|Birth name||William Correa|
|Born||(1934-02-28)February 28, 1934
East Harlem, New York, U.S.
|Died||September 15, 1983(1983-09-15) (aged 49)|
|Genres||Afro-Cuban Jazz, Boogaloo|
|Instruments||Timbales, conga, various percussion instruments|
Early life and education
William Correa grew up in Spanish Harlem, New York City.
The nickname Bobo is said to have been originated by the jazz pianist Mary Lou Williams in the early 1950s.
Correa joined George Shearing's band on the album The Shearing Spell.
After leaving Shearing, Cal Tjader asked Bobo and Santamaría to become part of the Cal Tjader Modern Mambo Quintet, who released several albums as the mambo craze reached fever pitch in the late 1950s.
Reuniting with his mentor Santamaría in 1960, the pair released the album Sabroso!
for the Fantasy label.
Bobo later formed his own group, releasing Do That Thing/Guajira with Tico and Bobo's Beat and Let's Go Bobo for Roulette, without achieving huge penetration.
After the success of Tjader's Soul Sauce, in which he was heavily involved, Correa formed a new band with the backing of Verve Records, releasing Spanish Grease, the title track being perhaps his most well known tune.
Highly successful at this attempt, Correa released a further six albums with Verve.
In the early 1970s, he moved to Los Angeles.
He again met up with his longtime friend Richard Sanchez Sr. and his son Richard Jr. and began recording in the studio.
Santana covered Willie Bobo's Latin song "Evil Ways" in 1969 on their debut album.
His grandson, William Valen Correa, is co-founder of the music-based non-profit organization HNDP Los Angeles.
After a period of ill health, he died at the age of 49, succumbing to cancer.
- Do That Thing/Guajira (Tico, 1963)
- Bobo's Beat (Roulette, 1964)
- Let's Go Bobo! (Roulette, 1964)
- Spanish Grease (Verve, 1965)
- Uno Dos Tres 1 2 3 (Verve, 1966)
- Feelin' So Good (Verve, 1966)
- Juicy (Verve, 1967)
- Bobo Motion (Verve, 1967)
- Spanish Blues Band (Verve, 1968)
- A New Dimension (Verve, 1969)
- Do What You Want to Do (Sussex, 1971)
- The Drum Session (Philips Records, 1975) with Louie Bellson, Shelly Manne & Paul Humphrey
- Tomorrow Is Here (Blue Note, 1977)
- Hell Of An Act To Follow (Columbia, 1978)
- Bobo (Columbia, 1979)
- Lost & Found (Concord Picante, 2006)
- Dig My Feeling (Nacional Records 2016)
With Nat Adderley
- Autobiography (Atlantic, 1965)
With Dorothy Ashby
- The Fantastic Jazz Harp of Dorothy Ashby (Atlantic, 1965)
With Bob Brookmeyer
- Trombone Jazz Samba (Verve, 1962)
- Goin' to the Meeting (Prestige, 1962)
With Miles Davis
With Victor Feldman
- Latinsville! (Contemporary, 1960)
With José Feliciano
- Angela (Private Stock, 1976)
With Benny Golson
- Killer Joe (Columbia, 1977)
With Dexter Gordon
- Landslide (Blue Note, 1962 )
With Grant Green
- The Latin Bit (Blue Note, 1962)
With Chico Hamilton
- Chic Chic Chico (Impulse!, 1965)
- El Chico (Impulse!, 1965)
- The Further Adventures of El Chico (Impulse!, 1966)
With Slide Hampton
- Explosion! The Sound of Slide Hampton (Atlantic, 1962)
With Herbie Hancock
- Inventions and Dimensions (Blue Note, 1964)
With Eddie Harris
- Bad Luck Is All I Have (Atlantic, 1975)
With Bobby Hutcherson
- Montara (Blue Note, 1975)
With Herbie Mann
- Right Now (Atlantic, 1962)
- Brazil, Bossa Nova & Blues (United Artists, 1962)
- Herbie Mann Live at Newport (Atlantic, 1963)
- My Kinda Groove (Atlantic, 1965)
- Latin Mann (Columbia, 1965)
- Our Mann Flute (Atlantic, 1966)
- The Beat Goes On (Atlantic, 1967)
With Les McCann
With Gary McFarland
- Soft Samba (Verve, 1963)
With Buddy Miles
- Chapter VII (Columbia, 1973)
With Wes Montgomery
- Movin' Wes (Verve, 1964)
With Oliver Nelson
- Skull Session (Flying Dutchman, 1975)
With Dave Pike
With Tito Puente
- Cuban Carnival (RCA Victor, 1956)
With Ike Quebec
- Soul Samba (Blue Note, 1962)
With Terry Reid
- River (Atlantic, 1973)
With Dannie Richmond
- "In" Jazz for the Culture Set (Impulse!, 1965)
With Charlie Rouse
- Bossa Nova Bacchanal (Blue Note, 1963)
With A. K. Salim
- Afro-Soul/Drum Orgy (Prestige, 1965)
With Mongo Santamaria
- Mighty Mongo (Fantasy, 1962)
- Viva Mongo! (Fantasy, 1962)
With Doc Severinsen
- Rhapsody For Now! (RCA, 1973)
With Sonny Stitt
- Stitt Goes Latin (Roost, 1963)
With Gábor Szabó
- Spellbinder (Impulse!, 1966)
With Clark Terry
- Mumbles (Mainstream, 1966)
With Cal Tjader
- Latino (Fantasy, 1958)
- Cal Tjader's Concert by the Sea (Fantasy, 1959)
- Cal Tjader's Latin Concert (Fantasy, 1959)
- West Side Story (Fantasy, 1960)
- Plays Harold Arlen (Fantasy, 1961)
- Live and Direct (Fantasy, 1962)
- Breeze from the East (Verve, 1964)
- Soul Sauce (Verve, 1965)
With Don Wilkerson
- Elder Don (Blue Note, 1962)
- 2008 Willie Bobo: King Conga
Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willie Bobo.