Chamaco Ramirez / Sept 10, 1941 - March 27, 1983

With a documentary due out soon on this tragic Puerto Rican salsa sonero and songwriter, we should honor him on his date of birth. Chamaco Ramirez is most famous for singing with Tommy Olivencia, but his Alive & Kicking album is a (formerly) lost classic.

From Santurce, Puerto Rico, he joined the Olivencia band as a teenager, sharing lead vocals with Paquito Guzmán. He wrote "Plante Bandera" (which later became a reggaeton hit), "Trucutu" (covered by Marc Anthony) and "Evelio Y La Rumba".

He also sang with Kako and the Alegre All-Stars, among others, before his '79 classic...which turned out to be his only album as a leader. He was shot to death in a Bronx alley at 41.

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