pacheco’s career

Then Juan Azarías Pacheco Knipping, was born in Santiago de los Caballeros, in the north of the Dominican Republic, on March 25, 1935. He was the son of Rafael Azarial Pacheco, clarinetist of the Orchestra of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia. He migrated to New York at the age of 11 with his family. He studied accordion, saxophone and clarinet and then flute, and began his musical career in the 1950s. He played with major American musicians, in particular Charlie Palmieri’s Latin music orchestra from 1958 and in ’59 founded the band La Duboney. Dissatisfied with the experience, Pacheco founded the orchestra in 1960 Pacheco and his brass band, contributing in a fundamental way to bring a new dance fashion, the pachanga, a frenetic mix of merengue and cha-cha-cha. The musician became an internationally renowned star and made numerous tours in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America. His charanga was the first Latin band to direct the Apollo Theater in New York City in 1962 and 1963.

Fania Records

From 1963 he created Fania Records with the lawyer Gerald Masucci and recorded albums with Los compadres, including Larry Harlow, Bobby Valentin, Ray Barretto, Roberto Roena, Willie Colon, accompanied by solo singers such as Hector Lavoe and Cheo Feliciano, which soon many other singers joined, such as Tito Puente, Celia Cruz and Carlos Santana’s brother, Jorge. Pacheco earned nine Grammy nominations and ten gold records and in 1996 received the Presidential Medal of Honor from the Dominican Republic. In 2007, Pacheco was played by Nelson Vasquez in the film El Cantante with Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony in the title role of Hector Lavoe.

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