Héctor Pérez, 30 September 1946, Ponce, Puerto Rico, d. 29 June 1993. Lavoe is known as El Cantante (The Singer), after the title of the biographical song Rubén Blades composed for his 1978 Comedia. Lavoes high-nasal voice and style of phrasing are unmistakable, and his often witty, sometimes risqué, ad-libbed anecdotes became renowned. Héctor was heavily influenced by his father, Luis Pérez, who sang and played guitar with local bands and trios. When he was six-years-old, Lavoe stood by the radio and sang along with Chuíto el de Bayamón (Jesús Sanchez Erazo), who was one of the greats of jibaro music, the country music of Puerto Rico. He received tuition from his father and attended the Free School of Music in Ponce, where he met Papo Lucca and began his longstanding friendship with José Febles. At the age of 14, Héctor sang professionally with a 10-piece band in a...
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