Willie Bobo

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Birth nameWillie Bobo_header_cell_0_1_0 William CorreaWillie Bobo_cell_0_1_1
BornWillie Bobo_header_cell_0_2_0 (1934-02-28)February 28, 1934

East Harlem, New York, U.S.Willie Bobo_cell_0_2_1

DiedWillie Bobo_header_cell_0_3_0 September 15, 1983(1983-09-15) (aged 49)Willie Bobo_cell_0_3_1
GenresWillie Bobo_header_cell_0_4_0 Afro-Cuban Jazz, BoogalooWillie Bobo_cell_0_4_1
Occupation(s)Willie Bobo_header_cell_0_5_0 MusicianWillie Bobo_cell_0_5_1
InstrumentsWillie Bobo_header_cell_0_6_0 Timbales, conga, various percussion instrumentsWillie Bobo_cell_0_6_1

William Correa (February 28, 1934 – September 15, 1983), better known by his stage name Willie Bobo, a Latin and jazz percussionist of Puerto Rican ancestry. Willie Bobo_sentence_0

Early life and education Willie Bobo_section_0

William Correa grew up in Spanish Harlem, New York City. Willie Bobo_sentence_1

Career Willie Bobo_section_1

Correa became a noted timbales performer in Latin Jazz, specifically Afro-Cuban jazz, in the 1960s and 1970s. Willie Bobo_sentence_2

He met Mongo Santamaría shortly after his arrival in New York and studied with him while acting as his translator, and later at the age of 19 joined Tito Puente for four years. Willie Bobo_sentence_3

The nickname Bobo is said to have been originated by the jazz pianist Mary Lou Williams in the early 1950s. Willie Bobo_sentence_4

Correa joined George Shearing's band on the album The Shearing Spell. Willie Bobo_sentence_5

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. Willie Bobo_sentence_6

Reuniting with his mentor Santamaría in 1960, the pair released the album Sabroso! Willie Bobo_sentence_7

for the Fantasy label. Willie Bobo_sentence_8

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. Willie Bobo_sentence_9

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. Willie Bobo_sentence_10

Highly successful at this attempt, Correa released a further six albums with Verve. Willie Bobo_sentence_11

In the early 1970s, he moved to Los Angeles. Willie Bobo_sentence_12

He again met up with his longtime friend Richard Sanchez Sr. and his son Richard Jr. and began recording in the studio. Willie Bobo_sentence_13

Bobo then worked as a session musician for Carlos Santana among others, as well as being a regular in the band for Bill Cosby's variety show Cos. Willie Bobo_sentence_14

Santana covered Willie Bobo's Latin song "Evil Ways" in 1969 on their debut album. Willie Bobo_sentence_15

In the late 1970s, Bobo recorded albums for Blue Note and Columbia Records. Willie Bobo_sentence_16

Personal life Willie Bobo_section_2

His youngest son, Eric Bobo (Eric Correa), is a percussionist with crew Cypress Hill. Willie Bobo_sentence_17

He also performed on the Beastie Boys' 1994 album Ill Communication,. Willie Bobo_sentence_18

His grandson, William Valen Correa, is co-founder of the music-based non-profit organization HNDP Los Angeles. Willie Bobo_sentence_19

After a period of ill health, he died at the age of 49, succumbing to cancer. Willie Bobo_sentence_20

Discography Willie Bobo_section_3

As leader Willie Bobo_section_4

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As sideman Willie Bobo_section_5

With Nat Adderley Willie Bobo_sentence_21

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With Dorothy Ashby Willie Bobo_sentence_22

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With Bob Brookmeyer Willie Bobo_sentence_23

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With Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis Willie Bobo_sentence_24

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With Miles Davis Willie Bobo_sentence_25

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With Victor Feldman Willie Bobo_sentence_26

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With José Feliciano Willie Bobo_sentence_27

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  • Angela (Private Stock, 1976)Willie Bobo_item_7_24

With Benny Golson Willie Bobo_sentence_28

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  • Killer Joe (Columbia, 1977)Willie Bobo_item_8_25

With Dexter Gordon Willie Bobo_sentence_29

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  • Landslide (Blue Note, 1962 )Willie Bobo_item_9_26

With Grant Green Willie Bobo_sentence_30

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With Chico Hamilton Willie Bobo_sentence_31

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With Slide Hampton Willie Bobo_sentence_32

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With Herbie Hancock Willie Bobo_sentence_33

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With Eddie Harris Willie Bobo_sentence_34

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With Bobby Hutcherson Willie Bobo_sentence_35

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  • Montara (Blue Note, 1975)Willie Bobo_item_15_34

With Herbie Mann Willie Bobo_sentence_36

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With Les McCann Willie Bobo_sentence_37

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  • McCanna (Pacific Jazz, 1964)Willie Bobo_item_17_42
  • Much Les (Atlantic, 1968)Willie Bobo_item_17_43

With Gary McFarland Willie Bobo_sentence_38

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With Buddy Miles Willie Bobo_sentence_39

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  • Chapter VII (Columbia, 1973)Willie Bobo_item_19_45

With Wes Montgomery Willie Bobo_sentence_40

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With Oliver Nelson Willie Bobo_sentence_41

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With Dave Pike Willie Bobo_sentence_42

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With Tito Puente Willie Bobo_sentence_43

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  • Cuban Carnival (RCA Victor, 1956)Willie Bobo_item_23_50

With Ike Quebec Willie Bobo_sentence_44

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  • Soul Samba (Blue Note, 1962)Willie Bobo_item_24_51

With Terry Reid Willie Bobo_sentence_45

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  • River (Atlantic, 1973)Willie Bobo_item_25_52

With Dannie Richmond Willie Bobo_sentence_46

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With Charlie Rouse Willie Bobo_sentence_47

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With A. Willie Bobo_sentence_48 K. Salim Willie Bobo_sentence_49

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With Mongo Santamaria Willie Bobo_sentence_50

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  • Mighty Mongo (Fantasy, 1962)Willie Bobo_item_29_56
  • Viva Mongo! (Fantasy, 1962)Willie Bobo_item_29_57

With Doc Severinsen Willie Bobo_sentence_51

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  • Rhapsody For Now! (RCA, 1973)Willie Bobo_item_30_58

With Sonny Stitt Willie Bobo_sentence_52

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With Gábor Szabó Willie Bobo_sentence_53

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With Clark Terry Willie Bobo_sentence_54

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  • Mumbles (Mainstream, 1966)Willie Bobo_item_33_61

With Cal Tjader Willie Bobo_sentence_55

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  • Latino (Fantasy, 1958)Willie Bobo_item_34_62
  • Cal Tjader's Concert by the Sea (Fantasy, 1959)Willie Bobo_item_34_63
  • Cal Tjader's Latin Concert (Fantasy, 1959)Willie Bobo_item_34_64
  • West Side Story (Fantasy, 1960)Willie Bobo_item_34_65
  • Plays Harold Arlen (Fantasy, 1961)Willie Bobo_item_34_66
  • Live and Direct (Fantasy, 1962)Willie Bobo_item_34_67
  • Breeze from the East (Verve, 1964)Willie Bobo_item_34_68
  • Soul Sauce (Verve, 1965)Willie Bobo_item_34_69

With Don Wilkerson Willie Bobo_sentence_56

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  • Elder Don (Blue Note, 1962)Willie Bobo_item_35_70

Filmography Willie Bobo_section_6

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  • 2008 Willie Bobo: King CongaWillie Bobo_item_36_71


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