Humberto Nieves, 4 June c.1958, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. One of salsas hit-makers in the late 80s and early 90s, Nieves family migrated to Brooklyn, New York when he was two years old. The fact that his father played guitar with various trios and that his uncle was a renowned composer, singer and guitarist, created a family climate conducive to music, within which the young Tito studied bass, guitar and drums. Nieves began his professional career in 1975 as a vocalist with Orquesta Cimarrón, which was co-led by the bands lead singer Rafael de Jesús. This was followed by a stint with Héctor Lavoe. Nieves made his recording debut as a lead vocalist in 1978 when the prominent Puerto Rican composer Johnny Ortiz hired him for Johnny Ortiz Y Taibori. In 1979 he was invited by composer/producer Ramón Rodríguez to perform lead vocals on the first album by Julio Castro And His Orquesta La Masacre. The same year he became...
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