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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