Salsa music pioneer and co-founder of Vania Records Johnny Pacheco has passed away. Fania Records announced Pacheco’s death on Instagram Monday afternoon. He was 85 years old.
“He was much more than a musician, band leader, writer, coordinator, and producer, he was a visionary,” the post on Instagram said. “His music will live forever, and we are forever grateful that we were part of his wonderful journey.”
According to the Dominican Republic newspaper Diario Lieber, Pacheco died after being hospitalized with pneumonia.
Pacheco collaborated with Jerry Masucci to found Fania Records in 1964. Since its inception, record labels such as Celia Cruz, Larry Harlow, Ray Barreto, Bobby Valentine and others have helped them to stardom. Multi-instrumentalist and co-founder of Fania was also a nine-time Grammy candidate, compiling class names including Best Tropical Latino Performance and Best Latin Recording.
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The singer, known by a group of numbers including “Quimbara”, “Toro Mata” and “Mi Gente”, was born on March 25, 1935 in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. In 1946, Pacheco and his family moved to New York City, where he continued to nurture his love of music, eating a variety of musical instruments including the flute and accordion.
While in New York, Pacheco started his professional career by playing with Jill Suarez and teamed up with Eddie Palmery, Barry Rogers, The Santiago Family, Ray Santos and Mike Collazo to form the Chocholicos Boys. Years after meeting with other musicians including Charlie Palmery and Alegre Records Al Santiago, Pacheco met Masucci to form Fania Records.
While in Vanya, Pacheco recorded a live studio album featuring an impressive roster of salsa musicians, who will soon be known as Vania All Stars.
In 1996, Pacheco was awarded the Presidential Medal of Honor by former Dominican President Joaquin Baloger. Nine years later, the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences celebrated Pacheco by awarding him a Lifetime Achievement Award.
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