His personality, style and the qualities of his voice led him to a successful artistic career in the whole field of Latin music and salsa during the s and s. The cleanness and brightness of his voice, coupled with impeccable diction and the ability to sing long and fast phrases with total naturalness, made him one of the favorite singers of the Latin public. During this period he was frequently featured as a guest singer with the Fania All Stars recording numerous tracks with the band. After a short rehabilitation, he relapsed following the deaths of his father, son, and mother-in-law. His uncle was well known in Ponce as a tres player. One of a kind, his unique voice, refined and with impeccable diction, demanded attention.
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The pair would produce 14 albums. Together they sounded like El Barrio. They survive today as some of the most successful and lasting musical creations of Latino culture in the United States. From humble beginnings, he had come to the United States hoping to find fancy Cadillacs, tall skyscrapers and tree-lined streets - a far cry from what he found in El Barrio. With stardom came fame and fortune and many excesses, a personal trajectory that came to symbolize the lives of Salsa stars in the s. More than others, Lavoe had a difficult time handling his success and suffered a number of personal setbacks. He struggled with drugs and alcohol through the s, and in , following a stint at rehab, the consecutive deaths of his father, son, and mother-in-law drove him back to drugs and an attempted suicide at the Hotel Normandy in Puerto Rico. He survived and continued to sing, recording an album before his health began failing after being diagnosed with AIDS. In , his final album, Strikes Back , was nominated for a Grammy. He was only
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