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Willie Bobo

Primary Instrument: Percussion

Born: February 28, 1934 | Died: September 15, 1983    

Willie Bobo was one of the key players who fused influences from Latin soul, rock, and jazz in the late 1960s and 1970s. Willie went on to become an important band leader, whose music reflected the traditions of Spanish and Black Harlem.

Born William Correa of Puerto Rican parents, in 1934, Willie was raised in New York City. In 1947, he worked as a band boy for Machito’s Afro-Cubans, one of the most popular Latin music ensembles of the era. Late at night, during the last set, he was sometimes allowed to sit in on bongos, getting his first taste of performing on a bandstand in the company of world class musicians. Good fortune led him to the side of Cuban conga legend Ramon “Mongo” Santamaria, a recent arrival in the Big Apple from Havana. In exchange for his services as Mongo’s much needed translator, the fledgling percussionist received lessons in Afro-Cuban techniques from the master....
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Source: James Nadal

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    Hell Of An Act To Follow - Bobo

    Enja Records
    2009
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    Always There / The Groove

    Enja Records
    2007
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    Lost And Found

    Enja Records
    2006
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    Willie Bobo's Finest Hour

    Enja Records
    2003
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    Bobo's Beat

    Enja Records
    2003
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    It's Not Unusual

    Enja Records
    2001
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    Juicy

    Enja Records
    1998
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Verve Music Group (2003)
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