|Tags:||salsa latin acid jazz lounge space age pop|
|Decades:||1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s|
Pablo Rodríguez, 4 January 1923, Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico, d. 28 February 1973, New York University Hospital, New York, USA. Vocalist, percussionist, band leader, composer, producer, label boss Tito Rodríguez was equally talented as an uptempo improvising sonero (singer in the salsa style) and a romantic singer. At its peak, the Rodríguez bands blend of Cuban-orientated numbers and tight, solo-filled instrumentals equalled any of his rivals (quotes from The Latin Tinge by John Storm Roberts, 1979). Tito was born to a Cuban mother and Dominican father. At the age of 16 he played maracas and sang second voice with Cuarteto Mayari before relocating to New York to live with his older brother Johnny (b. 10 October 1912, Camuy, Puerto Rico), who had moved there in 1935. Popular vocalist/composer Johnny formed his own trio in 1940; recordings he made with his trio on the Seeco label were collected on Encores De...