The singer and symbol of salsa Héctor Lavoe (1946-1993) can have a street in his name in New York if the initiative launched by promoter Jesse Ramírez, who has the support of the daughter and sister of the so-called ‘ Singer of the singers’.
Ramírez, a well-known promoter and presenter in the world of Latin music, told Efe that “other artists already have streets named after them in the Big Apple, so it is time for Hector Lavoe to also have his own” in the city where He developed his career and became known as a member of the mythical Fania All Stars.
“He is a true icon of Latin music in New York and the world,” he affirmed, and further indicated that he initiated a campaign among politicians to achieve his goal.
“The talent, the charisma of Héctor Lavoe, his love for his music, for his people, were always and will be present in the hearts of his followers, who number millions around the world,” said Ramírez, who had a close relationship with the artist.
Héctor Juan Pérez Martínez, known as Héctor Lavoe, emigrated to New York from his native Puerto Rico at the age of 16, and in collaboration with his countryman Willie Colón he had great successes such as ‘Aguanilé’, ‘Che che colé’, ‘La murga’ , ‘Calle Luna, calle Sol’ and ‘Juana Peña’, among many others that became favorites of the salsa public.
After separating from Colón, the “king of punctuality” launched his solo career in 1974 and his solo successes include ‘El cantante’, ‘Rompe Saragüey’ and ‘Periódico deyer’.
Pianist Willie Rodríguez, one of the promoters of the salsa museum, whose construction is an ever-delayed promise, considered that it would be “fantastic” for Hector Lavoe to have a street because “he deserves it.”
In addition, he told Efe that the salsa museum made a similar proposal to the City Council to baptize a street in the Bronx with the name of the Dominican musician Johnny Pacheco (1935-2021), co-founder of the Fania All Stars and who lived in that county, and they’re waiting for them to vote on that bill.
Héctor Lavoe has already been recognized with two monuments, one in his native Ponce (Puerto Rico) and the other in Callao, Peru, where those of the singers Ismael Rivera and Celia Cruz and the percussionist Ray Barretto also appear.