Fania All-Stars

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Background informationFania All-Stars_header_cell_0_1_0
OriginFania All-Stars_header_cell_0_2_0 New York CityFania All-Stars_cell_0_2_1
GenresFania All-Stars_header_cell_0_3_0 Fania All-Stars_cell_0_3_1
Years activeFania All-Stars_header_cell_0_4_0 1968–presentFania All-Stars_cell_0_4_1
LabelsFania All-Stars_header_cell_0_5_0 FaniaFania All-Stars_cell_0_5_1
WebsiteFania All-Stars_header_cell_0_6_0 Fania All-Stars_cell_0_6_1
MembersFania All-Stars_header_cell_0_8_0 Fania All-Stars_cell_0_8_1
Past membersFania All-Stars_header_cell_0_10_0 Fania All-Stars_cell_0_10_1

The Fania All-Stars is a musical group formed in 1968 as a showcase for the musicians on Fania Records, the leading salsa music record label of the time. Fania All-Stars_sentence_0

History Fania All-Stars_section_0

Beginnings Fania All-Stars_section_1

In 1964, Fania Records was founded in New York City by Jerry Masucci, an Italian-American lawyer with a love for Cuban music, and Johnny Pacheco, a flutist, percussionist and bandleader born in the Dominican Republic but raised in the South Bronx who had like minded musical tastes. Fania All-Stars_sentence_1

Masucci later bought out his partner Pacheco from Fania Entertainment Group, Ltd. and was the sole owner until his death in December 1997. Fania All-Stars_sentence_2

Throughout the early years, Fania used to distribute its records around New York. Fania All-Stars_sentence_3

Eventually success from Pacheco's Cañonazo recording would lead the label to develop its roster. Fania All-Stars_sentence_4

Masucci and Pacheco, now executive negotiator and musical director respectively, began acquiring musicians such as Bobby Valentín, Larry Harlow, and Ray Barretto. Fania All-Stars_sentence_5

Success Fania All-Stars_section_2

In 1968, Fania Records created a continuously revolving line-up of entertainers known as the Fania All-Stars. Fania All-Stars_sentence_6

They were considered some of the best Latin Music performers in the world at that time. Fania All-Stars_sentence_7

The original lineup consisted of: Fania All-Stars_sentence_8

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  • Band Leaders: Ray Barretto, Joe Bataan, Willie Colon, Larry Harlow, Monguito, Johnny Pacheco, Louie Ramirez, Ralph Robles, Mongo Santamaria, and Bobby Valentin.Fania All-Stars_item_0_0
  • Singers; Hector Lavoe, Adalberto Santiago, Pete "Conde" Rodríguez, and Ismael Miranda.Fania All-Stars_item_0_1
  • Other Musicians; La La, Ray Maldonado, Ralph Marzan, Orestes Vilató, Roberto Rodriguez, Jose Rodriguez, and Barry Rogers.Fania All-Stars_item_0_2
  • Special Guests; Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Ricardo Ray and Jimmy Sabater.Fania All-Stars_item_0_3

They recorded Live At The Red Garter, Volumes 1 and 2 with this original lineup. Fania All-Stars_sentence_9

In 1971 they recorded Fania All-Stars: Live At The Cheetah, Volumes 1 and 2. Fania All-Stars_sentence_10

It exhibited the entire All-Star family performing before a capacity audience in New York City's Cheetah Lounge. Fania All-Stars_sentence_11

Following sell-out concerts in Puerto Rico, Chicago, and Panama, the All-Stars embarked on their first appearance at New York's Yankee Stadium on August 24, 1973. Fania All-Stars_sentence_12

The Stars performed before more than 40,000 spectators in a concert that featured Ray Barretto, Willie Colón, Edwin Tito Asencio, Rubén Blades, Larry Harlow, Johnny Pacheco, Roberto Roena, Pellín Rodríguez, Bobby Valentín, and Jorge Santana (younger brother of Carlos Santana), Celia Cruz, Héctor Lavoe, Cheo Feliciano, Ismael Miranda, Justo Betancourt, Ismael Quintana, Pete "El Conde" Rodríguez, Bobby Cruz and Santos Colón. Fania All-Stars_sentence_13

Live at Yankee Stadium was included in the second set of 50 recordings in the U.S. National Recording Registry, solidifying the All-Stars as "culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant." Fania All-Stars_sentence_14

In 1974, the All Stars performed in Zaire, Africa, at the 80,000-seat Stade du 20 mai in Kinshasa. Fania All-Stars_sentence_15

This was captured on film and released as Live in Africa (Salsa Madness in the UK). Fania All-Stars_sentence_16

This Zairean appearance occurred along with James Brown and others at a music festival held in conjunction with the Muhammad Ali/George Foreman heavyweight title fight. Fania All-Stars_sentence_17

Footage of the performance was included in the 2008 documentary Soul Power. Fania All-Stars_sentence_18

To attain a wider market for salsa music, Fania made a deal with Columbia Records in the US for a series of crossover albums by the All-Stars, beginning with Delicate & Jumpy (1976), in which Steve Winwood united with the All-Stars' Pacheco, Valentin, Barreto, and Roena. Fania All-Stars_sentence_19

During the same year, the Fania All-Stars made their sole UK appearance, at London's Lyceum Ballroom, with Winwood appearing as guest. Fania All-Stars_sentence_20

In 1978 the All-Stars released Live, recorded in concert on July 11, 1975 at San Juan's Roberto Clemente Coliseum. Fania All-Stars_sentence_21

In 1979, they travelled to Havana, Cuba, to participate in the Havana Jam festival that took place between 2–4 March, alongside Rita Coolidge, Kris Kristofferson, Stephen Stills, the CBS Jazz All-Stars, Trio of Doom, Billy Swan, Bonnie Bramlett, Weather Report, and Billy Joel, plus Cuban artists such as Irakere, Pacho Alonso, Tata Güines, and Orquesta Aragón. Fania All-Stars_sentence_22

Their performance is captured on Ernesto Juan Castellanos's documentary Havana Jam '79. Fania All-Stars_sentence_23

During the same year the All-Stars released Crossover and Havana Jam on Fania, which came from a concert recorded in Havana on March 2. Fania All-Stars_sentence_24

Legacy Fania All-Stars_section_3

In May 2007 Ruben Blades was sued by his former bandmate, Willie Colon for breach of contract. Fania All-Stars_sentence_25

This led to a series of suits and countersuits that lasted over five years. Fania All-Stars_sentence_26

A book titled Decisiones detailing the inside story of this legal battle was written by Blades' former agent, Robert J. Morgalo, and published in 2016 in English and Spanish . Fania All-Stars_sentence_27

The court documents can be read and full transcripts of depositions and court rulings can be seen Fania All-Stars_sentence_28

In 2008, Cheo Feliciano celebrated his 50 years in the music industry by hosting a concert at Madison Square Garden, where then New York City Mayor Bloomberg declared July 20 "Cheo Feliciano Day" in New York. Fania All-Stars_sentence_29

In 2009, an historical documentary, Latin Music USA, shown on PBS TV, featured an episode on the Fania All-Stars, their evolution, career, and later demise. Fania All-Stars_sentence_30

In 2009 as well, the All-Stars returned to the stage, opening Carlos Santana's world tour in Bogotá, Colombia. Fania All-Stars_sentence_31

The presentation caused mixed feelings inside the salsa circle though, mainly because they were treated as seconds by the concert's organizers. Fania All-Stars_sentence_32

In March 2011, and subsequently in November 2012, a limited roster of the All-Stars performed in Lima, Peru. Fania All-Stars_sentence_33

One thing to note about the 2012 performance is the return of Ruben Blades. Fania All-Stars_sentence_34

Ismael Quintana was not present in the November 2012 presentation though, as well as Yomo Toro (Yomo died in Q3 2012). Fania All-Stars_sentence_35

In October 2013, a new, complete roster of the All-Stars presented in San Juan Puerto Rico, celebrating the 40th anniversary of their first presentation in San Juan. Fania All-Stars_sentence_36

This roster included the return of Orestes Vilato and Luigi Texidor, as well as the participation of Andy Montañez, Cita Rodriguez (Pete's daughter) and Willie Colón. Fania All-Stars_sentence_37

This was Cheo Feliciano's last presentation with the All-Stars before dying in a car accident in April 2014 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Fania All-Stars_sentence_38

In 2015 the Fania All-Stars were chosen to receive ASCAP's honorary Latin Heritage Award. Fania All-Stars_sentence_39

The All-Stars were set to present in Central Park, New York City on August 24 as part of the closing of the 50th anniversary celebration of the legendary Fania Records label. Fania All-Stars_sentence_40

In 2019, many of the classic Fania records were re-issued in vinyl as part of the renewed interest in the vinyl record format. Fania All-Stars_sentence_41

Discography Fania All-Stars_section_4

Studio albums Fania All-Stars_section_5

Fania All-Stars_unordered_list_1

  • A Tribute to Tito Rodríguez (Fania, 1977)Fania All-Stars_item_1_4
  • Delicate and Jumpy (Columbia, 1976)Fania All-Stars_item_1_5
  • Rhythm Machine (Columbia, 1977)Fania All-Stars_item_1_6
  • Spanish Fever (CBS, 1978)Fania All-Stars_item_1_7
  • Cross Over (CBS, 1979)Fania All-Stars_item_1_8
  • California Jam (Musica Latina, 1980)Fania All-Stars_item_1_9
  • Commitment (FNA, 1980)Fania All-Stars_item_1_10
  • Latin Connection (Fania, 1981)Fania All-Stars_item_1_11
  • Social Change (Fania, 1981)Fania All-Stars_item_1_12
  • Lo Que Pide la Gente (StyllaPhone, 1984)Fania All-Stars_item_1_13
  • Viva la Charanga (Sterns, 1986)Fania All-Stars_item_1_14
  • Bamboleo (Caliente, 1988)Fania All-Stars_item_1_15
  • Latin Jazz Fusion (Charly, 1988)Fania All-Stars_item_1_16
  • Guasasa (Fania, 1989)Fania All-Stars_item_1_17
  • Bravo 97 (Sony International, 1997)Fania All-Stars_item_1_18

Live albums Fania All-Stars_section_6

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  • Live at the Red Garter, Vol. 1 (Fania, 1968)Fania All-Stars_item_2_19
  • Live at the Red Garter, Vol. 2 (Fania, 1969)Fania All-Stars_item_2_20
  • Live at the Cheetah, Vol. 1 (Fania, 1972)Fania All-Stars_item_2_21
  • Live at the Cheetah, Vol. 2 (Fania, 1972)Fania All-Stars_item_2_22
  • Latin-Soul-Rock (Fania, 1974)Fania All-Stars_item_2_23
  • Fania All-Stars (Island, 1975)Fania All-Stars_item_2_24
  • Live in Japan 76 (Fania, 1976)Fania All-Stars_item_2_25
  • Live at Yankee Stadium, Vol. 1 (Fania, 1976)Fania All-Stars_item_2_26
  • Live at Yankee Stadium, Vol. 2 (Fania, 1976)Fania All-Stars_item_2_27
  • Live (Fania, 1978)Fania All-Stars_item_2_28
  • Habana Jam (Fania, 1979)Fania All-Stars_item_2_29
  • Live in Africa (Fania, 1986)Fania All-Stars_item_2_30

DVDs Fania All-Stars_section_7

Fania All-Stars_unordered_list_3

  • Our Latin Thing (Fania 1972)Fania All-Stars_item_3_31
  • Salsa (Fania, 1974)Fania All-Stars_item_3_32
  • In Africa (Fania, 1993)Fania All-Stars_item_3_33
  • Live (Fania, 1995)Fania All-Stars_item_3_34


Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fania All-Stars.