LeBrón Brothers

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The LeBron Brothers
Also known as LeBron Bros or Los Hermanos LeBron
Origin Aguadilla Puerto Rico
Genres Salsa music
Boogaloo
mambo cha cha
son montuno son
Years active 1965–present
Members Jose Lebron
Angel Lebron
Carlos Lebron
Frankie Lebron
Past members Pablo Lebron
Notable instruments
Piano,Bass, Bongo, Conga and Choirs

The LeBrón Brothers are a musical family born in Puerto Rico and raised in Brooklyn, New York. The brothers are Pablo, Jose, Angel, Carlos and Frankie.[1] They provide the vocals and rhythm section of the band. Members of the original band were Gabe Gil - alto sax, Tito Ocasio - Timbales, Hector LeBron - Congas, Eddie DeCupe - Trumpet, Elliot Rivera, vocals, Felix Rivera, trumpet. Frankie LeBron later replaced Frankie Rodriguez who replaced his cousin Hector LeBron on congas.

The brothers were born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico to Francisco LeBron Feliciano, who was born in Lares, P.R. and Julia LeBron Rosa Sosa, born in Aguada, P.R. but were raised in Brooklyn, New York.

They grew up in a musical environment. The eldest, Pablo, was part of a trio that went by the name of "Las Tres Monedas." Their sister Maria sang on radio shows in Puerto Rico before the family relocated to the U.S.A. The younger brothers formed their own rhythm and blues band at early ages. They performed in talent shows in Brooklyn. In 1966, they heard something that interested them over the radio. It was the "Boogaloo". The boogaloo was a mix of Latin rhythms with English lyrics. They were especially influenced by "The Joe Cuba Sextette" - a song called, "To Be With You" in particular. Jose gave up playing guitar and began playing piano. Angel went from Bass guitar to an upright bass {baby bass}. Carlos went from guitar to bongos and cowbell.

Early in 1967, Jose called Cotique Records, spoke to George Goldner and asked for an audition. The audition was set for the following week. George was impressed with their audition, but there was one problem — they had no original songs. George Goldner said he would return in one week and asked them to have some original songs ready that he could listen to. The brothers got together to see what could be done. Even though Jose had never composed a song before, he was elected to do the writing. In that one week, he managed to write eight songs. Pablo was asked by his brothers to do one song with them, and he decided to leave his own band {La Sonora Arecibena} and join his brothers. They recorded one week later. The LeBron Brothers' first album, "Psychedelic Goes Latin," was a huge success, and the band would end up recording 16 albums for the Cotique label.[2]

The LeBron Brothers brought their own style to the Latin genre, one that blended Motown soul and Latin rhythms. Their coros was more like soul group backgrounds

In 1970, Jose LeBron composed '"SALSA Y CONTROL," a song that is credited with helping to give a broad category of Latin music the name "salsa." [3] Up until then the mambo, son montuno, guaracha, guaguanco, cha cha cha etc. had no genre. "SALSA Y CONTROL" helped give this music the name that is now known and acknowledged worldwide. While this may sound good for salsa, it is not completely correct, the first group to use the name salsa was Cheo Marquetti y los salseros, a Cuban group in the late 50's but the term salsa was mainly adopted to represent a new combination of sounds and instruments in the late 60's..largely in connection with Fania and where a TERM was needed to be able to market the new sounds.

In 1982, Pablo Lebron suffered a stroke and was wheelchair-bound afterwards. On July 13, 2010, Pablo Lebron died.[4]

The LeBron Brothers are still active. They tour the world and in recent years have recorded number one songs such as SI ME PERMITE, CULEBRA, NO ME CELES, and COMPLICADOS. The LeBron Brothers won the 2012 award for best INTERNATIONAL SALSA BAND in Cali, Colombia .

Discography[edit]

The latest releases of the orchestra have been released as singles, in the city of Cali Colombia in this order, SI ME PERMITE, 2007 - VERDADERO GUAGUANCO, 2008 - COMPLICADOS - CULEBRA, 2009 - NO ME CELES, 2010–69 - QUE HACES AQUI 2012. Official Videos on YouTube Account of Jose LeBron http://www.youtube.com/user/JoseLeBronMusic] [5]

Psychedelic Goes Latin 1967 Boso
The Brooklyn Bums 1968 Fania/Cotique
I Believe 1969 Fania/Cotique
Brothers 1970 Fania/Cotique
Salsa y Control 1970 Fania/Cotique
Llegamos 1970 Fania/Cotique
Pablo 1971 Fania/Cotique
Picadillo a la Criolla 1971 Fania/Cotique
El La Union Esta La Fuerza 1972 Fania/Cotique
Asunto de Familia 1973 Fania/Cotique
Lebron 4 + 1 1974 Fania/Cotique
Distinto y Diferente 1976 Fania/Cotique
10th Aniversario 1977 Fania/Cotique
The New Horizon 1978 Fania/Cotique
La Ley 1980 Fania/Cotique
Hot Stuff (LeBron) 1980 Fania/Cotique
Criollo 1981 Fania/Cotique
Salsa LeBron 1986 Caiman Records
El Boso 1988 EAR
Cuidala 1989 Exclusivo
Paraiso con los LeBron... 1990 astroson Records
Lo Mejor 1992 Fania/Cotique
Ahora Te Toca A Ti... 1995 Boso Records
Lo Mistico... 1996 Fania/Cotique
35th Anniversary 2002 Exclusivo Records
Made in Colombia 2004 Exclusivo Records
40th Anniversary vol.1 2006 Exclusivo Records
40th Anniversary vol.2 2007 Exclusivo Records

Members[edit]

  • Jose LeBron - Piano, Vocals, Composition, Arrangement and Choir
  • Angel LeBron - Bass, Vocals, Composition, Arrangement
  • Carlos LeBron - Bongo, Percussionist, Bell, Vocals, Composition
  • Frank LeBron - Conga, Percussionist
  • Pablo LeBron - Vocals

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rodríguez, Nelson (1 March 2000). "Creciendo". Latin Beat Magazine 10 (2): 35. 
  2. ^ "Lebron Brothers, Criollo". Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Miguel Rondón, César (2008). The book of salsa : a chronicle of urban music from the Caribbean to New York City. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. p. 24. ISBN 978-0-8078-3129-8. 
  4. ^ "Falleció el cantante Pablo Lebrón". elespectador.com. 13 Jul 2010. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  5. ^ http://www.youtube.com/user/JoseLeBronMusic

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