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.