Salsa idol Johnny Pacheco, who was a co-founder of Fania Data, Eddie Palmieri’s bandmate and backer of music stars akin to Ruben Blades, Willie Colon and Celia Cruz, has died aged 85.
He had been hospitalised in New York a couple of days earlier for pneumonia, his spouse, Maria Elena “Cuqui” Pacheco, mentioned on the artist’s Fb account.
Fania Data tweeted that the musician was “the person most chargeable for the style of salsa music. He was a visionary and his music will stay on eternally.”
In a put up on his social media, Blades mentioned that “Pacheco leaves us with an essential musical legacy, represented by all of the collaborations he made throughout his distinguished profession.”
Singer Marc Anthony lamented the lack of Pacheco, calling him “maestro of maestros” and a great good friend.
“Your sense of humour was contagious and I’m endlessly grateful to your help, for the chance to be in your presence and to your superb legacy,” Anthony wrote.
Pacheco was born March 25, 1935, within the Dominican Republic right into a household of musicians. Within the 1940s the household moved to New York, the place he taught himself to play accordion, violin, saxophone and clarinet and studied percussion at Juilliard.
In 1954 he shaped The Chuchulecos Boys with Palmieri on piano, Barry Rogers on trombone and different musicians who would acquire renown within the salsa scene, akin to Al Santiago, Mike Collazo and Ray Santos.
However the life-changing second got here in 1963, when Pacheco partnered with legal professional Jerry Masucci to discovered Fania Data.
Pacheco was the music director, composer, arranger and producer, overseeing the label’s style of music that got here to be often known as salsa – a combination of Cuban mambo, guaracha and chachacha, Puerto Rican rhythms and Dominican meringue. He obtained the Latin Recording Academy Music Excellence Award in 2005 and was nominated for a number of Grammys and Latin Grammys.
“His music and legacy will endure endlessly and proceed to encourage music creators world wide,” Gabriel Abaroa Junior, president and CEO of the Latin Recording Academy, mentioned in an announcement.
Pacheco is survived by his spouse and their 4 kids.