Bataan Nitollano, 1942, New York City, New York, USA. Although he became noted in the world of Latin music, Bataans mother was African American and his father Filipino. Bataan started singing in informal doo-wop groups in the streets of Spanish Harlem but fell in with bad elements. At the age of 15 he was sent to a correctional facility following charges connected with car theft. While in prison he began to learn more about music and when he was released in the early 60s turned to music as a career. He had taught himself to play piano and in the mid-60s formed his own band, in which he was lead singer. Unusually, Bataan did not follow the current patterns in pop but chose instead to develop a distinctive variation on boogaloo, a style that blended orthodox Latin pop with R&B and had been labelled as Latin soul. Previous performers in this vein included Héctor Rivera and early Tito Puente. Bataan enjoyed success with records such as Gypsy...
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