Fania Records

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Parent companyFania Records_header_cell_0_1_0 Concord (entertainment ccompany)Fania Records_cell_0_1_1
FoundedFania Records_header_cell_0_2_0 1964Fania Records_cell_0_2_1
FounderFania Records_header_cell_0_3_0 Johnny Pacheco, Jerry MasucciFania Records_cell_0_3_1
Distributor(s)Fania Records_header_cell_0_4_0 Universal Music DistributionFania Records_cell_0_4_1
GenreFania Records_header_cell_0_5_0 Salsa, LatinFania Records_cell_0_5_1
LocationFania Records_header_cell_0_6_0 New York City, Miami, FloridaFania Records_cell_0_6_1
Official websiteFania Records_header_cell_0_7_0 Fania Records_cell_0_7_1

Fania Records is a New York based record label founded by Dominican-born composer and bandleader Johnny Pacheco and Brooklyn born Italian-American ex-New York City Police Officer turned lawyer Jerry Masucci in 1964. Fania Records_sentence_0

The label took its name from a popular luncheonette frequented by musicians in Havana, Cuba that Masucci frequented when he worked for a public relations firm there during the pre-Castro era. Fania Records_sentence_1

Fania is known for its promotion of Salsa music. Fania Records_sentence_2

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Frustrated by the meager amount of money he was receiving for his recordings, Pacheco started Fania in 1964 and sold records to music stores out of the trunk of his car. Fania Records_sentence_3

To help finance the business, he partnered with Brooklyn-born lawyer and promoter Jerry Masucci, and in 1964 they founded the Fania label to produce, promote and market the music of Latinos in New York. Fania Records_sentence_4

The label started out as a small venture, but gained popularity after the success of its first official record, Pacheco's "Cañonazo", leading to the expansion of its talent base. Fania Records_sentence_5

Among Fania's signature stars are: Willie Colon, Celia Cruz, Larry Harlow, Ray Barretto, Ralfi Pagan, Luis "Perico" Ortiz, Bobby Valentín, Rubén Blades, Héctor Lavoe, Cheo Feliciano, Adalberto Santiago, Ismael Miranda and many others. Fania Records_sentence_6

In 1968, Pacheco created a supergroup known as the Fania All-Stars that brought together the elite of Salsa musicians and singers for joint performances and recording. Fania Records_sentence_7

The Fania All-Stars were Fania's best selling band, outlasting the label itself. Fania Records_sentence_8

They made their debut at the Red Garter club located in New York's Greenwich Village, but it was their 1971 performance at the Cheetah, a club in Midtown Manhattan, which became legendary. Fania Records_sentence_9

Larry Harlow was chosen by Jerry Masucci to produce the band's records while Pacheco acted as director on stage. Fania Records_sentence_10

The Fania All-Stars were filmed for the documentary Our Latin Thing released a year later. Fania Records_sentence_11

In 1973, Fania All-Stars performed at Yankee Stadium to a stadium with 45,000 attendees. Fania Records_sentence_12

Pacheco directed the band to an excited crowd who cheered on each Fania All-Star member. Fania Records_sentence_13

As of 2007 all that is left is "Larry Harlow and the Latin Legends of Fania". Fania Records_sentence_14

In 2003, the 1975 Fania release Live at Yankee Stadium was included in the second set of 50 recordings preserved in the United States National Recording Registry. Fania Records_sentence_15

Masucci, who’d bought out Pacheco’s share of the company around 1967, became the sole owner of Fania Records and the numerous other labels and umbrella labels in South America that he acquired and created. Fania Records_sentence_16

Masucci died in 1997, and for the next eight years Fania and all of its assets were tied up in probate court while various parties battled over its ownership. Fania Records_sentence_17

In September 2005, Fania's assets were sold to Miami-based label Emusica, and by early 2006, the new owners began to reissue material from Fania's backlog catalog (some of which has never appeared on CD before) with enhanced sound and liner notes. Fania Records_sentence_18

In an effort to create additional content, Código Records, a subsidiary of the Emusica label, allowed DJs and producers to remix original material. Fania Records_sentence_19

As of July 27, 2018, Fania is owned by Concord, which acquired the label from Codigo Entertainment. Fania Records_sentence_20

Fania's catalogue included 19,000 master recordings and 8,000 compositions. Fania Records_sentence_21

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