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Puerto Rico's gift to the world, La Sonora Ponceña hardly needed the patronage of Fania maestro Larry Harlow. To virtually everyone with at least a beginner's knowledge of salsa, the group was truly legendary, its roots in the 1940s predating more than just a few of their birth dates. But Harlow helped out the group in America tremendously, getting them wider distribution among salsa fans in New York and producing several of their records, beginning in 1968 with their landmark Hacheros Pa' un Palo and extending to 1974's Sabor Sureño (both originally released on the Inca label). Papo Lucca, the second-generation of Sonora Ponceña leadership, proved his worth as an arranger and multi-instrumentalist; his tight orchestrations for the ensemble are marvelous, peaking with his elegant ending to "Las Mujeres Son de Azúcar" (another highlight is the extended "Telaraña"). His piano playing reaches the same heights as Charlie Palmieri, and for the traditional "Las Lenguas," he picks up both the trumpet and the tres.

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Sabor Completo!

Esta grabacion de SONORA PONCENA es otra mas en su discografia de musica de buena calidad para el "cocolo" y los que siguen la "cocolia." Esta grabacion es COMPLETA porque les ofrece variedad; contiene Guaguanco, Mambo, Son, Cha-Cha (pa'l bailador de Mambo Canciones #1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9 & 10), Merengue (cancion #4), y los Boleros #3 y #8. Hay algunos que quizas no les gustan oir Boleros o Merengue, pero muchas orquestas y cantante/soneros siempre los incluyeron en sus grabaciones para demonstrar que podian cantar todos los generos, y cantarlos bien. Como dice en la cancion de el gran "Sonero Mayor," y "Barbaro Del Ritmo" BENNY MORE, "Elige Tu Que Canto Yo." Esta grabacion de Sonora Poncena es completamente un clasico!


Formed: 1954

Genre: Música tropical

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Puerto Rican La Sonora Ponceña, one of the most popular tropical acts ever, was formed in 1954 by local musicians Enrique Lucca Caraballo and Antonio Santaella, who were previously playing in a band formed in 1944, called El Conjunto Internacional. In 1958, La Sonora Ponceña's first single was released, featuring "No Puede Ser" and "Tan Linda Que Era," making its first performance in the U.S. in September 1960, in New York City. By 1968, after they were joined by Caraballo's son, pianist...
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Sabor Sureño, Sonora Ponceña
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Latino, Music
  • Released: 1974

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