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Carlos Javier Rivera Masso (born June 13, 1969 in San Juan, Puerto Rico) is a Puerto Rican singer and actor. Masso is a former member of Menudo, joining the band at the height of Menudo's worldwide fame.He replaced Rene Farrait and quickly became a fan favorite with his participation on the albums of Por Amor and Una Aventura Llamada Menudo , which was the soundtrack of Menudo's second movie. Charlie recorded 14 albums with Menudo, two were nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album in 1984 and 85.
Masso began his life as a Menudo the very moment that one of Menudo's members of the group's "golden era," Farrait, left the group. However, Masso's presence helped extend the golden era an additional three years, and when he left the group in 1987, he was the last member of the group's golden years to leave. Masso was a member of Menudo during their most commercially successful period in the States, which included the group's highest-charting U.S. single, "Hold Me" (#62 on the Billboard Hot 100.) Masso's bandmates included Xavier Serbia, Johnny Lozada, Ricky Melendez, Miguel Cancel, Ray Reyes, Roy Rosselló, Robby Rosa and Ricky Martin, among others. He returned to Menudo to complete a tour in Brazil, their 1987 Summer in the Streets tour, after Robby Rosa quit the group, to introduce new member Ruben Gomez and for their last tour in the Philippines when Ralphy Rodriguez was pulled out of the group by his parents late that year.
In 1985 Menudo visited Manila, Philippines twice for their concert at the Folk Arts Theater, with several guest appearances on Eat Bulaga, Vilma in Person & GMA Supershow. Menudo's popularity in Philippines was helped with their fluency in many languages. This was expressed in Spanish, English and Filipino songs. In 1986, Charlie sang " Di Na Natuto", a Tagalog song to seranade a young Filipina. Charlie's duet with Lea Salonga, I Still Believe was a big hit in 1988-89.
After he left the band, Masso moved to Mexico for many years, where he showcased his acting in soap operas. He became married and had a family. In 1998 he was recruited by bandmate Ray Reyes while singing with a merengue orquesta, Grupo KAOS, and joined Melendez, Farrait, Lozada, Reyes and Cancel in touring many of the places where they had acquired millions of fans as Menudos, with El Reencuentro.
In 2001 he appeared in 12 Horas , a Puerto Rican movie written and directed by Raúl Marchand Sánchez.
Masso quit El Reencuentro during 2015 and joined Farrait, Cancel and Reyes in another Menudo-reunion band they named "Menudomania Forever".
1988- 89 with Lea Salonga I Still Believe
Masso has two sons, Charlie Jr. and Angel.
Menudo is a Puerto Rican boy band which was formed in 1977 by producer Edgardo Díaz. Menudo was one of the biggest Latin boy bands in history, releasing their first album in 1977. The band achieved much success, especially during the 1980s, becoming the most popular Latin American teen musical group of the era and selling some 20 million records worldwide. Referred to as the "Most Iconic Latino Pop Music Band", Menudo has been ranked as one of the Biggest Boy Bands of All Time by several publications, including Us Weekly, Seventeen, and Teen Vogue, being the only Latin band on their lists.
Edgardo Díaz is the creator of the "boy band" Menudo. The son of Puerto Ricans "Nacho" Diaz and his wife "Panchi", Díaz grew up in Caguas, Puerto Rico.
Rene Farrait Nieves is a Puerto Rican singer, actor, and former member of the boy band Menudo.
Ricky Meléndez is a Puerto Rican singer, lawyer and actor, best known for his tenures as a member of boy band Menudo and of El Reencuentro.
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Johnny Lozada Correa is a Puerto Rican singer, actor, host, and television personality.
Miguel Ángel Cancel Vázquez is a Puerto Rican singer, actor and retired police officer who began his career with the Puerto Rico-based boy band Menudo.
Ray Reyes León was a Puerto Rican singer who was a member of Menudo.
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Ralphy Rodríguez is a singer/songwriter, musician, producer, and former member of Menudo. He replaced Charlie Massó.
Sube a mi Motora is song by Menudo from their 1981 album Quiero Ser. It became arguably the album's most popular song, topping the charts in Puerto Rico, Mexico and Venezuela. It is considered by many Menudo fans to have been the group's best song ever and their signature song. Rene Farrait was the lead singer for this song.
Viva! Bravo! (1986) is Menudo's 20th album.
Refrescante is Menudo's 21st studio album released in 1986, featuring Charlie Massó, Robby Rosa, Ricky Martin, Raymond Acevedo, and Sergio Blass. These are the second and third albums this line-up recorded together and the last one with Ricky Martin. This also the first time the group recorded songs made by Brazilian composers, the single "Diga Sim" was written by Ed Willson and Carlos Colla, the song "Alegria" by Michael Sullivan and Paulo Massadas and "Cara ou Coroa" which version was made by Carlos Costa. In Brazil, the Portuguese version of the album was titled "Menudo", and was released 25 June 1986.
Roberto Alejandro Avellanet Negrón, known professionally as Robert Avellanet or Roberto Avellanet, is a Puerto Rican singer who was a member of Menudo. Avellanet's uncle is the famous Puerto Rican singer Chucho Avellanet.
Wilson "Rawy" Torres is a Puerto Rican singer, composer, and guitarist, who was a member of the boy band, Menudo.
A Todo Rock is Menudo's thirteenth album in Spanish. It features Ricky Meléndez, Johnny Lozada, Charlie Massó, and new members Ray Reyes, who replaced Xavier Serbiá after Xavier reached the age limit and Roy Rosselló, who replaced Miguel Cancel after Miguel decided to quit the group. This was the first time that a member decided to leave before his time was due. According to an interview made in 1998, Miguel was unhappy that he was not able to sing his songs after a sudden voice change and opted to leave before his scheduled departure, thus being replaced by Roy. This is the last album that Johnny Lozada recorded as a member of the group. Robby Rosa, sang in this album but was not credited for it. He later would become part of Menudo. The album was the first Menudo's album to sell over 1 million copies worldwide.
Menudo is an album released by Menudo in 1985. This is the third time the group release a self-titled album, the first one was in 1981, which was also released under the title Fuego. The second one was Menudo's 17th album released in 1985, featuring Charlie Massó, Roy Rosselló, Robby Rosa, Ricky Martin, and new member Raymond Acevedo. Raymond replaced Ray Reyes after Ray had to be forced to leave the group because of the numerous fights and misunderstandings between his father and the group's manager. According to Ray's brother, Raul Reyes, his brother's departure was anticipated. This album contains seven brand new songs plus three songs from their Evolución album translated into English. It also features their only song to reach the Billboard Hot 100: "Hold Me," which peaked at No. 62. A music video was released for this single. One of the band's most successful albums, Menudo features two members who went on to become highly successful international stars as solo artists: Ricky Martin and Robi Rosa.
Ayer Y Hoy is Menudo's 18th album released in 1985, featuring Charlie Massó, Roy Rosselló, Robby Rosa, Ricky Martin, and Raymond Acevedo. This is the second album that this line-up recorded together. Menudo's 19th album. This album is exactly the same as the Ayer Y Hoy album with all the songs translated into Portuguese. The album cover has the same picture as the "Ayer Y Hoy" album, but it is not exactly the same cover. The album peaked at #19 in the Billboard's Latin Pop Albums chart.
Evolución is Menudo's 16th album. This album features new member Ricky Martin. Ricky Martin replaced Ricky Meléndez, the last member to exit from the original line-up. Ricky Meléndez was nearing his 17th birthday when it was decided who was going to be his replacement. Ricky Martin wasn't their first choice. Tico Torres was the name of the kid that was already traveling with the group and being introduced as the new member of the group, but for unknown reasons it was decided to give Ricky Martin the position. This is also the last album Ray Reyes recorded as a member of the group. It received a nomination for a Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album. Ricky Martin sings lead vocal on "Rayo De Luna", one of the group's most popular songs of the era.
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