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Joe Bataan

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No recording artist has more impeccable street credentials than Joe Bataan, the originator of the New York Latin Soul style that paralleled Latin boogaloo and anticipated disco. His musical experience began with street corner doo-wop in the 1950s, and came to include one of the first rap records to hit the charts, 1979's "Rap-O, Clap-O". In between these milestones, he recorded classic albums like St. Latin's Day Massacre, a perennial favorite in the salsa market, Salsoul, which gave the record label its name and helped spark the national explosion of urban dance music, and Afrofilipino, which included one of the very earliest New York disco hits, an instrumental version of Gil Scott Heron's "The Bottle".


Top Songs

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  1. Latin Strut  -  24,583 plays
  2. Subway Joe  -  26,459 plays
    Before the setting sun and I'll appear
    And know that I'm the one who will appear
    We are gathered here today
    To remember the departed and have a final say
    But don't believe you've seen the last of this face
    Call My Name  -  21,493 plays
    Boom boom, chick-a-boom boom boom
    Chick-a-boom, chick-a-boom boom boom
    This is a holdup, everybody on the ground
    Put your hands behind your head, don't make a sound
    This old system been keeping us down, down, down
    Chick-A-Boom  -  19,078 plays
  5. Keep the Change  -  9,831 plays
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