William Anthony Colón, 28 April 1950, Bronx, New York City, New York, USA. Born of Puerto Rican parents, Colón, as a trombonist, singer, composer, producer, arranger and actor, organized his first band in 1964. He made his recording debut as a band leader on a self-produced single released on the Futura label, which was co-founded by Al Santiago. At the age of 17 he became one of the early signings to the young Fania Records label. Starting with his debut El Malo, which contained his first hit, the instrumental Jazzy, he cultivated a bad guy image that he sustained until the mid-70s. Puerto Rico born Héctor Lavoe, was Colóns lead singer until 1974. The pianist on Colóns second and third albums, The Hustler (1968) and Guisando-Doing A Job (1969), was the talented African-American, Mark Markolino Dimond, who also wrote a track for each record.
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