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Armando Bonilla Jr. (August 9, 1946 - November 16, 2002), known as Don Armando, was an American musician. He formed the Second Avenue Rhumba Band with vocalist Fonda Rae and scored a #1 hit on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart with "Deputy of Love"  in 1979. Bonilla was also a percussionist with Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band.
Armando "Sonny" Bonilla was born and raised in East Harlem, New York City, the eldest sibling of a family composed of five sons of a Puerto Rican father – Roman Armando Bonilla, the leader of the East Harlem Orchestra – and a Colombian mother. After completing a tour of duty with the United States Air Force, he graduated from New York University with a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, and later he acquired a Master's Degree from Columbia University. One of his younger brothers, Luis Bonilla, played congas on Larry Harlow's breakout album Heavy Smokin'. Another brother, Nestor, is also a professional percussionist.
He worked on Sesame Street, before joining Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band. He left in 1978 to form Don Armando’s 2nd Avenue Rhumba Band. He also worked as a session musician in New York. He wrote a treatment for a sitcom called "Cowboy Tito" while living in Hollywood and was producing a musical called "The Love of a Jukebox Hero". He co-wrote "Mambo Queen" with L.A. composer Aaron Loo. The Second Avenue Rhumba Band's song, "Goin' to a Showdown," and "Winter Love " was featured in the 1980 horror film Maniac.
- 1979 Don Armando's Second Avenue Rhumba Band (ZE Records)
- A1. Deputy Of Love
- A2. Compliment Your Leading Lady
- A3. Winter Love
- B1. Goin' To A Showdown
- B2. How To Handle A Woman
- B3. I'm An Indian Too
- B4. Para Ti/This Is Just For You
- Original Ze Label
- "Armando Bonilla, Jr. (Don Armando)", Variety, January 22, 2003. Retrieved 22 February 2017
- List of Number 1 Dance Hits (United States)
- List of artists who reached number one on the US Dance chart
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