Wednesday, July 25, 2012
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Louie Ramirez y Ray de la Paz y su Orquestra
Percussionist and vibraphonist Louie Ramirez started out in the 50s as a sideman and started leading his own band in the 60s. He had his biggest success with a band he led with vocalist Ray de la Paz. Ramirez died in 1993. He was born Feb. 24, 1938 in New York City. In 1956, he joined Joe Loco's band on vibraphone. In the 60s, he was in Joe Cuba's band and also worked with Charlie Palmieri. And he recorded a few albums as a leader. In the 70s, he joined Fania Records as a house producer. So he produced and arranged for other artists. He also recorded as a leader and was a member of the Fania All Stars. In the early 80s, he left Fania for their main competition RMM Records and started a new band with singer Ray de la Paz. He started out with La Sonora Poncena and also sang with Tito Puente and Ray Barretto before getting together with Ramirez. This arrangement of the traditional song Todavia is from the 1985 album Alegres y Romanticos. RMM is out of business so getting some of the recordings can be difficult. Cobo Records has released the comp Exitos as a digital download only. Louie Ramirez was on his way to the recording studio when he suffered a heart attack and died on June 7, 1993 at age 55. Ray de la Paz is a member of the Spanish Harlem Orchestra and worked with Paul Simon on Capeman. This band is recommended to Latin music fans. Here's Louie Ramirez y Ray de la Paz y su Orquestra performing Todavia 1985.