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About Johnny Pacheco

"El Maestro" Johnny Pacheco

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Johnny Pacheco is a legend in Latin music. Dominican musician, arranger, composer, producer, and bandleader of Cuban Music. He is one of the most influential figures in Latin music, best known for being the creator of the Fania All-Stars and Co-Founder of Fania Records, and for coining the term "Salsa" to denote the genre.


Pacheco is widely recognized as a salsa pioneer and innovator and is a 9-time Grammy nominee and was awarded the Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award by The Latin Recording Academy in 2005. 


For decades, Johnny Pacheco has been at the center of the Latin music universe. His nine Grammy nominations, ten Gold records and numerous awards pay tribute to his creative talent as composer, arranger, bandleader, and producer. Moreover, he is the pioneer of an unforgettable musical era that changed the face of tropical music history, the Fania All-Stars era. Throughout his 60-year involvement with the development of Latin music, Johnny Pacheco has received many kudos for his extraordinary genius. 


A little-known aspect to Johnny Pacheco's career is the fact of his being one of NY's most in demand recording studio musician's in the 1960's and 70's, recording on Billboard number one pop hits, Melanie's "Brand New Key," and Eydie Gorme's "Blame It On The Bossa Nova." He is a musician on recordings by Ethel Smith, Rene Hernandez, Tito Puente, Dioris Valladares, The Rascals, George Benson, Woody Herman, Marlena Shaw, Stan Kenton, McCoy Tyner, Johnny Lytle, Eroll Garner, Johnny Mandel, Max Roach, Jimmy Smith, Dick Hyman, Armando Peraza, Carlos Valdez, Conti Condoli, Bob Rosengarden, Shirley Scott, Kenny Burrell, Mongo Santamaria, Alegre All-Stars, Hugo Montenegro, Maynard Ferguson, and as needed for "The Tonight Show' Orchestra with Johnny Carson, under both Skitch Henderson and Doc Severensen. 


In November of 1998, he was inducted into the International Latin Music Hall of Fame. In 1997 he was the recipient of the Bobby Capo' Lifetime Achievement Award, awarded by NY Governor George Pataki. In 1996 the president of the Dominican Republic, Juaquin Balaguer bestowed him with the prestigious Presidential Medal of Honor. In addition, Pacheco was presented with the First International Dominican Artist Award from the distinguished Casandra Awards.  In June 1996, Johnny Pacheco was the first Latin music producer to receive the NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences) Governor's Award in New York City. In 2004, Johnny received ASCAP's prestigious Silver Pen Award. In 2013, his album with Celia Cruz "Celia & Johnny" (1974) was selected as one of the recordings to be added to the Library of Congress National Registry of Sound Recordings.  

A new album from Johnny! A never before released live album

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"JOHNNY PACHECO LIVE" 

JOHNNY PACHECO Y SU TUMBAO AÑEJO LIVE FEATURING HECTOR CASANOVA AND RAY VIERA


This never before released Live album recorded in NY in 2001 features all the great playing, ambiance, and fun of one of the legendary Johnny Pacheco live performances and features many of Johnny Pacheco’s Greatest Hits.Including: Cucala, Yo No Parle Vu France, Guaguanco Pa' El Que Sabe, Guiate, and many more. 



Johnny Pacheco Music ASCAP

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Among the many classic songs in Mr. Pacheco’s writer and/or publishing repertoire are:


Mi Gente - Héctor La Voe, Fania All-Stars

Quitate Tu - Fania All-Stars

Macho Cimarron - Fania All-Stars

El Numero 100 - Tito Puente

Acuyuye - Johnny Pacheco

El Guaba - Celia Cruz

Tararea Kumbayea - Celia Cruz

Estrellas de Fania - Fania All-Stars

El Rey De La Puntualidad - Héctor La Voe

Celia y Tito - Celia Cruz & Tito Puente

Coro Miyare - Fania All-Stars

El Guiro De Macorina - Pacheco y Su Charanga

Oyeme Mulata - Pacheco y Su Charanga

Celebrando El Numero Cien - Richie Ray y Bobby Cruz

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