Song:La Salsa Vive
Album:Lo Mejor de Tito Nieves
Singer Tito Nieves was a big star in Puerto Rico for about three decades. He was known as El Pavarotti de la Salsa. He was born Humberto Nieves June 4, 1958 in the San Juan district of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. I assume Tito was a childhood nickname. It's a common nickname in Puerto Rico. He grew up in New York City. In the late 70s he started out with Orquestra Cimarron, Hector Lavoe, Conjunto Clasico and The Fania All Stars. He was with Conjunto Clasico from 1979-86. He had his first success as a sol artist when he signed with RMM Records in 1988. Probably his biggest hit from that era was his cover of the Ray Rodriguez boogaloo classic I Like It Like That in 1994 with The Blackout All Stars. Nieves signed with WEA Latuna in 2001 and La Salsa Vive is from the 2002 album Muy Agradecido. For most of his career, Nieves worked with producer Sergio George who also wrote most of the songs. He still works with George. Nieves has recorded for his own label and George's label Top Stop. This 2CD budget comp is a good intro to his music. Based on his Facebook, Nieves has had some recent health problems. He seems to be recovering but it remains to be seen if he will perform again. Here's the video for La Salsa Vive by Tito Nieves. Celia Cruz, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Cheo Feliciano and Ismael Miranda make guest appearances.