21 August 1950, Puerto Rico. Since the mid-80s, the mainstream salsa recording industry in Puerto Rico and the USA has been largely preoccupied with developing and marketing the images of good looking young male vocalists, rather than producing solid, stimulating music performed by swinging soneros (improvising salsa singers). Santa Rosa, however, who was one of the first of this new crop of solo singers, is regarded as being amongst the small number who deserve to be called a sonero. His apprenticeship included stints with top Puerto Rican band leaders, Tommy Olivencia and Willie Rosario, before he signed with Ralph Cartagenas Combo Records. In 1986, Santa Rosa debuted on Good Vibrations fronting his own salsa orquesta of two trumpets, two trombones, baritone saxophone, rhythm section (conga, bongo, timbales, bass, piano) and coro (chorus). After releasing three more albums on Combo, he switched to CBS Records and issued the chart-topping salsa...
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