Elvis Crespo

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About Elvis Crespo

American singer-songwriter Elvis Crespo has won multiple honors for his contributions to merengue, including a dozen Lo Nuestro Awards across three decades. ∙ Crespo started his musical career as a member of the Puerto Rican merengue quartet Grupo Mania, before going solo in the late ’90s. ∙ His debut release, 1998’s Suavemente, was the very first merengue LP to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart. ∙ The inaugural Grammy Award for Best Merengue Performance was given to Crespo for his 1999 sophomore album, Pintame. ∙ “Sopa de Caracol,” his 2013 chart-topping collaboration with Pitbull, brought renewed attention to the Honduran original made popular by Banda Blanca in the early ’90s. ∙ In 2016, Crespo contributed vocals to Deorro’s hit single “Bailar,” which became a Top 5 song in the US, Israel, the Netherlands, and Spain. ∙ Two decades after its release, Crespo’s signature smash, “Suavemente,” is still revered as the Latin pop classic that popularized merengue around the world.

New York, NY, United States
July 30, 1971

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