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Daniel Santos (February 5, 1916 – November 27, 1992) was a singer and composer of boleros, and an overall performer of multiple Caribbean music genres, including guaracha, plena and rumba. Over the course of his career he adopted several names created by the public and became known as "El Jefe" and "El Inquieto Anacobero". Santos was born and raised in San Juan, where he began his education. When he was young his family moved to New York, where he resided until he was an adult. His artistic career began when he was contracted by the Trio Lirico, a Latin American trio that performed at social events. After briefly moving back to Puerto Rico he returned to Manhattan, where he worked in a nightclub and the Cuban Casino. On 1942, Santos was drafted by the United States military, and was assigned to serve as a part of the medical personnel working at World War II. Santos relocated to Havana, Cuba on 1946, where he obtained national success as a soloist. While in Cuba he joined the Sonora Matancera, and recorded several albums with the group. His participation with the group was followed by an international tour which focused on Latin American and the United States. On 1962, he abandoned Cuba and continued performing on several Latin American countries until his retirement. (more...)