El Gran Combo De Puerto Rico
Salsa orchestra from Puerto Rico. The legendary Puerto Rican band popularly known as El Gran Combo played their first gig in San Juan in 1962 and soon became the island's most popular salsa group. While many bands formed and dissolved during the 1960s and 1970s, El Gran Combo had unusual staying power. Throughout the next several decades, the band's style altered and evolved to fit Latin dance-music trends, from boogaloo and merengue to tango and bomba. ...show more
Salsa orchestra from Puerto Rico. The legendary Puerto Rican band popularly known as El Gran Combo played their first gig in San Juan in 1962 and soon became the island's most popular salsa group. While many bands formed and dissolved during the 1960s and 1970s, El Gran Combo had unusual staying power. Throughout the next several decades, the band's style altered and evolved to fit Latin dance-music trends, from boogaloo and merengue to tango and bomba.
While an influx of talented young singers and musicians kept the 12- or 13-member band sounding fresh, the steady presence of a few founding members--including the pianist-songwriter Rafael Ithier--gave El Gran Combo their signature style and their venerable reputation as a premier salsa band. El Gran Combo originated as an offshoot of the popular Puerto Rican band El Combo de Rafael Cortijo. Invited to start a new group with Joseito Mateo, a singer from the Dominican Republic, Ithier and six fellow musicians dropped out of Cortijo's band to start their new enterprise. The move shocked the Latin music world.
"You were not supposed to leave Puerto Rico's favorite group like that," Ithier told Montreal's Gazette, "but the discipline was not very good anymore.... I did not want to be with a band that was not ready to work." The new band was not lacking in discipline. Its members--including Rafael Alvarez Guedes (who chose the band's name), Eddie Pérez, Héctor Santos, Roberto Rohena, Rogelio Vélez, Martín Quiñones, and Miguel Cruz --prized teamwork and organization as much as they did musical talent. In 1962 the group recorded its first album, Meneame los Mangos (Shake My Mangos). ...show less
Albums & Singles by El Gran Combo De Puerto Rico
50 Anos de Historia
Ojos Chinos - Jala Jala
Los Nenes Sicodelicos
50 Años de Patria, Tradicion y Navidad
It's Christmas Time! (Original Recordings)
Sin Salsa No Hay Paraíso
45 Years of Music- From the Beginning (1962-2007)
Arroz Con Habichuela
¡Aqui Estamos Y De Verdad!
Nuevo Milenio - El Mismo Sabor
Playlists Containing Tracks by El Gran Combo De Puerto Rico
Salsa for People Who Probably Shouldn't
Salsa Top Of 2013
Latino - a bailar! - Mai Helenes
Salsa Top Of 2012
Salsa En La Navidad
Salsa, Cuban, Bossa Nova MIX
Puerto Rican Salsa Top 100
DJ Essey's Salsa Sickness
salsa latin cuba
SALSA DE LA BUENA
The best latin music classics (updated daily)
Cha Cha Cha Top 100
Salsa de ayer, hoy y siempre
1000 Plus Recordings You Ought to Listen to B…
Salsa Top 100
Playlists We Love
Indie Feel Good
A hand picked selection of new indie music chosen to put a lift in your step & a smile on your face.
New Releases UK
Each week we will update this playlist with the latest new releases from the UK
UK TOP 40 CHART
Listen to the top-selling singles in the UK, updated regularly.
USA TOP 40 CHART
Listen to the best-selling singles in the United States, updated regularly.
New Releases USA
Each week we will update this playlist with the latest new releases from the USA
The very latest under-the-radar tracks you need to hear
Weekly Top 100 Tracks
Every Monday we publish a chart of the Top 100 tracks added to playlists in the previous week
The World's Most Perfect Pop Songs
The most perfect pop songs from around the world.
This is the perfect playlist to unwind & relax to
Songs To Fall Asleep To
Feeling tired? This playlist is designed to help you unwind and send you to sleep.