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Elvis Crespo: A Puerto Rican Idol

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Who has not heard the great Elvis Crespo’s merengue? This star of the Latin dance music was born on July 30, 1971.  In spite of the fact that he was born in New York, New York, Puerto Rican music would not be complete without Elvis Crespo’s presence.  He was named in this way, Elvis, in honor to the American singer Elvis Presley.  Being a very little child, Crespo and his mother moved to Puerto Rico and there, he spent his early years.  It is also where he got to be what he is today: a pop idol in merengue music.

However, it is considered that he was predestined to become a great vocalist, dancer, in general, a great artist.  In Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, when he was only six years old, Elvis Crespo showed an impressive potential.  In 1988, being part of the Willie Berrios Orchestra, he spent two of his years with the Perez Orchestra and, after, six with the Tono Rosario Orchestra.  Nevertheless, he left the Rosario group and then, he went to the Metropolitan University of Puerto Rico in order to study business administration.  However, he soon received a proposition from a very well-known Latin band called Grupo Mania.  They wanted him to be part of them and he agreed.  With them, he wrote and sang “Linda Es”, leaving the group three years later.

Afterwards, he decided to have a solo career and, in 1988, debuted his first album called Suavemente.  With this album, he reached the top slot on the Billboards.  In addition, Elvis Crespo broke two records with “Suavemente” and “Tu Sonrisa”.  For this matter, he was given the awards of “song of the year”, “group or duo of the year”, “male artist of the year” and “Latin album of the year”.  Last year, Crespo recorded a “Spanglish” version of “Suavemente” that acted as the soundtrack of the film called Dance with Me.  Therefore, Elvis Crespo is an amazing example of what being a great artist means; nonetheless,  likewise, his music is incomparable too.

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