Andy Montañez

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Andy Montañez
Birth name Andrés Montañez
Also known as El Godfather de la Salsa
El Niño De Trastalleres
Born (1942-05-07) May 7, 1942 (age 72)
Genres Salsa, Bolero
Years active 1962–present
Associated acts El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico
Dimension Latina
Ismael Miranda

Andrés Montañez (born May 7, 1942), better known as Andy Montañez, is a salsa singer from Puerto Rico.

Early life[edit]

Montañez is a native of the Tras Talleres area of Santurce, San Juan. He is known by the nicknames "El Godfather de la Salsa" and "El Niño De Trastalleres". He is the first born out of 17 children.

Musical career[edit]

Montañez first gained fame as a member of the internationally successful El Gran Combo group, with songs like "Hojas blancas" (White Leaves), "Un verano en N.Y." (A Summer in NY), "El barbero loco" (The Crazy Barber), "Julia", "Ponme el alcolado, Juana" (Rub Me With Alcohol), "Vagabundo" (Bum), "El Swing", etc. He stayed for approximately 15 years, producing 37 LPs. He left El Gran Combo to pursue a career with Venezuelan group La Dimension Latina creating a feud between the two groups. After leaving El Gran Combo, he enjoyed considerable success on an international scale with his own orchestra, touring Latin America and the United States several times. He represented Puerto Rico at the 1992 World's Fair in Seville, Spain.

Recent years[edit]

In recent years he had teamed up with fellow salsa singer Ismael Miranda to produce some boleros and bohemian music. By 2005-06 he began creating a new blend between salsa and reggaeton, called salsaton, along with rappers like Daddy Yankee and Julio Voltio. In 2007 he filmed various television advertisements on nutrition for the Puerto Rico Department of Family Affairs (including one in which he sang a rhumba to a dancing carrot).

On November 2, 2006, Montañez won his first Latin Grammy for Best Traditional Tropical Album, together with Pablo Milanés. Montañez was selected to form part of a benefit concert titled “Somos Haití”., where funds would be gathered to support Haiti after the 2008 hurricane season.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Two of Montañez's sons, Andy Jr. and Harold, have also gone on to become salsa singers and occasionally serve as back-up vocalists in his concerts.

Discography[edit]

El Gran Combo (1962–1976)[edit]

  • Meneame los Mangos (1962)
  • De Siempre (1963)
  • Acángana (1964)
  • Ojos Chinos-Jala Jala (1964)
  • El Caballo Pelotero (1965)
  • El Swing de El Gran Combo (1966)
  • En Navidad (1966)
  • Maldito Callo (1967)
  • Esos Ojitos Negros (1967)
  • Fiesta con El Gran Combo (1967)
  • Boogalaoos (1967)
  • Tú Querías Boogaloo?...Toma Boogaloo! (1967)
  • Pata-Pata, Jala Jala, Boogaloo (1967)
  • Tangos (1968)
  • Los Nenes Sicodélicos (1968)
  • Latin Power (1968)
  • Smile! It's (1968)
  • Éste Si Que Es (1969)
  • Estamos Primeros (1970)
  • De Punta a Punta (1971)
  • Por el Libro (1972)
  • En Acción (1973)
  • Número 5 (1973)
  • Disfrútelo Hasta el Cabo! (1974)
  • Número 7 (1975)
  • Los Sorullos (1975)
  • Mejor Que Nunca (1976)

La Dimensión Latina (1977–1980)[edit]

  • Los Generales de la Salsa (1977)
  • Inconquistable (1978)
  • Una Dimensión Desconocida (1978)
  • Tremenda Dimensión (1978)
  • Combinación Latina (1979)
  • En el Madison Square Garden (1980)

Y Su Orquesta (1980–present)[edit]

  • Salsa Con Caché (1980)
  • Para Ustedes...Con Sabor! (1981)
  • Sólo Boleros (1982)
  • Hoy...y Ayer (1982)
  • Tania y Andy (1984)
  • Versátil (1984)
  • Andy Montañez (1985)
  • Mejor Acompañado Que Nunca (1987)
  • El Eterno Enamorado (1988)
  • Todo Nuevo (1990)
  • El Catedrático de la Salsa (1991)
  • El Swing de Siempre (1992)
  • Cantando Voy Por el Mundo (1994)
  • Cuerda Para Rato
  • Producto de Exportación
  • Salsatón - Salsa con Reggaetón (2006)
  • El Godfather de la Salsa (2007)
  • Andy y Atabal (2008)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mariela Fullana Acosta (2008-10-09). "Solidario con el pueblo haitiano" (in Spanish). Primera Hora. Retrieved 2008-10-11. 

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