Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Colombian salsa singer Arroyo dies

Colombian salsa singer Joe Arroyo

Famed Colombian singer Joe Arroyo, composer of such salsa classics as La Rebelion and Echao pa'lante and Tania. died Tuesday after a monthlong hospitalization. He was 55.

The singer, whose given name was Alvaro Jose Arroyo, died at a hospital in Barranquilla, where he was being treated for hypertension and fluid in his lungs, his manager, Luis Ojeda, told The Associated Press.

Arroyo composed some 200 songs and performed with artists including Celia Cruz and Shakira.

He first appeared in the 1970s with the orchestra Fruko y sus Tesos, and formed his own band in Medellin in 1981 called La Verdad. Two years later, he moved to Barranquilla. (complete article.)

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