Bob Davis of Soul-Patrol.com passes along the news that Gilberto Miguel Calderón – a.k.a. Joe Cuba, the “Father of Latin Boogaloo” – died yesterday.
The New York Daily News obituary is here.
Born in Spanish Harlem to Puerto Rican parents, Cuba started playing congas in his teens. Inspired by Tito Puente to become a bandleader, he formed the Joe Cuba Sextet, which would rise to fame during the boogaloo era of the 1960s.
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