Johnny Pacheco, salsa legend, dies

The musician Johnny pacheco He passed away on February 15 at the age of 85. The successful composer and arranger promoted the careers of salsa artists such as Rubén Bladés, Willie Colón and Celia Cruz.

Pacheco was co-founder of Fania Records, record company of exponents of salsa such as Celia Cruz, Héctor Lavoe and Cheo Feliciano.

The salsa idol passed away on February 15 in New York after being hospitalized for pneumonia. With great pain in my soul and an emptiness in my heart I inform you that the teacher Johnny Pacheco with much Peace passed away this afternoonreported the singer’s wife, Cuqui Pacheco.

Johnny Pacheco was born on March 25, 1935 in the Dominican Republic into a family of musicians. In the 1940s, the family group moved to New York to flee the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo.

Different salsa singers such as Olga Tañón and Gilberto Santa Rosa have issued statements expressing their feelings for the loss of Pacheco in the world of salsa.

Fania Records tweeted that the musician was one of the parents of salsa Y the most responsible man in the genre … He was a visionary.

The news produced this note with information from The Associated Press (AP).

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