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Ray Barretto

Ray Barretto (April 29, 1929 – February 17, 2006) was an American conga drummer and bandleader of Puerto Rican ancestry. Throughout his career as a percussionist, he played a wide variety of Latin music styles, as well as Latin jazz. His first hit, "El Watusi", was recorded by his Charanga Moderna in 1962, becoming the most successful pachanga song in the United States. In the late 1960s, Barretto became one of the leading exponents of boogaloo and what would later be known as salsa. Nonetheless, many of Barretto's recordings would remain rooted in more traditional genres such as son cubano. A master of the descarga (improvised jam session), Barretto was a long-time member of the Fania All-Stars. His success continued into the 1970s with songs such as "Cocinando" and "Indestructible". His last album for Fania Records, Soy dichoso, was released in 1990. He then formed the New World Spirit jazz ensemble and continued to tour and record until his death in 2006.

Birth and Death Data: Born April 29, 1929 (Brooklyn), Died February 17, 2006 (Hackensack)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1952

Roles Represented in DAHR: bongos

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Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 83647 11/15/1952 In Veradero-1 Neal Hefti Orchestra instrumentalist, bongos  
Decca 83650 11/15/1952 Two for a nickel, three for a dime Neal Hefti Orchestra instrumentalist, bongos  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Barretto, Ray," accessed August 8, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/303230.

Barretto, Ray. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 8, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/303230.

"Barretto, Ray." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 8 August 2022.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/303230

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