Tony Pabón

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Tony Pabón
Birth nameJosé Antonio Pabón
Born(1939-03-06)March 6, 1939
San Juan, Puerto Rico
DiedJanuary 21, 2014(2014-01-21) (aged 74)
Genres Boogaloo
  • Singer
  • trumpeter
  • bandleader

Tony Pabón (March 6, 1939 in San Juan – January 21, 2014) was a Puerto Rican-born, New York raised, singer, trumpeter and bandleader influential in the development of boogaloo. [1]

His "Pete's Boogaloo", a tribute to Pete Rodriguez was the first boogaloo played on the radio. [2] His other well known tracks included the mambo "El Capitan", on the album La Protesta. [3]



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  1. Obituary Archived 2015-07-17 at the Wayback Machine "His father, Jose Antonio Pabon Sr., died during the Second World War and his Mom, Rosaura Colon Pabon, moved to the mainland U.S. when he was three (3) years old."
  2. George Torres -Encyclopedia of Latin American Popular Music 0313087946 2013- Page 55 "Other quintessential boogaloo songs were “I Like It Like That” written by Tony Pabon for Pete Rodriguez Orchestra, he also the lead vocalist in the song, another classic hit is “Pete's Boogaloo” by Tony Pabon, which was the first boogaloo played on the radio,"
  3. Mambo Kingdom: Latin Music in New York, 1926-1990 M Max Salazar Primero - 2002- Page 225 "On New Year's Day 1976, Tony Pabon almost died. The incident occurred a few ... hand, faced the dancers on the crowded dance floor and waited for the din to subside before tapping off" the mambo "El Capitan." His mouthpiece slowly found "