Conga player and band leader Joe Cuba, "the Father of Latin Boogaloo" was born on this day in New York City in 1931. IN the mid-1960s he was instrumental in the development and popularization of Latin Soul (a blending of Afro-Cuban and Puerto Rican musical elements with soul music). He's probably best know for his hit "Bang Bang" which has shown a certain amount of longevity over the years, especially due to cover versions.
I find endless inspiration in the music of the 1960s. It was an explosion of the intermingling of genres and cultures, a reflection of the desire for a more integrated society where contributions of individual groups of people were valued equally. Within MUSIC the myth of the American melting pot could be more fully realized than in every day life. In Latin soul we hear the musical integration of the New York Puerto Rican and Cuban population. Soul was integrated into Latin music and Latin was integrated into soul. The Latin influence in soul music went from being a gimmick in the early 1960s to being fully fused with funky soul by the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Joe Cuba was one of the KINGs of this genre, and his party records are legendary guaranteed floor-fillers that for me, have raised the roof with nearly every spin. We lost Joe Cuba in 2009, but his musical party carries on. And "Oh Yeah" is one of the BEST summertime songs EVER!!!!!!!
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I'm excited to highlight some of my favorite records in a variety of genres (soul, R&B, classic country, rockabilly, oldies, garage rock, etc). These won't all necessarily be "dance" records per se. They will all be records that I believe deserve a special listen. I simply love good music, rare or not. Hopefully you will spend some time here and love music right along with me! Lets give this a shot!