Johnny Pacheco

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... read moreCo-founder of Fania Records and legendary bandleader, Johnny Pacheco, was the son of bandleader Rafael Azarias Pacheco. In 1959, he was invited to join Charlie Palmieri’s band Charanga "La Duboney," playing on the excellent LET'S DANCE THE CHARANGA album, before forming his own band the following...

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Active: 1950s-2000s
Country Of origin: United States of America
Member of: Fania All Stars

Relocated to New York during the late '40s, Johnny Pacheco learned to play sax, percussion and flute in high school. In September 1959, he left Charlie Palmieri's flute and strings orchestra to organize his own. With his first recording, Pacheco y su Charanga, released by Alegre Records in 1961, Pacheco changed the sound of music throughout Latin America and ushered in the "Pachanga" (a strenous dance) era which faded out in 1964. Pacheco and attorney Gerald Masucci founde the Fania label in 1964 and with its first album, LP #325 (Pacheco's birthdate) kicked off the yet unborn salsa era in New York City. ~ Max Salazar~ Rovi

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