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El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico is one of the most celebrated musical groups in Latin America. Based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, this salsa music orchestra is also referred to as The University of Salsa as it has been a platform for numerous musicians and singers including Andy Montanez, Celia Cruz, Hector Lavoe and La India.
Emerging in 1960, El Gran Combo celebrated its 50th anniversary in November 2012. Even after all these years the popularity of the group has not faltered. Although there have been many changes in the lineup but the band still has not lost its essence. At present, Charlie Aponte, Jerry Rivas and Luis Rosario are the singers. Some of the members from the orchestra are; Rafael Ithier (the founding member), Willie Sotelo, Eddie Perez, Miguel Torres and Freddie Miranda. The band has won many awards throughout the journey. Hence collecting Calendario de Plata, Golden Combo and Paoli Award among others. Seize the opportunity of watching them live by getting El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico tickets.
There is never a dull moment when El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico performs as the band’s music keeps the listeners pumped up throughout the shows. Love interest, the streets, food and other subjects are generally covered in their songs but with a dash of humor. Some of the hit numbers are No Hay Manera, Brujeria, El Menu, Un Verano en Nueva, La Mal Pensa, Amigo Mio, Imaginacion, Si La Vez Por and Saludo Boriqua. In 1982 the band marked its 20th anniversary at the Madison Square Garden. The same year they hit Europe and performed in Paris. In 1984 the band was given a warm embrace in Alaska. The year 1992 is also among the standout years as El Gran Combo performed at the Hiram Bithorn Stadium before 30,000 people. The band’s 40th anniversary was celebrated in Puerto Rico at Rubin Rodriguez Coliseum. Later they released an album that met with an ecstatic response earning the band the title of one of the “enduring superstars of the island”.
The Grammy Award winners have come up with more than forty albums. First Class International, Acangana, Maldito Callo, Tangos, Guarachas, El Gran Combo En Navidad, Unity, Latin Up, Innovations and Happy Days being a few. Meneame los mangos, their debut album released in 1963 topped in New York, Puerto Rico and Panama. La Verdeque, Usted se Dano, Sala Mala and Con La Mesa Al Caco are some of the songs from the album. Moreover, the album also gave the band an opportunity to be on El Show de Las 12, a popular television show in Puerto Rico. Arroz con Habichuela, 46 Aniversario: Toda Una Historia and Sin Salsa No Hay Paraiso are among the recent releases that hit the markets in 2006, 2008 and 2010. The album contained several genres such as latin, international, salsa, tropical and some Brazilian musical styles. Arroz con Habichuela included the songs Yo No Mendigo Amor, Como Tiembla el Alma, Te Veob Nena and Esa Mujer.
The 2008 release spawned hits like La Cara, Milonga Sentimental, Estas Liquido, La Rareza, Bacoso, Ojitos Chinos etc. The next album Sin Salsa No Hay Paraiso turned out to be another hit reassuring the band’s potential. Consequently bringing the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s salsa music to life again. Latin, salsa, tropical, latin pop and boogaloo are the genres the band focused on this time around. The album received an overwhelming response from the critics and fans alike. Thus, turning out to be as exciting and energetic as other releases. The title track has been the most popular one from this ten-track album. Some other hits are; Achilipu, Es La Mujer, Espuma y la ola la, El Problema Esta en el Coco, La Receta de Amor.
Since the band is known for giving a tinge of comedy in the songs, El Gran Combo recently rewrote one of their songs called No Hago Mas Na( I Don’t Know Anything Else) to add satire. To watch the legendary musicians perform live, buy El Gran Combo Puerto Rico tickets.
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