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"Oye Como Va"Oye Como Va_header_cell_0_0_0
Song by Tito PuenteOye Como Va_header_cell_0_1_0
from the album El Rey BravoOye Como Va_header_cell_0_2_0
LanguageOye Como Va_header_cell_0_3_0 SpanishOye Como Va_cell_0_3_1
ReleasedOye Como Va_header_cell_0_4_0 1962Oye Como Va_cell_0_4_1
GenreOye Como Va_header_cell_0_5_0 Cha-cha-cháOye Como Va_cell_0_5_1
LengthOye Como Va_header_cell_0_6_0 4:26Oye Como Va_cell_0_6_1
LabelOye Como Va_header_cell_0_7_0 Tico RecordsOye Como Va_cell_0_7_1
Songwriter(s)Oye Como Va_header_cell_0_8_0 Tito PuenteOye Como Va_cell_0_8_1

"Oye Como Va" is a 1962 cha-cha-chá by Tito Puente, originally released on El Rey Bravo (Tico Records). Oye Como Va_sentence_0

The song achieved worldwide popularity in 1970, when it was recorded by Mexican-American rock group Santana for their album Abraxas. Oye Como Va_sentence_1

This version was released as a single in 1971, reaching number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100, number 11 on the Billboard Easy Listening survey, and number 32 on the R&B chart. Oye Como Va_sentence_2

The block chord ostinato pattern that repeats throughout the song was most likely borrowed by Puente from Cachao's 1957 mambo "Chanchullo", which was recorded by Puente in 1959. Oye Como Va_sentence_3

The song has been praised by critics and inducted into the Latin Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002. Oye Como Va_sentence_4

Due to its multinational origins—Cuban, Puerto Rican and American—and its many versions by artists from all over the world, "Oye cómo va" has come to represent "the interconnectedness, hybridity and transnationality" of Latin music in the United States. Oye Como Va_sentence_5

Original version Oye Como Va_section_0

"Oye cómo va" was written and recorded by Tito Puente and his orchestra in 1962 for Tico Records. Oye Como Va_sentence_6

The name of the song is taken from its refrain: "Oye cómo va, mi ritmo..." (Listen how it goes, my rhythm). Oye Como Va_sentence_7

The song was arranged as a cha-cha-chá with a repeated piano tumbao consisting of block chords and a vocal refrain sung by a chorus, typical of cha-cha-chá. Oye Como Va_sentence_8

The song's introduction and piano vamp are highly similar to the 1957 mambo "Chanchullo" by Israel "Cachao" López. Oye Como Va_sentence_9

According to Max Salazar, it is likely that Puente was inspired by Cachao's tune when composing "Oye cómo va", given the clear similarities. Oye Como Va_sentence_10

In fact, Puente recorded the song in 1959 for his album Mucho cha cha (RCA Victor). Oye Como Va_sentence_11

Puente himself recorded "Oye cómo va" live in many occasions, including his 1980 Montreux Jazz Festival appearance with the Latin Percussion Jazz Ensemble. Oye Como Va_sentence_12

Santana version Oye Como Va_section_1

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"Oye Como Va"Oye Como Va_header_cell_1_0_0
Single by SantanaOye Como Va_header_cell_1_1_0
from the album AbraxasOye Como Va_header_cell_1_2_0
LanguageOye Como Va_header_cell_1_3_0 SpanishOye Como Va_cell_1_3_1
B-sideOye Como Va_header_cell_1_4_0 "Samba Pa Ti"Oye Como Va_cell_1_4_1
ReleasedOye Como Va_header_cell_1_5_0 1971Oye Como Va_cell_1_5_1
RecordedOye Como Va_header_cell_1_6_0 1970Oye Como Va_cell_1_6_1
GenreOye Como Va_header_cell_1_7_0 Latin rockOye Como Va_cell_1_7_1
LengthOye Como Va_header_cell_1_8_0 4:17Oye Como Va_cell_1_8_1
LabelOye Como Va_header_cell_1_9_0 CBSOye Como Va_cell_1_9_1
Songwriter(s)Oye Como Va_header_cell_1_10_0 Tito PuenteOye Como Va_cell_1_10_1
Producer(s)Oye Como Va_header_cell_1_11_0 Oye Como Va_cell_1_11_1
Music videoOye Como Va_header_cell_1_12_0

Santana's arrangement is a "driving, cranked-up version" in a new style of Latin rock, adding electric guitar, Hammond B-3 organ, and a rock drum kit to the instrumentation and dropping Puente's brass section. Oye Como Va_sentence_13

The electric guitar part takes on Puente's flute melody, and the organ provides accompaniment (with organist Gregg Rolie's discreet use of the Leslie effect). Oye Como Va_sentence_14

There are several guitar solos and an organ solo, all of which are rooted in rock and the blues but also contain licks similar to those of the original arrangement. Oye Como Va_sentence_15

Tito Puente, speaking in the intro to his recording of "Oye cómo va" on the album Mambo Birdland, said "Everybody's heard of Santana. Oye Como Va_sentence_16

Santana! Oye Como Va_sentence_17

Beautiful Santana! Oye Como Va_sentence_18

He put our music, Latin rock, around the world, man! Oye Como Va_sentence_19

And I'd like to thank him publicly 'cause he recorded a tune and he gave me credit as the composer of the tune. Oye Como Va_sentence_20

So, since that day... all we play... is Santana music!" Oye Como Va_sentence_21

The version of the song on Mambo Birdland is a Santana-sized version. Oye Como Va_sentence_22

When interviewed, Puente explained how he was initially outraged by his song being covered by a rock band, until he received his first royalty check. Oye Como Va_sentence_23

Santana's version was inducted into the Latin Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002. Oye Como Va_sentence_24

It was also included in the NPR 100 list, "the most important American musical works of the 20th century". Oye Como Va_sentence_25

Santana's recording was sampled by 2 Live Crew on the song "Mamolapenga" from their 1990 album Banned in the U.S.A.. Oye Como Va_sentence_26

Chart performance Oye Como Va_section_2

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Chart (1970)Oye Como Va_header_cell_2_0_0 Peak

positionOye Como Va_header_cell_2_0_1

Canadian Singles ChartOye Como Va_cell_2_1_0 7Oye Como Va_cell_2_1_1
Mexican Singles ChartOye Como Va_cell_2_2_0 9Oye Como Va_cell_2_2_1
Billboard Hot 100 (US)Oye Como Va_cell_2_3_0 13Oye Como Va_cell_2_3_1

Other versions Oye Como Va_section_3

The song has been covered by various Latin music artists, such as Joe Cuba (1963 and 1970, in a medley with "Aprieta el pollo"), Azúcar Moreno (1990), Gerardo Mejía (1991), Julio Iglesias (1994), Banda M-1 (1994), Fruko y sus Tesos (1995), Celia Cruz (2000), The Conga Kings (2001), Kinky (2004). Oye Como Va_sentence_27

Japanese singer Chisato Moritaka covered the song on her 1990 album Kokon Tozai. Oye Como Va_sentence_28

Natalie Cole recorded the song in 2013 on her #1 and Latin Grammy-nominated album Natalie Cole en Español. Oye Como Va_sentence_29

Jazz versions have been recorded by Bobby Hutcherson (Montara, 1975), Michel Camilo (Thru My Eyes, 1997), New Orleans Nightcrawlers (Live at the Old Point, 2000) and Eliane Elias (Around the City, 2006). Oye Como Va_sentence_30

The song has been remixed by DJs as well. Oye Como Va_sentence_31

Two remixes charted in the United Kingdom. Oye Como Va_sentence_32

A remix of Tito Puente Jr & The Latin Rhythm's 1996 version of the song reached #36 in the UK charts. Oye Como Va_sentence_33

A second remix, released in 1997, peaked at #56. Oye Como Va_sentence_34


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