Marvin Santiago (December 26, 1947 – October 6, 2004) was a Puerto Rican salsa singer who became famous all across Latin America during the 1970s. He was also a part-time comedian on Puerto Rican television.
Santiago was born in the Santurce district of San Juan, Puerto Rico. In his younger years Santiago lived between the Bólivar and Sánchez streets in the Parada 22 area of Santurce. At the age of 13, Santiago and his family moved to the Nemesio Canales public housing project where he was eventually nicknamed “El Grifo de Canales” (“The kinky-haired, fair-skinned-one of Canales”) by close friends and fans. Santiago was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at a young age.
During his youth, Santiago would participate in jam sessions in his neighborhood as well as in school. His first professional job as a singer was in 1966 with Roberto Valdés group “Los Trotamundos“.
Upon a recommendation from conga player Celso Clemente, famed Puerto Rican composer Tite Curet Alonso met Santiago and brought him to an audition for Rafael Cortijo’s group. Santiago was hired to sing with Cortijo’s group and in three weeks time learned the bands repertoire and started touring with them throughout Dominican Republic, New York City and Chicago. On an impulse, Santiago decided to stay in Chicago. During breaks from Cortijo’s group, Santiago played with local bands “Gilberto Y Su Sexteto” & “La Sonora De Felipe Rodríguez“.
Santiago’s first recorded tracks appeared on Rafael Cortijo Y Su Bonche’s album “Ahí Na Má! Put It There“, released in 1968. Two of the tracks recorded where Santiago provided lead vocals, “Vasos En Colores” and “La Campana Del Lechón”, were later recorded by Santiago as a solo artist. Santiago provided background vocals on other tracks from the album.
In 1969 Santiago left Chicago and returned to Puerto Rico where he joined Johnny “El Bravo” López’s group and toured with them briefly. On one engagement with López in Coamo, Puerto Rico, Santiago met Roberto Angleró and offered his services as a backup singer if he ever needed one. Soon after that meeting, Angleró needed a background singer and called López to see if he could lend Santiago to do some background vocals for his group and López told Angleró “you can keep him if you want to”. Santiago joined Angleró’s group and in 1970 recorded an album with them. The album had a minor hit with the track “Chán Con Chán”. The track “Salao” from the album was later recorded as “Safa Diablo” by Bobby Valentín’s group with Santiago on lead vocals. Another track from the album, “El Pantalón”, was later recorded as “El Filo Del Pantalón” by Santiago as a solo artist.
Late in 1970 Bobby Valentín, another type 1 diabetic, hired Santiago as the lead singer of his band after Frankie Hernández left his group. Valentin was one of the original members of the Fania All-Stars, an exclusive Salsa conglomerate of Fania Records musicians that showcased other performers such as Celia Cruz, Rubén Blades, Hector Lavoe, Roberto Roena and many others. Santiago would become an impromptu member of the group, and later a member in his own right.
Santiago’s first recording with Valentin’s group was the album “Rompecabezas”, released in 1971. The songs “Amolador”, “Beso Borracho”, “Papel De Payaso” & “Vete Pa’ llá” were big hits from that album.
Santiago’s second recording with Valentin’s group was the album “Soy Boricua”, released in 1972. Many considered the album a classic and the title track, written by Roberto Angleró, an informal patriotic anthem for Puerto Ricans. The album’s title song, and the Curet Alonso written “Pirata De La Mar”, became major international hits.
Santiago was part of the band when Valentín played a concert at the Río Piedras State Penitentiary. The concert was recorded and released as two separate albums in 1975.“Préstame Tu Caballo & “Dos Soneros” were the most popular tracks performed by Santiago on the recording.
On Valentín’s 1976 album, “Afuera”, Santiago had a few hits. Among them “Son Son Chararí” (Written by Angleró) and “El Jíbaro Y La Naturaleza”. The latter a nostalgia/protest song with environmental overtones, which featured Fania All-Stars member Barry Rogers in a trombone solo. Valentín was forced to drop Santiago off his band due to Santiago’s drug addiction at the time.
Puerto Rico All Stars
Late in 1976, Santiago provided background vocals and was the lead singer for the track “Los Tambores” on Puerto Rico All Stars self-titled first album. Puerto Rico All Stars featured Puerto Rican musicians exclusively and was a rival to NY based Fania All-Stars.
In 1977 Santiago recorded and released his first solo album “De Los Soneros”. Tito Valentín and Wito Morales produced the album. The recording had the hits “Al Revés” & “De Los Soneros”.
After that album, Santiago joined Tommy Olivencia’s group for about a year and recorded tracks destined to appear on Olivencia’s album “Sweat Trumpet Hot “Salsa””. During the recording sessions Olivencia found out that Santiago was still under contract with his previous label and had Simón Pérez re–record Santiago’s vocals. Three tracks from those sessions with Santiago’s vocals, “Que Dichoso Es”, “La Pela” & “Del Montón”, later appeared on Santiago’s compilation “15 Éxitos De Marvin Santiago” released by TH Records in 1984.
Famous arranger and producer Jorge Millet knew Santiago well and their friendship could be traced back to the late 1960s when they met while both lived in the city of Chicago. Millet was aware of Santiago’s potential and as a friend wanted to lend him a helping hand by giving him the opportunity to record as a solo artist. As producer and talent scout for TH Records, Millet was able to provide the arrangements, musicians and artwork for Santiago’s debut album with the label. The album, “Fuego A La Jicotea“, was released in 1979. The album was very successful and considered a classic for many music fans. The album’s title track, written by Cortijo, was a major hit in Puerto Rico and Venezuela. The song was a thinly-veiled ode to marijuana. Santiago’s remake of a song from his days in Cortijo, “Vasos En Colores”, was also a major hit from the album and remained in his live repertoire throughout his career. Other hits from the album were “La Picúa”, a veiled homage to the female anatomy, and “El Mangoneo” (a Mozambique very much in the style of Cortijo’s “Sorongo”).
Santiago’s follow-up album, “Caliente Y Explosivo”, was another success. It also had Millet as arranger, piano player and musical director. Millet also designed the cover art for this album. The album contained the hits “Al Son De La Lata Baila El Chorizo” (Originally played by Ismael Rivera when he was part of Cortijo Y Su Combo), “El Tiburón De Agua Dulce” (Written by Millet and the longest studio track Santiago ever recorded at just over seven minutes with an amazing piano solo by Millet), “La Buruquena De Doña Inés” & “Esta Noche Sale El Lobo”.
Many of the songs in Santiago’s solo albums were fast paced, full of intensity and laden with humor and double entendres. Santiago was a master improviser that used “soneos” (rhyming verses common to Salsa music) with a strong sense of alliteration, consonance and rhythm that was described once by Rubén Blades this way: “(Rhythm-wise) Marvin is capable of fitting a Mack truck into a parking space where a Volkswagen Beetle won’t fit.” He also used strong Puerto Rican figures of speech and slang that eventually granted him the moniker of “El Sonero del Pueblo”.
Drug Arrest And Sentence
In 1980, at the height of his popularity, Santiago was arrested and imprisoned for cocaine possession. He served in prison a little over five out of the ten years he was sentenced due to good behavior. Ruben Blades visited Santiago while in prison something for which Santiago was eternally grateful to Blades.
Shortly after he entered prison, Santiago became a born-again Christian and stopped using drugs. As part of his rehabilitation program, Santiago became the director of a group of prisoners that dedicated their efforts towards drug prevention awareness programs (Confinados En Acción Y Prevención). Santiago went to universities and public schools to give talks about drug prevention.
In July 1981 Millet died from a massive heart attack. Santiago was allowed a prison pass to attend the funeral home where Millet’s body rested and pay respects to his friend.
In late 1981, Santiago released the album “Adentro” (“Inside”). The title of the album referred to the fact that Santiago was in prison. The album was recorded live at the Bayamón regional jail and the vocals were later overdubbed in a makeshift studio at the jail. A minor hit from the album was “Auditorio Azul” (Based on the fact that prison uniforms at that facility were blue in color).
In 1982, Santiago was invited and participated on the Third Penitentiary Theater Festival held in Venezuela.
Santiago recorded three more studio albums while serving his sentence. The albums were not received as well as previous albums due to a combination of factors. Among those factors were; arrangements that were not at the same level as the ones provided by Millet produced albums, Santiago’s spiritual reawakening and the considerably cleaned up lyrics on his later work, something that his hardcore fans did not approve of, and the surge of merengue groups such as the Puerto Rico-based Conjunto Quisqueya and Freddie Kenton Orchestra, as well as new local talent such as Eddie Santiago, Gilberto Santa Rosa, and Frankie Ruiz who popularized the so-called “Romantic Salsa”, which eventually displaced more urban-based subject matter in Salsa songs.
Santiago played several shows outside prison while he served his sentence. Santiago earned over $100,000 from those presentations. By the time he left prison, the bank account holding the earnings of his presentations while in prison had about $2,500 left. Shortly after Santiago found out, he divorced his wife.
Even though Santiago’s fame waned a bit by the time he finished his prison sentence, he was able to keep a busy schedule by touring in Puerto Rico and other Latin American countries.
Santiago also appeared on Puerto Rican TV several times, often as a comedian in Luisito Vigoreaux’s produced TV shows.
Santiago rejoined Valentín in 1991 to record new versions of old songs he did with Valentín for a CD commemorating Valentín’s 25th anniversary in the music business. Santiago also participated on a concert celebrating Valentín’s 25th anniversary, later released on DVD.
Santiago last studio album with Valentín, “Donde Lo Dejamos”, was released in 1992. By this release it was noticeable that Santiago’s voice was starting to fade and becoming hoarse and raspy due to poor vocal coaching.
In 1999, the House of Representatives of Puerto Rico had a tribute at the Capitol Building to honor Santiago’s musical career.
In 2000, Santiago participated on the theater play “El Hospitalillo” at the Carmen Delia Dipiní Theater gathering critical acclaim.
In August 2000, Santiago participated in Tommy Olivencia’s 40th anniversary celebration as a bandleader at the Tito Puente amphitheater, in San Juan, P.R. The concert was recorded and released on CD the following year.
In July 2001, a few of his musical colleagues organized a tribute concert to Santiago. The concert was held at the Tito Puente amphitheater and some of the performers sharing the stage with Santiago were Vitín Avilés, Carlos “Cano” Estremera, Meñique, Guillo Rivera & Luigi Texidor
In 2002 Santiago joined the all-star roster of singers and musicians that took part of Bobby Valentin’s 35th anniversary live concert held at the Río Piedras State Penitentiary. Among the all-star lineup were Rubén Blades, Cheo Feliciano, Pedro Guzmán, Giovanni Hidalgo, Papo Lucca, Roberto Roena & Luigi Texidor. The concert was filmed and released on DVD.
For a few years until early 2003, Santiago shared a popular radio program every Saturday night with JC “El Babalao” Cordero. The program, “Salsa Gorda”, featured Salsa music from the 1970s and 1980s.
In March 2004 a tribute concert was held at the Tito Puente amphitheater, in San Juan, P.R. by several musicians to celebrate Santiago’s musical career. Among the performers were Luisito Carrión, Oscar D’León, Elías Lopes, Andy Montañez, Luis “Perico” Ortíz & Domingo Quiñones. The concert was filmed and released on CD and DVD.
In May 2004 Santiago was part of the singers and musical colleagues that participated on a tribute concert dedicated to the 45th anniversary of Tommy Olivencia musical career.
Santiago, who adopted Marvin Hagler’s “Marvelous” nickname (both because of their common first name and the fact that, at one time, his head was shaved bald like Hagler’s), had begun conversations to join a Fania All-Stars comeback as a tribute to Celia Cruz by the summer of 2004, but then, he became severely ill.
Santiago’s diabetes started taking a toll on his health during the 1990s. In October 1996 Santiago had his right leg amputated after having three toes amputated in three separate occasions a few months earlier. He also started having problems with his sight. In November 2002 Santiago suffered two heart attacks followed by a major kidney failure in February 2003. After the kidney failure incident, Santiago had to undergo dialysis treatment. Santiago’s name was placed on a waiting list for a kidney transplant but was not able to get a donor. Santiago lost vision from one eye and suffered severe kidney, heart and liver damage on the weeks prior to his death. On the afternoon of October 6, 2004 after many years of health issues, Santiago died at the San Pablo Hospital in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. His funeral was well attended by the public and music friends, with his brother Billyván paying a Plena tribute to Marvin.
In the Villa Palmeras neighborhood in Santurce, there is a square named “Plaza De Los Salseros” honoring the memory of distinguished Salsa music luminaries. In December 2009, a bust (Sculpture) of Santiago and a plaque were added to honor his music legacy. Other artists honored in the square are Rafael Cortijo, Héctor Lavoe, Tommy Olivencia, Tito Puente, Ismael Rivera and Pellín Rodríguez.
Santiago left a legacy of songs still heard and popular phrases still in current use in Puerto Rico. One phrase was an affirmation: “¡O-fi-cial!”. Another was a stream of references to Puerto Rican towns: “¡Baya-móntate, Barran-quítate, Vega Bájate, Ad-júntate!”, roughly translated to “get on, get out of the way, get down, get together!”, mentioned along the names of Bayamón, Barranquitas, Vega Baja and Adjuntas. A third one was: “¡Linda Melodía!” (Beautiful Melody!), which he uttered when a musical arrangement was particularly complex or remarkable.
He also used code phrases to refer to drugs: “¡Guayacol, con uña rallá!” was his code phrase for cocaine, and “¡Acetileno!” his reference for heroin. After his religious conversion, however, Marvin affirmed that the only substance in his life from that moment on, besides the insulin he needed daily for his diabetes, was “Cristomicina”, a portmanteau of the name of Christ and erythromycin.
|Artist||Títle||Release Year||Record Label|
|Roberto Angleró Y Su Combo Candela||Rosa Blanca/Chan Con Chan||1970||GEMA 1662|
|Bobby Valentín||Pobre Soy/Copas De Soledad||1971||FANIA 600|
|Bobby Valentín||Beso Borracho/Papel De Payaso||1971||FANIA 608|
|Bobby Valentín||Vete Pa’lla/Besos Brujos||1971||FANIA 629|
|Bobby Valentín||Soy Boricua/Aquella Mujer||1972||FANIA 654|
|Bobby Valentín||Guaraguao/Cuando Te Vea||1974||FANIA 684|
|Bobby Valentín||Safa Diablo/Siempre Junto A Tí||1974||FANIA 717|
|Bobby Valentín||Bella Mujer/ Porque Te Fuiste||1974||FANIA 728|
|Marvin Santiago||Mujer De Cabaret/Caliplena||1977||Discologro 210|
|Marvin Santiago||De Los Soneros/Novia Mía||1977||Discologro 712|
|Marvin Santiago||Fuego A La Jicotea/Si Dios Me Quita La Vida||1979||THS-527|
|Marvin Santiago||El Mangoneo/Me Mata O Lo Mato||1979||THS-538|
|La Solución/Marvin Santiago||Una Canita Al Aire/Estaca De Guayacán||1981||TH-709|
|Marvin Santiago||Me Está Que Se Hace/Sonará Una Voz||1982||TH-799|
|Marvin Santiago||La Campana Del Lechón/El Aroma||1982||TH-814|
|Marvin Santiago||El Regreso De Mambrú/Explicame Tú||1987||TH-1246|
|Marvin Santiago||Corazón Desesperado/Aquella Primera Noche||1988||TH-1396|
|Artist||Títle||Release Year||Record Label|
|Rafael Cortijo y Su Bonche||Ahí Na Má! Put It There||1968||Tico Records TSLP-1183|
|Roberto Angleró Y Su Combo||Roberto Angleró Y Su Combo||1970||GEMA Records LPGS-3088|
|Bobby Valentín||Rompecabezas||1971||FANIA LP 00418|
|Bobby Valentín||Soy Boricua||1972||FANIA LP 00439|
|Bobby Valentín||Rey Del Bajo||1974||FANIA LP 00457|
|Bobby Valentín||In Motion||1974||FANIA LP 00469|
|Bobby Valentín||Va A La Cárcel Vol.1||1975||Bronco SLP 00101|
|Bobby Valentín||Va A La Cárcel Vol.2||1975||Bronco SLP 00102|
|Bobby Valentín||Afuera||1976||Bronco SLP 00104|
|Puerto Rico All Stars||Puerto Rico All Stars||1976||PRAS Records LP-1976|
|Marvin Santiago||De Los Soneros Vol. 1||1977||Discologro LP 00712|
|Marvin Santiago||Fuego A La Jicotea||1979||TH Records THS-2061|
|Marvin Santiago||Caliente Y Explosivo!||1980||TH Records THS-2089|
|Marvin Santiago||Adentro: En Vivo Desde La Cárcel Regional De Bayamón||1981||TH Records TH 2148|
|Various Artists||Primer Concierto De La Familia TH||1981||TH Records TH-AMF 2154|
|Marvin Santiago||El Hijo Del Pueblo||1982||TH Records TH-AMF 2210|
|Various Artists||Segundo Concierto De La Familia TH||1983||TH Records TH-AMF 2244|
|Marvin Santiago||15 Éxitos De Marvin Santiago||1984||TH Records TH-AMF 2289|
|Marvin Santiago||El Sonero Del Pueblo||1985||TH Records TH-AMF 2326|
|Marvin Santiago||Oficial! Y Ahora… Con Tremenda Pinta!||1986||TH Records TH-AMF 2433|
|Marvin Santiago||Bregando Con Lo Mejor||1988||TH Records TH-2539|
|Marvin Santiago||El Filo Del Pantalón||1990||TH Records TH-2748|
|Bobby Valentín||25 Aniversario Del Rey Del Bajo||1991||Bronco SO-2509|
|Bobby Valentín||Donde Lo Dejamos||1992||Bronco 163|
|Marvin Santiago||Oficial||1995||Parcha 2008|
|Grupo Mapeyé||Parrandas Que Llegan||1999||Max 72248|
|Tommy Olivencia||40 Aniversario||2001||AJ Records 1176|
|Bobby Valentín||35° Aniversario En Vivo – Vuelve A La Cárcel||2002||Bronco 171|
|Jazz Hamilton y las Estrellas del Pueblo||Las Estrellas Del Pueblo||2004||Roosevelt Records 2004|
|Puerto Rican Masters||Tributo Al Sonero Del Pueblo: Marvin Santiago||2005||AJ Records AJ-71440|
|Artist||Títle||Release Year||Record Label|
|Bobby Valentín||Bobby’s Best||1977||FANIA LP 00507|
|Various Artists||Jerry Masucci Presents Salsa Greats Vol. 2||1978||FANIA JM 524|
|Bobby Valentín||Marvin Santiago & Bobby Valentín||1980||FANIA JM 563|
|Various Artists||Jerry Masucci Presents Salsa Greats Volume III||1980||FANIA JM 571|
|Various Artists||Bailables Del Año Vol. 1||1982||TH Records TH-2218|
|Various Artists||Bailables Del Año Vol. 2||1983||TH Records TH-AMF 2266|
|Various Artists||Bailables Del Año||1984||TH Records TH-AMF 2313|
|Various Artists||Bailables Del Año Vol. 5||1986||TH Records TH-2437|
|Marvin Santiago||Éxitos Volumen 1||1986||TH CD/102|
|Various Artists||Bailables Del Año Vol. 6||1987||TH Records TH-2493|
|Various Artists||Juntos Pa’ Gozá..!||1988||TH Records TH-2549|
|Marvin Santiago||Sonero De Verdad||1989||TH Records TH-2598|
|Marvin Santiago||Super Éxitos||1990||TH Records TH-1074|
|Various Artists||La Década De La Salsa 1980-1990 Los Diez Años Que Pusieron A Bailar Al Mundo||1990||TH Records TH-2791|
|Various Artists||Tesoro Romántico||1992||Musica Latina International 62|
|Various Artists||Los Soneros De Siempre||1994||FANIA JM 679|
|Various Artists||FANIA Records 1964-1994 30 Great Years Volume 1||1994||FANIA JM 702|
|Marvin Santiago||Oro Salsero 20 Éxitos||1994||Rodven-3128|
|Various Artists||Pura Salsa||1994||PSM 520557|
|Various Artists||Salsa Explosiva||1994||K-Tel 6105|
|Various Artists||Soneros Con Clave||1995||Bronco 165|
|Various Artists||Lo Mejor De Roven 15 Años De Éxitos||1996||TH Records TH-3255|
|Marvin Santiago||Fuego||1997||Rodven/Polygram 537942|
|Various Artists||Lo Mejor De Lo Mejor Oro Salsero||1998||T.H. Rodven 559765|
|Various Artists||Lo Mejor De La Música Tropical||1998||PSM 520428|
|Marvin Santiago||Antologia Tropical||1999||Rodven 531857|
|Marvin Santiago||Serie Sensacional: La Sensación De Marvin Santiago||2000||Universal Music Latino 964|
|Various Artists||Se Botó La Salsa Vol. 2||2000||Universal Venezuela 539601|
|Various Artists||Muchos Mas Recuerdos Románticos Volume 3||2000||FANIA 724|
|Various Artists||Salsa De Primera Clase Seis Grandes De Puerto Rico||2000||Protel 160056|
|Various Artists||Salsa De Primera Clase Grandes Soneros||2000||Protel 160068|
|Various Artists||Salsa Con To’ Los Hierros||2001||Protel 160090|
|Bobby Valentín||Many Sides||2001||FANIA 736|
|Various Artists||Soneros De Acero Vol. 1||2001||Universal 013808|
|Marvin Santiago||Feeling’s||2001||Universal 3145379422|
|Various Artists||Salsa! 15 Hot Salsa Dance Classics||2001||Universal 731454437028|
|Various Artists||Aquí Está La Salsa||2001||Platano Records 155137|
|Marvin Santiago||Leyendas Da La Salsa||2001||Eurotropical ET009048|
|Various Artists||Voces Del Milenio Salsa||2002||A.J. Records 71159|
|Various Artists||Old School Salsa Classics, Vol.1||2002||Universal 018295|
|Various Artists||Old School Salsa Classics, Vol. 2||2002||Universal 018296|
|Various Artists||Los Hits Gordos Del Guateque||2002||Universal D44006823928|
|Marvin Santiago||32 Serie||2003||Universal 980 957-8|
|Various Artists||Pure Salsa||2003||Platinum Disc 2818|
|Various Artists||Los Maestros De La Salsa Y El Son Montuno Vol 2||2003||Universal|
|Marvin Santiago||Aniversario||2003||Sony 8 54774 64221 4|
|Marvin Santiago||Éxitos Eternos||2004||Universal B0003838-02|
|Various Artists||Aqui Esta La Salsa||2004||Universal 2498250358|
|Various Artists||Old School Salsa Classics Vol. 5||2005||Universal 880183|
|Various Artists||Old School Original Salsa Classics Deluxe Box||2005||Universal 000584602|
|Various Artists||Salsahits ’06||2005||J & N Records 96779|
|Various Artists||The Essential Guide To Salsa||2005||The Essential Guide 303|
|Various Artists||FANIA Soneros De Siempre||2006||Universal 653075|
|Various Artists||Lo Mejor De Pura Salsa||2006||Universal 653448|
|Various Artists||Salsa Gorda, Vol. 1||2006||Disco Hit 2154|
|Marvin Santiago||Pura Salsa: A Ritmo De Marvin Santiago||2006||Universal/Rodven 701519|
|Various Artists||The Gringo Guide To Salsa||2006||Universal 853336|
|Various Artists||The Greatest Salsa Ever, Vol. 1||2006||Universal 985764|
|Various Artists||The Greatest Salsa Ever, Vol. 2||2006||Universal 751102|
|Various Artists||FANIA Signature Volume I: Hot Salsa||2007||FANIA/Emusica 773 130 176 2|
|Various Artists||FANIA Signature Volume IV: Hard Salsa||2007||FANIA/Emusica 773 130 179 2|
|Bobby Valentín||La Herencia||2007||FANIA/Emusica 773 130 242 2|
|Various Artists||Leyendas De La FANIA, Volume 2||2007||FANIA Código 507014|
|Various Artists||Leyendas De La FANIA, Volume 4||2007||FANIA/Emusica 773 130 280 2|
|Various Artists||The Greatest Salsa Ever, Vol. 3||2007||Universal 919202|
|Various Artists||Sun, Sand And Salsa||2007||Universal 174155|
|Various Artists||Lo Mejor De Pura Salsa Vol. 2||2007||Universal 653477|
|Various Artists||20th Century Masters: Best Of Salsa Vol. 1 The Millennium Collection||2007||Universal 9848449|
|Various Artists||20th Century Masters: Best Of Salsa Vol. 2 The Millennium Collection||2007||Universal 9848450|
|Marvin Santiago||La Historia… Mis Éxitos||2007||Vene Music VENM 6535202|
|Marvin Santiago||The Greatest Salsa Ever||2008||Universal 766308|
|Various Artists||Concierto De Amor||2008||FANIA/Emusica 773 130 334 2|
|Bobby Valentín||Greatest Hits||2008||FANIA/Emusica 773 130 341 2|
|Various Artists||FANIA Tropical Legends||2008||FANIA/Emusica 773 130 393 2|
|Bobby Valentín||Historia De La Salsa||2009||FANIA/Emusica 773 130 465 2|
|Various Artists||Tite Curet Alonso Alma De Poeta||2009||FANIA Código 507003|
|Marvin Santiago||Oro Salsero 15 Éxitos||2010||Universal/Machete 751291|
|Puerto Rico All Stars||35th Anniversary – 15 Greatest Hits||2011||Combo 2139|
|Marvin Santiago||Leyendas De La Salsa||8 54774 64270 2|
|Pedro Conga Marvin Santiago||Super Duelo Musical Vol. 2||Salsoso CD-4194B|
|Bobby Valentín||35° Aniversario En Vivo – Vuelve A La Cárcel||2003||Bronco 173 DVD|
|Bobby Valentín||En Vivo Desde Bellas Artes||2004||Bronco 174 DVD|
|Puerto Rican Masters||Tributo Al Sonero Del Pueblo: Marvin Santiago||2005||Universal Music Latino 371439|
|Marvin Santiago||El Sonero Del Pueblo Vida Y Obra||2005||Shangai 1011 DVD|