9 August 1963, Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA. While still a small child, Quiñones moved with his family to Puerto Rico and was raised for about 10 years in Ceiba. In 1977 he was back in the USA, settling in New York City where he developed his musical skills, in particular his singing. When he was 20 he became a member of Conjunto Nativo, and during the next two or three years sang with several bands in the increasingly popular salsa genre. These bands included those led by Rafael de Jesús, José El Canario Alberto, Johnny Dandy Rodríguez and the Conjunto Clásico, Luis Perico Ortiz, Louie Ramírez and Roberto Roena.
In 1987, Quiñones signed a solo recording contract. Among his albums, all of which sold well, was 1997s Se Necesita Un Milagro, which was declared by the National Foundation for Popular Culture of Puerto Rico to be one of the most influential...