7 May 1942, Santurce, Puerto Rico. From the early 60s onwards, Montañezs rich and powerful voice was an essential part of El Gran Combos trademark sound. In 1977 the salsa band Dimensión Latina, then based in oil wealthy Venezuela, made him a lucrative offer he could not refuse, and he joined them as a co-lead singer until 1980, when he left to inaugurate a solo career. Montañez released a string of fine albums during the 80s. His 1983 Hoy... Y Ayer contained a medley of El Gran Combo hits to mark their 20th anniversary. Mirroring El Gran Combo, Montañez used a line-up containing two trumpets, two saxophones and a trombone, plus a rhythm section (conga, bongo, timbales, cowbell, maracas, bass, piano) and coro (chorus). The 1985 chart-topper, Andy Montañez, was one of his best. It contained the superb Tite Curet Alonso composition Genio y Figura. Ernesto Rivera wrote all the arrangements and...