Marvin Santiago

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1990s 2000s

Biography

26 December 1947, San Juan, Puerto Rico, d. 6 October 2004, Bayamón, Puerto Rico. Singing from early childhood, Santiago attained some local celebrity performing bolero in San Juan and working with band leaders Rafael Cortijo in 1967 and Roberto Angleró in 1970, spending some time in Chicago, a city he visited while on a tour of the USA. Back in Puerto Rico, he teamed up with Bobby Valentin in the early 70s, recording some very well received albums. The duo’s success was such that they joined the Fania All Stars, playing alongside artists such as Rubén Blades, Celia Cruz and Andy Montanez. In the late 70s Santiago worked with Jorge Millet, moving on to a solo career and he had many record successes, local sales figures being encouraged by his use in his lyrics of Puerto Rican colloquialisms. In 1980, Santiago was arrested for possession of cocaine, the quantity involved suggesting he was not merely a user but a dealer. Sent to prison for...

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