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Joey Pastrana

Once the song “Rumors” made its way into the New York City radio stations, Joey Pastrana knew he had that rarest of hits: The crossover. The melody of “Rumors” was released in the year 1967 and was an instant success with audiences across the city. People didn’t have to be Latin to enjoy or understand this pop music gem. Pastrana’s boogaloo had finally reached the masses, and he was one its major stars.

Best known for the chart-topping crossover hits “Riki-Ch” and “Dance Dona”, Joey Pastrana had a special gift for singing songs in both English and Spanish. Along with other boogaloo luminaries like Pete Rodriguez and Joe Cuba; Joey Pastrana was responsible for introducing Latin music to many English speakers across America. With a wonderful and talented orchestra, Joey Pastrana paved the way for the new Latin music fusions that have come to be known as the Latin boogaloo.

A master of the timbales, Pastrana was also a brilliant singer known internationally for his energizing live performances. Honing his musical skills in his beloved New York City, Joey was enamored at an early age by the sights and sounds coming out of Spanish Harlem during the early sixties. Taking his cue from the R&B and Jazz that was popular at that time, Pastrana became a master of rolling rhythms that shook up hips in dance floors throughout the world. One of the top artists of the boogaloo/Latin soul era, Joey Pastrana’s music is regarded as one the most wonderful and exquisite examples of the world-famous New York Latin sound.

El bugalú adictivo de Joey Pastrana se convirtió en el ritmo latino favorito del año 1967.

En el momento que la canción “Rummors” hace su debut en las estaciones radiales de la ciudad de Nueva York, Joey Pastrana alcanza un éxito rotundo en los mercados de Norte y Latino América.

Mejor conocido por sus éxitos internacionales como“Riki- Chi” y “Dance Dona”, Joey Pastrana gozaba de una destreza natural para cantar en español y ingles. Junto a otros maestros del bugalú como Joe Cuba y Pete Rodríguez, Joey Pastrana se abrió camino en cotizado mercado anglosajón.

De descendencia puertorriqueña, Joey Pastrana comenzó su carrera en la ciudad de Nueva York durante la época dorada de la música bugalú y Latin Soul. Debuto en la escena de Manhattan con discos rítmicos que acentuaban la fusión de música latina con letras y melodías de la música popular como el Rock & Roll y el R&B. Discos como “Joey” acapararon la demanda del publico por un sonido Latino y moderno. Como si fuera poco, Joey fue consagrado como un ídolo por su estilo natural y sus facciones de chico callejero. Un clásico del bugalú, Joey Pastrana es uno de los gigantes de Fania.