Legendary Johnny Pacheco, ‘The Godfather of Salsa’, dies in New York

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  • The legendary Johnny Pacheco, ‘The Godfather of salsa’, dies in New York, his relatives report on social networks
  • The co-founder of the record company Fania Records died this Monday afternoon of pneumonia
  • The sensitive death of Johnny Pacheco aroused the comments of many followers and lovers who recognize his legacy in Latin music

The legendary Johnny Pacheco, ‘The Godfather of Salsa’, dies in New York, his relatives report on social networks.

The family of the Dominican musician, Johnny Pacheco, who was co-founder of the Latin music record company Fania Records, reported his death this Monday afternoon.

‘The Godfather of Salsa’, as he was known in the musical medium, was admitted to a hospital in New York City because of pneumonia. His family had already reported on the delicate state of health in which the musician was and thanked the love and prayers on his behalf, EFE reported.

“With great pain in my soul and an emptiness in my heart I inform you that the teacher Johnny Pacheco passed away this afternoon with great peace. Thank you so much for all your prayers and all the love you always gave him. At this time we ask for privacy and prayers, ”their family members wrote on social networks.

Legendary Johnny Pacheco, ‘The Godfather of Salsa’, dies in New York

The sensitive passing of Johnny Pacheco aroused the comments of many fans and lovers who recognize his legacy in Latin music.

“DEP my dear friend and Master. Founder of Fania Records, Johnny Pacheco. Unique … “, wrote Willie Colón in his twitter account along with some photographs where the musician is seen in all his splendor.

Photo: Twitter

Singer Marc Anthony also said on his Facebook: “You were there for me from day one. Your sense of humor was contagious and I am forever grateful for your support, for the opportunity to be in your presence and for your wonderful legacy. “

“The scythe remains unstoppable. Now he has been Maestro Johnny Pacheco, the true musical brain behind the boom of the 70s, with Fania. His short orchestra, live, was second to none. Rest in peace, Pacheco! And thanks for so much rumba! “, The Venezuelan journalist also commented on Twitter. César Miguel Rondón.

“Without words …”, “Grande Johny Pacheco …”, “RIP one of the Greats”, were some of the comments.

Biography of Johnny Pacheco

The singer and songwriter of Puerto Rican origin Willie Colón also published a reaction on Twitter when they met the North. “Rest in peace my dear friend and Master. Founder of Fania Records, Johnny Pacheco. Unique… ”, he wrote.

Percussionist and composer, Johnny Pacheco was born on March 25, 1935 in Santiago de los Caballeros (Dominican Republic), but he was a New Yorker by adoption.

During his musical career he composed more than 150 songs, many of which became classics, such as “La Dicha Mía”, “Quitate Tu Pa’Ponerme Yo”, “Acuyuye” or “El Rey De La Puntualidad”.

While building a successful musical career, Johnny Pacheco produced several films that have helped popularize Latin music internationally, including “Los Reyes del Mambo” (1992), starring Spanish actor Antonio Banderas.

In addition, in 1999, he brought his musical knowledge to the theater, and collaborated in the creation of the musical “Who Killed Hector Lavoe”, which was very successful in New York.

His resume also includes the production of the song “Bailando Salsa” by the Spanish group Mecano (it reached half a million copies sold in a month after its release).

Throughout his life Johnny Pacheco was characterized by his commitment to the development of the Latino community around the world. In 1994 he established the Scholarship that bears his name and with which each year he helps financially a Latino student in his first year of university. EFE News

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