Gilberto Miguel Calderón (aka Joe Cuba) has Passed: R.I.P.

The "Father of Boogaloo," Joe Cuba, passed away on Sunday, February 15, 2009 at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York. He was 77 years old.

Joe Cuba was the most popular exponent of the boogaloo, a fused Latino and R&B rhythm that exploded onto the American top 40s charts during the turbulent 1960s & ‘70s. Hits such as “Bang Bang,” “Push Push,” “El Pito,” “Ariñañara,” and “Sock It To Me Baby,” rocked the hit parades establishing Joe Cuba and his Sextet as the definitive sound of Latin New York during the ‘60s & ‘70s

His music was at the forefront of the Nuyroican movement of New York.

Joe Cuba will be viewed at the R&G Ortiz Funeral Home (204 E. 116th Street, Manhattan between 3rd & 2nd Avenues; 212.722.3512) Wednesday & Thursday, February 18/19, 2:00 to 10:00 p.m.



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  2. Anonymous2/19/2009

    I am saddened that you have passed, but the good news is that you will be "boogalooing" in heaven with Hugo, Mikey, Gladys, Marcial, Nelson, Sandy, Georgie and Elsie. Yesterday I played To Be With You at least five times. You will always be a musical giant from our Barrio.
    Eva Sanjurjo