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Jimmy Sabater wants “To be with you”

Flashback Friday

This week’s edition of Flashback Fridays is dedicated to the memory of Jimmy Sabater, who passed away this past Wednesday at the age of 75.

Jimmy Sabater was one the most admired vocalists in Latin music, having gained recognition as the lead vocalist for the Joe Cuba Sextet for over 20 years, known for crossing over various genres such as Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, R&B, and Boogaloo. He was also considerably talented as a Timbalero.

Jimmy was born in the Spanish Harlem section of NYC, having grown up around Latin music and having neighbors such as Tito Puente, Willie Bobo, and Celia Cruz, it seems as though his path had already been chosen for him. His dedication to following these greats led him to join Joe Cuba Sextet in the late 50’s and immediately gave him his signature song, which also happens to be your Flashback Friday song of the week, To Be With You.

Throughout the years, Jimmy has released many popular singles both as a member of Joe Cuba Sextet and as a solo artist, as well as his albums gaining worldwide recognition. Up until his death, Jimmy remained very active, performing throughout the NYC salsa scene until recently. Jimmy will be missed for his great contribution to Latin music and for being such a great part of the Latin music scene during its Golden era.

About Nelson O Figueroa

The son of Puerto Rican-born parents, Nelson was born in Brooklyn and raised in the Far Rockaway section of Queens, New York. Growing up, music was a major factor his upbringing, with his mother coming from a very musically diverse family and his father introducing him to other types of music such as classic rock. He learned to appreciate all types of music although I tend to drift primarily towards salsa.

Other than music, Nelson likes to spend time with friends and family. He’s also a bit of a sports freak , you can find him cheering for his New York teams: the Mets and the Giants. You might also catch him at a nearby handball court on occasion during the summer.

Nelson has been involved with Being Latino in many supportive roles beginning in 2010 with the fundraiser for Haiti. His ability to engage others in conversation with humor and an open mind made him the ideal candidate for the role of Facebook Engagement Manager; while his love and knowledge of music makes him the perfect fit for the magazine series, Flashback Friday.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.

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