Jimmy Sabater Sr. “The Velvet Voice” (April 11, 1936 – February 8, 2012)


Jimmy Sabater was born in the Spanish Harlem on April 11, 1936, of Puerto Rican ancestry. He grew up in a neighbourhood full of great musicians, among others … Tito Puente, Monchito Muñoz, Celia Cruz, Willie Bobo. In 1957, Sabater achieved his first great success as a vocalist with the song  “To Be With You”. He recorded it with the famous Joe Cuba Sextet, with which he performed for over 20 years. In the 60’s Sabater was part of the Latin Bugalú movement, he wrote quite a few memorable songs in that style: “Bang, Bang” and “Oh Yeah”, both appeared on the album “Wanted, Dead or Alive” which sold over a million copies.

In the 70’s and 80’s, Sabater also had a flourishing career as a soloist, he recorded the albums: “El Hijo de Teresa”, “Solo”, “The Velvet Voice of Jimmy Sabater”, “Gusto”. Sabater also participated on various other albums as either timbalero or vocalist. In 1998, Sabater became the lead vocalist of  “Son Boricua”, the Latin Septet led by Maestro  José Mangual Jr. Their first album, called “Son Boricua”, was the winner of the ACE Award as best new Latin release of that year. A 2nd, & a 3rd ACE was awarded for the albums “Homenaje a Cortijo y Rivera” and “Mo”.

In 2011 Santiago All Stars release the album “Joya Y Rareza”, on which Sabater sang the hit “Bochinchosa” – a remake of a fabulous guaguancó – that is possibly his last recording.

 for full biography visit: www.musicofpuertorico.com or wiki/JimmySabater,Sr.


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