Willie Colón
Willie Colón

Willie Colón

About Willie Colón

Since the ’60s, salsa icon and political activist Willie Colón profoundly revolutionized the genre across more than 40 LPs and many high-profile accolades and awards.

∙ At age 17, Colón released his debut LP, 1967’s El Malo, and 40 years later the title track appeared in the popular 2017 video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.
Siembra—his best-selling 1978 salsa LP with Rubén Blades—was inducted into the Latin Grammy Hall of Fame in 2007.
∙ From 1980 to 1990, seven of his albums received Grammy nominations for either Best Tropical Latin Performance or Best Latin Recording.
∙ In 1993, Colón was invited to perform at the inauguration ceremonies for Bill Clinton’s first Presidential term.
Cosa Nuestra—his 1970 LP with Héctor Lavoe—had a 50th anniversary reissue as part of Record Store Day 2020, and it re-entered the Billboard Tropical Albums chart at No. 3.
∙ A member of both the International Latin Music Hall of Fame and the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame, Colón was also honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2004 Latin Grammys.

  • HOMETOWN
    New York, NY [The Bronx]
  • BORN
    April 28, 1950

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