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Ismael Quintana

Ismael Quintana

Ismael Quintana


Ismael Quintana (June 3, 1937 – April 16, 2016) was a singer and composer of salsa music. Quintana was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico. His family moved to The Bronx sector of New York when he was only two weeks old; there he went to school and while he was still in high school he formed a band with his neighborhood friends. In 1961, bandleader Eddie Palmieri heard Quintana sing for an audition and invited him to join his newly organized conjunto (small band) "La Perfecta". Read more on Last.fm
Ismael Quintana (June 3, 1937 – April 16, 2016) was a singer and composer of salsa music. Quintana was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico. His family moved to The Bronx sector of New York when he was only two weeks old; there he went to school and while he was still in high school he formed a band with his neighborhood friends. In 1961, bandleader Eddie Palmieri heard Quintana sing for an audition and invited him to join his newly organized conjunto (small band) "La Perfecta". Quintana accepted and became the lead singer of the band between 1961 and 1971. During this time he co-wrote some of Palmieri's major hit songs.

With Palmieri, Quintana was awarded the 1966 Trophy for the "Most Popular Latin Singer of the Year", awarded at the famed Palladium Ballroom in New York. Quintana left Palmieri for a solo career and signed with Vaya Records (subsidiary of Fania Records). Between 1974 and 1983, he recorded five albums as a solo artist, scoring his first major hit with "Mi Debilidad" (My Weakness). Among Quintana's recordings are the following: Solo "Punto y Aparte" (1971); "Dos Imágenes" (1972); "Ismael Quintana" (1974); "Lo Que Estoy Viviendo" ("What I'm Living Through") (1976); "Amor, Vida y Sentimiento" ("Love, Life and Feelings") (1977); "Jessica" (1979) (with Ricardo Marrero and The Group); "Mucho Talento" (1980) (with Papo Lucca). With Eddie Palmieri "Eddie Palmieri y La Perfecta" (1961); "El Molestoso" (1962); "Lo Que Traigo Es Sabroso" (1963); "Echando Pa’ Lante" ("Straight Ahead") (1964); "Azúcar Pa' Ti" ("Sugar for You") 1965); "Mozambique" (1966); "Molasses" (1967); "Champagne" (1968); "Justicia" (1969); "Superimposition" (1970); "Vamonos Pa'l Monte" (1971); "Recorded Live at Sing Sing, Vol. 1" (1972); "Recorded Live at Sing Sing, Vol. 2" (1974); "Sentido" (1973); "Timeless".

Live recording; "Eddie Palmieri Live At The University of Puerto Rico" 1974). With Cal Tjader and Eddie Palmieri[edit] "El Sonido Nuevo" ("The New Soul Sound"): Cal Tjader & Eddie Palmieri; "Bamboléate": Eddie Palmieri & Cal Tjader". With The Fania All-Stars "Live at Yankee Stadium, Vol. 2"; "Fania All Stars in Japan"; "Live in Africa"; "Salsa: Original Motion Picture Sound Track Recording"; "Tribute To Tito Rodríguez"; "Habana Jam"; "Commitment"; "Lo Que Pide La Gente"; "Live In Puerto Rico 1994"; "Bravo 97"; "Viva Colombia". With Tito Puente "Homenaje a Beny Moré", Vol. 1; "Homenaje a Beny Moré", Vol. 2. With Vladimir Vassilief "Vladimir and His Orchestra: New Sound in Latin Jazz". With Jimmy Delgado[edit] "Salsa con Dulzura". With Joe Cuba Sextet "Songs Mama Never Taught Me". Quintana also participated with the Fania All-Stars and went on tour with them to Africa, Japan, France, Central and South America and the United States.

In 1976, he made an appearance in the movie "Salsa", with Celia Cruz and the Fania All-Stars. During the 1980s he recorded "Vamos, Háblame Ahora" (Come on, Talk to Me Now) with Papo Lucca. Quintana semi-retired from the world of music because of health matters and lived with his family in New York. He moved with his family to Colorado where, on April 16, 2016, he died of heart failure. Quintana will be buried in Ponce, the city where he was born.

He is survived by his wife Yolanda and three offspring: Ismael, David and Jessica Quintana. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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