Category: latin pop

On this day in music history: May 8, 1999 – “L…

On this day in music history: May 8, 1999 – “Livin’ La Vida Loca” by Ricky Martin hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 5 weeks. Written by Desmond Child and Draco “Robi” Rosa, it is the biggest US hit single for the Puerto Rican born Latin Pop star/actor. Having found his initial stardom as a member of the teen pop vocal group Menudo in the 80’s, Ricky Martin continues his career as an actor when he lands a role on the long running soap opera “General Hospital” beginning in 1994. During the same period, Martin has also maintained as successful career as a singer, scoring numerous hits in Latin America in the first half of the 90’s. By the late 90’s, Ricky sets his sights on breaking through in the US and the rest of the world. Martin turns to his former Menudo band mate Robi Rosa, who also penned Ricky’s international hit “La Copa De La Vida”. Rosa writes “Livin’ La Vida Loca” with veteran songwriter Desmond Child, best known for his work with Bon Jovi, KISS and Aerosmith. The duos demo recording of “Livin’ La Vida Loca” ends up being used as the master for the finished recording. After hearing the finished song, Martin is certain it will be the one that will take him to the next level of success. “Loca” is the first single released from Martin’s self-titled first English language album. Issued on March 23, 1999, just four weeks after his show stopping performance of “La Copa De La Vida” at the 41st Annual Grammy Awards, the single is an instant and massive hit. Entering the Hot 100 at #54 on April 17, 1999, it leaps to the top of the chart three weeks later. The song is also noteworthy for helping to kick off the Latin Pop phenomenon in the US, and is the first number one pop single to be recorded on the Pro Tools recording system, rather than on analog or digital recording tape. “Livin’ La Vida Loca” is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: April 30, 1955 -…

On this day in music history: April 30, 1955 – “Cherry Pink (And Apple Blossom White)” by Perez Prado And His Orchestra hits #1 on the Billboard Best Sellers chart for 10 weeks. Written by Louis Guglielmi, it is the biggest hit for the Cuban born bandleader known as “The King Of Mambo”. The song is featured in the John Sturges (“Bad Day At Black Rock”, “The Magnificent Seven”, “The Great Escape”) directed action/adventure film “Underwater!” starring Jane Russell and Richard Egan. Featuring trumpeter Billy Regis as the main soloist, the single sells nearly three million copies in the US alone. The song is covered by a number of different artists over the years including Chet Atkins, the James Last Orchestra, Bing Crosby, and The Ventures. Entering the Best sellers chart at #27 on March 5, 1955, it climbs to the top of the chart eight weeks later. “Cherry Pink (And Apple Blossom White)” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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Born on this day: September 10, 1945 – Singer,…

Born on this day: September 10, 1945 – Singer, songwriter and virtuoso guitarist José Feliciano (born José Montserrate Feliciano García in Lares, Puerto Rico). Happy 73rd Birthday, José!!

On this day in music history: August 3, 1996 -…

On this day in music history: August 3, 1996 – “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)” by Los del Río hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 14 weeks. Written by Rafael Ruiz Perdigones, Antonio Romero Monge and SWK, it is the biggest hit for the Latin Pop vocal duo from Dos Hermanas, Seville, Spain. Best friends since the age of 14, Rafael Ruiz and Antonio Romero begin performing together in the early 60’s. While touring South America in 1992, the duo attend a party in Caracas, Venezuela. During the evening, Ruiz and Romero notice a beautiful flamenco dancer. Speaking to her afterward, Ruiz tells the young woman, “give joy to your body, Macarena, for your body is there to give joy and good things”. The name refers to a neighborhood in Seville, named after a revered woman in Spain’s history. As a result, Macarena is also a popular girls name among Spaniards. The original version appears on their album “A Mi Me Gusta” in 1993, becoming hit in several Latin countries, and in Miami in the US. DJ Jammin Johnny Caride of radio station Power 96 begins to get requests during his gigs at the Baja Beach Club in Coconut Grove. Caride wants to spin the record on the air, but initially cannot, due to the stations policy only playing English language songs. Caride is able to persuade assistant program director Kid Curry to allow him to play it on the air once, at 1:30 am. Curry tells program director Frank Walsh about the song, who then requests a remix in English. Caride calls on his friends Carlos De Yarza and Mike Triay to quickly remix it. They write a new melody and English lyrics, recruiting jingle singer Patricia Alfaro to sing on the track. Once on the air at Power 96, public reaction is immediate. Dubbed the Bayside Boys after their Miami recording studio, they are deluged with offers from labels wanting to release the remix. Since Los del Rio are signed to BMG International, it is released by RCA Records on August 15, 1995. Once released, the song does not become a hit overnight. Entering the Hot 100 at #70 on September 2, 1995, it climbs as high as #45 holding in the lower half of the chart, before falling off at #71 eighteen weeks later. Off the Hot 100 for sixteen weeks, like Lazarus it suddenly rises from its dormant state when WKTU in New York adds the record. Re-entering the chart at #47 on July 6, 1996, it climbs to the top of the chart twelve weeks later, finally topping the chart in its 33rd week. “Macarena” makes Los del Rio unlikely international pop stars, with the music video featuring several beautiful young ladies performing the simple dance made up to go along with the song becoming a sensation. The song and dance are a worldwide phenomenon, becoming one of the biggest pop cultural phenomenons since “The Twist” in the 1960’s. In all, “Macarena” spends a record breaking 60 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, selling more than eleven million copies worldwide. “Macarena” is certified 4x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: May 8, 1999 – “L…

On this day in music history: May 8, 1999 – “Livin’ La Vida Loca” by Ricky Martin hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 5 weeks. Written by Desmond Child and Draco “Robi” Rosa, it is the biggest US hit single for the Puerto Rican born Latin Pop star/actor. Having found his initial stardom as a member of the teen pop vocal group Menudo in the 80’s, Ricky Martin continues his career as an actor when he lands a role on the long running soap opera “General Hospital” beginning in 1994. During the same period, Martin has also maintained as successful career as a singer, scoring numerous hits in Latin America in the first half of the 90’s. By the late 90’s, Ricky sets his sights on breaking through in the US and the rest of the world. Martin turns to his former Menudo band mate Robi Rosa, who also penned Ricky’s international hit “La Copa De La Vida”. Rosa writes “Livin’ La Vida Loca” with veteran songwriter Desmond Child, best known for his work with Bon Jovi, KISS and Aerosmith. The duos demo recording of “Livin’ La Vida Loca” ends up being used as the master for the finished recording. After hearing the finished song, Martin is certain it will be the one that will take him to the next level of success. “Loca” is the first single released from Martin’s self-titled first English language album. Issued on March 23, 1999, just four weeks after his show stopping performance of “La Copa De La Vida” at the 41st Annual Grammy Awards, the single is an instant and massive hit. Entering the Hot 100 at #54 on April 17, 1999, it leaps to the top of the chart three weeks later. The song is also noteworthy for helping to kick off the Latin Pop phenomenon in the US, and is the first number one pop single to be recorded on the Pro Tools recording system rather than on analog or digital recording tape. “Livin’ La Vida Loca” is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.