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ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Cheo Feliciano

Cheo Feliciano is from Ponce, Puerto Rico. He wanted to be a conguero, but fate conspired against him. While working as a band boy for Tito Rodríguez, the musicians of the orchestra told Rodríguez that Cheo had a beautiful voice. After the legendary vocalist heard Cheo perform, the rest was history.  A rare baritone among salsa singers, he became the lead vocalist for Joe Cuba’s sextet on the recommendation of Tito Rodríguez. His deep voice and quick wit as improviser made Cheo a favorite among the Latin audiences.

Cheo made his professional debut on October 5, 1957 – his wedding day – with the song, "Perfidia.” Cheo remained with Joe Cuba for 10 years and recorded 17 albums. Songs like "A las seis", "Como ríen", "El pito (I'll Never Go Back to Georgia)" and "El ratón" framed his years in the famous sextet, a period that was followed by two years with the Eddie Palmieri Orchestra culminating in 1969.

After a three-year hiatus, he recorded again in 1972. The album was titled, "Cheo,” and made for the label "Go Records," a division of Fania Records. The production included hits like "Anacaona", "Mi triste problema", "Pa’ que afinquen" and "Sí por mí llueve." These singles made Cheo Feliciano an undisputed star of the Latin music industry.

His years of recordings for Fania produced hits like "Amada Mía", "Juguete", "Salomé", "Los entierros de mi gente pobre" and "Juan Albañil.” Also, as part of the Fania All Stars, Cheo participated in the first salsa opera, "Hommy".

For over three decades, Cheo has been traveling extensively and performing in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States on hundreds of prestigious stages. He has worked with some of the most important artists in Latin Music and won countless awards.

Cheo is one of Puerto Rico’s legendary artists and vocalists and is still performing to adoring crowds today.

Danny Rivera

Danny Rivera, the “National Voice of Puerto Rico,” is known both for his passionate style of song and for his commitment to works of social justice. His magnificent voice is known wherever Spanish is spoken through his more than 60 albums, which have received four Grammy nominations. Danny is the only Puerto Rican vocalist to have headlined four concerts in Carnegie Hall, in 1979, 1989, 1999 and 2010.

Danny was born in a zone of poverty, privation, and great culture known as 23 abajo, a working-class neighborhood in Santurce, Puerto Rico, named for one of the stops on a now-defunct trolley line. His first experiences with singing were in the chorus of an evangelical church and in the bars of his neighborhood. He made his first impression as a professional singer with the orchestra of César Concepción in the Hotel San Juan. Televised music festivals are important talent showcases in Latin America, and after Danny was chosen as Revelation of the Year in the 1968 Popularity Festival, he became a familiar face in Puerto Rico. With a repertoire that emphasized the bolero, he was an emblematic figure of the bohemia of the 1960s and 70s that based itself at the nightclub in Viejo San Juan called Ocho Puertas (Eight Doors).

After making his recording debut in 1968 “Amor, Amor,” with the group the Clean Cuts, he recorded a string of hits that included "Porque yo te amo," "Fuiste mía un verano," "Manolo," "Mi viejo," "Yo y la rosa," and "Va cayendo una lágrima." In 1971, Danny had a megahit with Roberto Carlos’s "Jesucristo," followed up the next year with his album Mi Hijo, which included two of his career-defining songs, “Tu pueblo es mi pueblo” and “Amada amante.”

For years after that, he recorded and performed live at a feverish pace, becoming an international star and maintaining a presence on Puerto Rican radio and TV. He signed with the Venezuelan label TH in 1980, and though it was unheard of for an artist in the Latin pop arena, he delved into the rich past of Puerto Rican music.

His albums during this period are considered classics, including Alborada, Serenata (with a song that became a standard of his, Don Felo’s “Madrigal,”) and Danza Para Mi Pueblo, an album of Puerto Rican danzas. He also began his own label, DNA, producing among other titles Así Cantaba Cheíto González, Volumes I and II, and an album of Tito Rodríguez’s ballads, Inolvidable Tito.

On September 15, 1987, Danny performed a spectacularly successful duo concert with Michel Camilo at the Centro de Bellas Artes in San Juan, called Danny Regresa a Ocho Puertas (Danny Returns to Ocho Puertas). Danny and Michel Camilo performed the same concert 23 years later in Carnegie Hall on May 6, 2010; again in Bellas Artes in San Juan on September 29, 2012, and as recently as September 3, 2012 in Santiago, Dominican Republic.

Danny Rivera continues to perform extensively in Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States. He has earned countless of awards and continues to be active in music and philanthropy.

 

 

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