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Artist Biography For El Gran Combo

El Gran Combo De Puerto Rico Commonly Known As El Gran Combo Is A Puerto Rican Salsa Music Orchestra. It Is Puerto Rico's Most Successful Musical Group And One Of Salsa's Most Famous Groups Across Latin America. Since Many Of The Genre's Legendary Singers Have Been Members Of The Orchestra The Band Has Been Given The Moniker La Universidad De La Salsa The University Of Salsa El Gran Combo Was Founded In May 1962 1 By Rafael Ithier. Ithier Is Still As Of 2008 Update The Orchestra's Pianist And Musical Director. The Group Is Currently Promoting Their Latest Album Titled Arroz Con Habichuela Rice And Beans . They Still Perform Today After 40 Years Together. 2 Contents Hide * 1 History O 1.1 The Birth Of El Gran Combo O 1.2 First Albums O 1.3 Near Death Experience O 1.4 The 1970s O 1.5 Recent Years O 1.6 The New Millennium * 2 Discography * 3 Current Members O 3.1 Singers O 3.2 Orchestra * 4 Former Members O 4.1 Singers O 4.2 Percussion O 4.3 Bass O 4.4 Brass Section O 4.5 Others * 5 Bibliography * 6 See Also * 7 References * 8 External Links Edit History Edit The Birth Of El Gran Combo Rafael Ithier Had Been A Member Of Rafael Cortijo's "Cortijo Y Su Combo" Orchestra Travelling To The Eastern United States Before Forming El Gran Combo. For Their First Gig The Orchestra Was Signed By The Legendary Cuban Comedian Writer And Businessman Alvarez Guedes Who Hired Them To Support Dominican Singer Joseito Mateo On One Of His Albums For His Record Company Gema Records. It Was Alvarez Guedes Himself Who Baptized Them With The Name Of El Gran Combo. The Members That Met For This First Incarnation Were Ithier Eddie Perez Hector Santos Rogelio "Kito" Velez Martín Quiñones Miguel Cruz And Roberto Roena. That First Album Was Titled Menéame Los Mangos El Gran Combo Con Joseito Mateo Shake My Handles Or Shake My Mangoes Depending On The Double Meaning Of The Word Mango . The Group Met Again To Define The Foundations Of The Orchestra And They Chose Singers Daniel Vázquez Pellín Rodríguez And Chiqui García. On May 21 1962 El Gran Combo Was Heard For The First Time On Puerto Rican Radio. Later On They Became The On-Studio Musicians Of The Live Television Show "La Taberna India" Sponsored By India Beer. After Their Live Debut At Hotel La Concha In San Juan Puerto Rico Chiqui García Left The Orchestra. Sammy Ayala Who Had Also Played With Ithier In The Cortijo Orchestra Recommended The Hiring Of Andy Montañez. Felipe Rodríguez Another Legendary Salsa Singer Also Followed The Group's Career Closely Sometimes Even Making Suggestions To Ithier. Edit First Albums On November 20 1963 El Gran Combo Released Their First Group Album Acángana With Rodríguez And Montañez As Leading Voices. The Album Became A Number One Hit In New York Panama And Puerto Rico. Their Success Opened Doors For Them In Many Latin American Markets And They Gained An Exclusivity Spot In Puerto Rican Television Show El Show De Las 12. The Album Also Reached Gold Status. On 1964 Musician Elías López Joined The Orchestra. However The Excess Of Exposure Helped Their Demands To Decline. Still In 1967 Their Album Boogaloo Con El Gran Combo Also Reached Gold Status. In 1969 Roena And López Left The Orchestra To Form The Apollo Sound Together. Despite All This That Same Year The Group Is Awarded With An Agüeybana De Oro Award In Puerto Rico. Edit Near Death Experience On February 15 1970 The Members Of El Gran Combo Shared A Near Death Experience. They Were Returning To Puerto Rico From Curaçao And Had To Stop At Las Américas International Airport In Santo Domingo. One Of The Band's Members Had A Bad Feeling About The Flight They Were About To Embark On And The Orchestra Decided Not To Take That Flight Which Would Turn Out To Be The Dominicana Airlines DC-9 That Crashed Off The Caribbean Coast. Edit The 1970s In 1970 Their Contract With Gema Records Wasn't Renewed. Despite Offers From The Renowned Motown Label El Gran Combo Decided To Produce Their Own Albums Under The Label "Combo Records". Their First Album Under Their Label EGC Is Titled Estamos Primeros. In 1971 El Gran Combo Introduced The Trombone To Their List Of Instruments. The Trombone Was Played By Fanny Ceballos. Soon After Their Production Named De Punta A Punta Slang For "From Coast To Coast" Was Released. In 1973 Pellín Rodriguez Left The Group To Continue On With A Solo Career. Legendary Salsa Musician Jerry Concepción And The Well Known Sportscaster Rafael Bracero Friends Of Ithier Recommended Ithier To Replace Rodríguez With Charlie Aponte. In 1973 El Gran Combo Sang In Front Of 50 000 Fans At The Famous Yankee Stadium In New York City As The Opening Act For The Fania All-Stars' Sold Out Concert. Montañez Left The Band In Early 1977 And Went To Live In Venezuela Where He Receive A Good Contract To Replace Oscar D'León In Another Orchestra Dimension Latina. Jerry Rivas Was Then Chosen To Join The Orchestra. Both Rivas And Aponte Are Still Members Of The Orchestra To This Day. The Success Of This New Duo Was Proved With Their 1977 Album International And 1978's En Las Vegas Which Reached Gold Record Status. In 1975 El Gran Combo En Navidad A Christmas Album Was Released With Martín Quiñones Appearing As Santa Claus In The Album's Cover. After A Car Accident In Early 1977 Quiñones Was Replaced In The Band By His Son Martín Quiñones Jr. He Stayed Until 1979 Being Replaced By Luis Díaz. Edit Recent Years The Band Continues To Receive Numerous Awards In All Latin America. In 1984 They Traveled To Alaska Where They Received A Great Welcome. Soon After They Release Their Album Titled Breaking The Ice Which Garnered Them Their First Grammy Nomination. In 1982 They Celebrated Their 20th Anniversary Playing At The Madison Square Garden. They Also Reached Europe That Year Playing In Paris France. In The Early 90s They Were Honored In The City Of Madrid Spain To Open The Decade In The Right Track. In March 29 1992 They Celebrated A Huge Concert In The Hiram Bithorn Stadium In Front Of 30 000 People. Edit The New Millennium In 2002 El Gran Combo Celebrated Their 40th Anniversary With Two Sold-Out Concerts At The Ruben Rodríguez Coliseum In Bayamón Puerto Rico. This Celebration Spawned A Renowned Album That Was Recognized As One Of The Best Of The Year. A Year Later They Received A Grammy For Best Tropical Album. Among Other Musicians They Are One Of The 'the Enduring Superstars Of The Island' 3 As Of 2006 Update The Orchestra Has Released Over 40 Albums Or CD's And It Has Received Many Awards Including Golden Albums A "Calendario De Plata" In Mexico A "Golden Combo" In Colombia A "Paoli Award" In Their Native Puerto Rico An Honorable Distinction In Spain And Countless Others. In 2006 They Released Their Latest Album Titled Arroz Con Habichuela. It Has Already Spawned Three Hit Singles. The First One Titled "No Hay Manera" "There's No Way" The Title Song And "Si La Vez Por Ahí". In 2007 El Gran Combo Performed Two Massive Concerts At The José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum To Celebrate Their 45th Anniversary. Edit Discography
Album Year Label
Menéame Los Mangos El Gran Combo Con Joseito Mateo 1962 Gema Records
El Gran Combo... De Siempre 1963 Gema Records
Acángana 1963 Gema Records
Ojos Chinos Jala Jala 1964 Gema Records
El Caballo Pelotero 1965 Gema Records
Traigo Un Tumba'o Meneíto Me 1965 Gema Records
El Swing Del Gran Combo Con Pellín Y Andy 1966 Gema Records
El Gran Combo En Navidad 1967 Gema Records
Maldito Callo 1967 Gema Records
Esos Ojitos Negros 1967 Gema Records
Fiesta Con El Gran Combo 1967 Gema Records
Boleros Románticos Con El Gran Combo 1967 Gema Records
Tú Querías Boogaloo Toma Boogaloo 1967 Gema Records
Pata Pata Jala Jala Y Boogaloo 1967 Gema Records
Boogaloos Con El Gran Combo 1967 Gema Records
Tangos 1967 Gema Records
Merengues 1968 Gema Records
Guarachas 1968 Gema Records
Bombas Bombas Bombas 1968 Gema Records
Los Nenes Sicodélicos 1968 Gema Records
Latin Power 1968 Gema Records
Smile It's El Gran Combo 1968 Gema Records
Este Si Que Es El Gran Combo 1969 Gema Records
Estamos Primeros 1970 EGC Records
De Punta A Punta 1971 EGC Records
Por El Libro 1972 EGC Records
En Acción 1973 EGC Records
Número 5 1973 EGC Records
Disfrútelo Hasta El Cabo 1974 EGC Records
Número 7 1975 EGC Records
Los Sorullos 1975 EGC Records
Mejor Que Nunca 1976 EGC Records
Internacional 1977 EGC Records
En Las Vegas 1978 Combo Records
Aquí No Se Sienta Nadie 1979 Combo Records
Unity 1980 Combo Records
Happy Days 1981 Combo Records
Nuestro Aniversario 1982 Combo Records
20th Anniversary 1982 Combo Records
La Universidad De La Salsa 1983 Combo Records
In Alaska Breaking The Ice 1984 Combo Records
Innovations 1985 Combo Records
Nuestra Musica 1985 Combo Records
El Gran Combo Y Su Pueblo 1986 Combo Records
25th Anniversary 1987 Combo Records
Romántico Y Sabroso 1988 Combo Records
Amame 1989 Combo Records
Latin Up! 1990 Combo Records
Erupción 1991 Combo Records
Gracias 1992 Combo Records
First Class International 1993 Combo Records
La Ruta Del Sabor 1994 Combo Records
Para Todos Los Gustos 1995 Fonovisa Records
Por Todo Lo Alto 1996 Fonovisa Records
35 Years Around The World 1997 Combo Records
Pasaporte Musical 1998 Combo Records
Nuevo Milenio El Mismo Sabor 2001 Combo Records
40 Aniversario 2002 Combo Records
Estamos Aqui...¡Y De Verdad! 2004 Sony Discos Norte
Arroz Con Habichuela 2006 Sony Discos Norte
Sin Salsa No Hay Paraiso 2009 Sony Discos Norte Edit Current Members Edit Singers * Charlie Aponte 1973–present * Jerry Rivas 1977–present * Luis "Papo" Rosario 1980–present Edit Orchestra * Rafael Ithier - Leader Director 1962–present Piano 1962–2006 Except On Live Performances * Willie Sotelo Piano 2006–present * Eddie Pérez - Saxophone 1962–present * Freddie Miranda - Saxophone 1980–present * Luis "Taty" Maldonado - Trumpet 1970–present * Victor "Cano" E. Rodriguez - Trumpet 1980–present * Moisés Nogueras - Trombone 1991–present * Freddy Rivera - Bass Guitar 1989–present * Domingo "Cuqui" Santos - Timbales 1988–present * Miguel "Pollo" Torres - Conga 1979–present * Richie Bastar - Bongo 2001–present * Jorge Torres - Sound Engineer * David Marrero - Support Personnel Edit Former Members Edit Singers * Pellín Rodríguez 1962–1973 * Andy Montañez 1962–1977 * Marcos Montañez 1973 * "Chiqui" Rivera 1962 Edit Percussion * Milton Correa - Timbales 1962–1970 * Miguel Marrero - Timbales 1970–1979 * Edgardo Morales - Timbales 1979–1988 * Roberto Roena - Bongos 1962–1969 * Martín Quiñones - Conga 1962–1977 * Martín Quiñones Jr. - Conga 1962–1979 * Luis Díaz - Conga 1979 Edit Bass * Miguel Cruz - Bass Guitar 1962–1975 * Fernando Perez - Bass Guitar 1975–1989 Edit Brass Section * Mike Torres - Trumpet 1969 * Epifanio "Fanny" Ceballos - Trombone 1971–1991 * Toñito Vázquez - Trombone 1991 Edit Others * Hector Santos 1962–1969 * Rogelio "Kito" Vélez 1962–1964 * Daniel Vázquez 1962 * Mickey Duchesne 1962–1969 * Elias Lopez 1964–1969 * Edwin Cortés 1969 * "Baby" Serrano - Bongos 1969–1984 * José "Keko" Duchesne - Saxophone 1969–1980 * Tommy Sánchez 1969 * Gerardo "Grillo" Cruz-Trumpet 1969–1979 * Miguel Laboy-Bongos 1984–2001 * Mike Ramos-Coro 1969–1980 * Edwin González 1979 * Nelson Feliciano-Trumpet 1979–1980 * Paquito Guzman Coros Recording Sessions 1971–1976 * Elliot Romero Coros Recording Sessions 1973–1977 * Yayo "El Indio" Coros Recording Sessions 1977–1979 * Tito Henriquez Coros Recording Sessions 1978 * Eddie W. Feyjoo Trumpet Recording 1980s-? Edit Bibliography * Keeling Stephen Rough Guides Rough Guides 2008 ISBN 978-1-85828-354-8 * Marino John Wiley Publishing Inc. 2008 ISBN 978-0-470-25711-1 * Let's Go Inc MacMillan 2007 ISBN 978-0-312-37447-1 ISBN 10-0-312-3744-X Third Edition * Peffer Randal Lonely Planet Publications Pty Ltd 2002 ISBN 1 74059 274 3 Edit See Also * List Of Famous Puerto Ricans Edit References 1. ^ Keeling And Rough Guides "The Rough Guide To Puerto Rico" Page 377. Rough Guides 2008. 2. ^ Frommer's Puerto Rico Marino P. 37 3. ^ Lonely Planet Puerto Rico Peffer Published P. 42 Edit External Links * Official Website * Biography Discography Photos Lyrics SalsaClasica.Com Retrieved From "http //en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/El_Gran_Combo_De_Puerto_Rico"
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