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.
The decade of the 60’s sparked a wave of interesting proposals and paradigms in the world of the arts scene. Technological development already beginning to provide some insight. Note the possibility of reaching conquer the moon, was as surprising as the global musical feat achieved by those four guys from Liverpool eccentric. And what if there were changes. The advanced music would definitely be another from those days. It was the prelude to a “Woodstock” revolving around a young generation of talent, that while remaining true to its Latin roots, well defined his musical concept as an authentic expression of New York’s Harlem. Thus arise Shingaling, Boogaloo and as a stream with clear elements of modern pop fused with an obvious air of Cuban rhythm.
In the atmosphere of the “Latin Soul” American, a group of young people had taken by assault a new musical haven with personality. Accordingly, the proposal would present a dance option as local interpretation. It insists that the inspiration of a “Guajira in Blue”. Anyhow, some of these novice musicians, who had nurtured the influences of the three great and classic Cuban bands of the 40’s and 50’s-sensed the need to bridge between the lilting Afro-Cuban rhythm, and the overwhelming American Pop movement, where the latter in particular its intention to focus on an attractive sense rhythm for dancing. The success rate was the product of his own form of dance. And this is not just a business axiom label. American blacks and Latinos in NYC descendants had found a common way to interpret their own rhythmic and vocal mix: the Boogaloo.
Joey Pastrana is one of those legendary guys blazing mid-late 60’s, directed his crew and band style to the modern interpretation of accent “Latin Soul” known as Boogaloo. It is likely that any set of NYC Salsa classic of that era could easily-and properly-interpret and execute the rudiments of Boogaloo, but not all clusters emerging genre of Boogaloo could do the same against Cuban rhythms usually addressed in the “Salsa”. However, Joey Pastrana would be an exception. He had maintained a discreet balance in his portrayal of both genders.
Maybe your “Rumbón Melon” has become one of the most widespread anthologies of traditional sound of NYC Salsa. Renowned musician and conductor Venezuelan Johnny Venues, in a radio interview said: “The appearance of the subjects ‘Mud’ and ‘Melon Rumbón’ set the guidelines of how he had to ‘sound’ NYC Salsa. From these themes, some are modern sets of New York (Salsa) followed this path: the type of sound, arrangements, accent, style, strength, etc “. Particularly I think this reflection Venues Johnny Maestro is worthy to be appreciated and valued in context.
|2011||El Barrio: The Ultimate Collection of Latin Boogaloo, Disco, Funk & Soul||Composer, Primary Artist|
|2009||The Soul of Spanish Harlem||Composer|
|2008||Boogaloo, Vol. 1||Composer, Primary Artist|
|2008||El Barrio: Back on the Streets of Spanish Harlem||Composer, Primary Artist|
|2008||Mojo Club Presents Dancefloor Jazz, Vol. 13: If You Want My Love||Primary Artist|
|2007||Latin Hot (Smoking Salsa & Sizzling Grooves)||Primary Artist|
|2007||Salsa Tribute to the Beatles||Primary Artist|
|2007||The Bad Boogaloo: The Nu Yorican Sounds 1966-1970||Composer, Primary Artist|
|2006||Boogaloos de Siempre: Fania||Primary Artist|
|2005||Playtime Latin Soul Boogaloo||Primary Artist|
|2003||Latin Soul: New York Barrio Grooves 1966-1972||Composer, Primary Artist|
|2003||NuYorican Funk Experience, Vol. 3||Composer, Primary Artist|
|2001||Jam Session Feeling||Composer, Performer, Primary Artist|
|2001||The NuYorican Funk Experience: Salsa Caliente de Nu York!||Composer, Primary Artist|
|2000||Broasted or Fried||Composer, Performer, Primary Artist|
|2000||Latino Beats: Latin Beat||Performer, Primary Artist|
|2000||The Crew||Composer, Performer, Primary Artist|
|1999||Swingstation||Sam “The Man” Taylor||Composer|
|1997||Maxi Salsa||Composer, Performer, Primary Artist|
|1993||Tesoros de la Musica Afrolatina, Vol. 7||Todos Estrellas||Composer, Performer, Primary Artist|
|1990||The Latin Vogue: Sequence One||Composer, Performer, Primary Artist|
|1983||60’s Gold||Composer, Performer, Primary Artist|
|1971||Let’s Ball||Joey Pastrana||Composer, Primary Artist|
|1970||Real Thing||Joey Pastrana||Composer, Director, Primary Artist, Timbales|
|196?||Soul of Machito||Machito||Composer|
|1969||Joey in P.R.||Joey Pastrana||Composer, Primary Artist|
|1968||Hot Pastrana||Joey Pastrana||Primary Artist|
|1967||Joey||Joey Pastrana||Composer, Primary Artist|
|1966||Joey en Carnavale||Joey Pastrana||Primary Artist|
|20 Best of Joey Pastrana||Joey Pastrana||Primary Artist|
|Girls Night Out – Latin Party||Primary Artist|
|Joey Pastrana, Vol. 1||Joey Pastrana||Primary Artist|
|Joey Pastrana, Vol. 2||Joey Pastrana||Primary Artist|
|Latin Groove Festival||Primary Artist|
|Latin Master Series: The Essence of Salsa||Primary Artist|