September 30th 1946 marks the day a "great among greats" was born, this artist's life was marked by a tragic destiny.
Héctor Lavoe's interest in music began in his native Puerto Rico. In search of new opportunities, he traveled to New York with a suitcase full of dreams and the firm goal of landing a job in the music world. Johnny Pacheco happened to hear him perform at one of those night clubs. In Lavoe he discovered a powerful voice and the easiest of manners.
The combination of Héctor Lavoe and Willie Colón enriched the world of salsa and set the stage for their collaboration, which lasted seven years. It also gave birth to 10 albums, full of vibrant songs that spoke the language of the street, a type of musical narrative that the public identified with, one that cemented salsa as a genre.
His life was an open book, each page of which documented the tragedy and heartbreak that marked and influenced the rise and fall of his brilliant professional career. Héctor Lavoe died on June 29, 1993, at the age of 46.
This HECTOR LAVOE COLLECTORS PACKAGE is a perfect reminder of who he was and everything he accomplished in life. With 8 Cds, these two volumes of the Studio albums are a celebration of all the amazing music he left for us to feel, dance, and sign to. In order complete this collectors masterpiece, we have added Hector's favorite T-shirt to perform with. Available in 5 sizes, this T-shirt will make you revive "El Cantante" and everything he meant.
Fania Records is the home to more than 200 of the top artists' catalogs in tropical music, comprising of more than 3,000 albums by the masters of the genre. These artists mixed a cornucopia of styles that transcended the boundaries of traditional Latin music and set the path for the genres of Latin big band, Afro-Cuban jazz, Boogaloo, Salsa and Latin R&B.