Tommy Olivencia

Genres: Latin World Music
Descriptive "tags": salsa latin tommy olivencia puerto rico Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

Ángel Tomás Olivencia Pagán, 3 May 1938, Villa Palmera, Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico, d. 22 September 2006, San Juan, Puerto Rico. During the five decades of its existence, Olivencia’s band acted as an ‘incubator’ for various notable solo salsa singers, including Marvin Santiago, Paquito Guzmán, Lalo Rodríguez, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Frankie Ruiz and Héctor Tricoche.

Olivencia began as a singer at the age of 16, but he preferred the role of trumpeter and musical director. He formed a dance band when he was 22 years old, favouring a frontline of trumpets and trombones, and using a combination of four trumpets and two trombones on most of his albums. Olivencia released his early recordings on his own Tioly label. He signed with Inca Records and remained with them until 1978. He switched to TH (Top Hits) Records (now TH-Rodven) and released eight albums on the label between 1978 and 1988....

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