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RIP Johnny Pacheco

Posted: Tue Feb 16, 2021 11:48 am
by Bob Juch
Dominican musician, idol in world of salsa Johnny Pacheco dies at age 85

(AP) NEW YORK -- Salsa idol Johnny Pacheco, who was a co-founder of Fania Records, Eddie Palmieri's bandmate and backer of music stars such as Rubén Bladés, Willie Colón, and Celia Cruz, died Monday. He was 85.

He had been hospitalized in New York a few days earlier for pneumonia, his wife, Maria Elena "Cuqui" Pacheco, said on the artist's Facebook account.

Fania Records tweeted that the musician was "the man most responsible for the genre of salsa music. He was a visionary, and his music will live on eternally."