Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Salsa legend Johnny Pacheco dies in New York

The famous musician, Johnny Pacheco, classified as one of the godfathers of salsa music, died on Monday in New York at the age of 85, his family announced.

The musician had been admitted to the emergency hospital a few days ago due to pneumonia. “With great pain in the soul and a great emptiness in the heart, I announce to you that Maestro Johnny Pacheco passed away peacefully today. A thousand thanks for your prayers and for all the love you have always given,” said Koki Pacheco, wife of Johnny Pacheco, in a statement posted on his official Facebook account.

FILE – In this Feb. 19, 2010 file photo, Dominican artist Johnny Pacheco poses for photographers on the red carpet as he goes in to record the Spanish language version of “We Are The World” (Somos el Mundo) with other top Latin music artists in Miami. The Salsa legend has died on Monday, Feb. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Born in the Dominican Republic in 1935, the musician, composer, and producer founded Vania Records Productions and the historic “Vania All-Stars” group who have teamed up with the biggest names in salsa, including the likes of Celia Cruz, Hector Lavos, and Willie Colon.

Johnny Pacheco at Gibson autographing a guitar during The 7th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards – Backstage Lounge by Distinctive Assets – Day 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jemal Countess/WireImage)

Born on March 25, 1935, in Santiago de los Caballeros in the Dominican city, Pacheco, whose real name is Juan Azarias Pacheco, arrived in New York with his family as a child.

After musical studies at the Juilliard School in New York, he began his career in the 1950s before entering the world of fame with the Pacheco yo Charanga Orchestra. In 1964 Pacheco founded the company “Vania Records” with attorney Gerald “Jerry” Masucci.

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