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Hector Lavoe, 46, Helped Define The Style of Modern Salsa Music

Hector Lavoe, one of the great singers in salsa, died on Tuesday at St. Clare's Hospital in Manhattan. He was 46. The cause was cardiac arrest, his record company said. Mr. Lavoe was an incandescent singer, an improviser who used a boyish sound to impart passion. His voice, high and pure, turned the most banal lyrics into pleas, and when he improvised he moved from clipped, abrupt rhythms to a graceful float that made his singing extraordinarily beautiful. His sound and his style became the foundation on which many future salsa singers built. Mr. Lavoe, whose original name was Hector Perez, was born in Puerto Rico and was brought to the United States at age 6. He first found work as a singer and trombonist with Johnny Pacheco and the Orchestra New Yorkers and then formed a group with the trombonist Willie Colon in 1966 to create one of the most important bands in salsa. He...

Full article: http://www.nytimes.com/1993/07/02/obituaries/hector-lavoe...

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