Tito Gómez (Puerto Rican singer)
|Birth name||Luis Alberto Gómez|
|Born||April 9, 1948|
|Origin||Juana Díaz, Puerto Rico|
|Died||June 11, 2007 (aged 59)|
His musical career started at the age of 15 singing with the Conjunto Antoanetti before joining the Sonora Ponceña as co-lead vocalist in 1967. In 1973 Ponceña trumpeter Joe Rodriguez, percussionist Mikey Ortiz and Gómez broke away and formed La Terrifica. Later, Gómez joined Ray Barretto's band sharing vocal duties with Ruben Blades most notably on the 1975 Barretto album. by Gómez and Ruben Blades. The following year he returned to La Sonora Ponceña where he remained for two years. In 1979 he moved to Venezuela to join La Amistad, a short-lived project with former members of La Dimension Latina. In 1982 he went solo once again and returned to Puerto Rico.
Solo career and death
Gómez's musical career came to a temporary end when he was convicted for transporting counterfeit money in the United States in 2000, serving time in a federal prison. Upon release in 2004 he relaunched his solo career. He was in the middle of a reunion tour of Colombia with Grupo Niche when he died of a heart attack on June 11, 2007 in Cali, Colombia.
- Biografías:Tito Gómez from the Puerto Rican Institute of Culture
- Los Angeles Times "Tito Gomez, 59; vocalist for popular salsa bands" June 14 2007
- Allmusic "Tito Gomez"
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