SONG OF THE DAY Johnny Colon – Merecumbe

Known and celebrated for his contributions to the boogaloo sounds of the 1960’s, Johnny Colon is an American musician born in ‘El Barrio’ New York City to parents of Puerto Rican heritage.  A multi-instrumentalist, he is a singer, bandleader, arranger, percussionist and trombone player who released his records throughout the 60’s and 70’s.

Together with his orchestra, The Johnny Colon Orchestra, his first success came in 1967 with the release of his debut album, Boogaloo Blues. He went on to release five albums over the period 1967-72, and in 1968 founded the East Harlem Music School, which still exists to this day!

Merecumbe is a fiery offering taken from his aptly named album, Hot! Hot! Hot! Caliente De Vicio, which was released in 1972 on Cotique Records – which (interestingly enough) was acquired by Fania Records in 1971.  It’s sultry intro builds up to this sublime melting pot of fluttering horns, thundering bass and rousing piano; not forgetting the vocals of course – they’re electric! This is definitely Hot! Hot Hot! Check it out above.

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