Celebrating the 55th Anniversary of Andy Montañez!
Andrés Montañez Rodriguez (Puerto Rico, May 7, 1942) was first gained fame as a member of the internationally successful “El Gran Combo band”, with songs such as: Hojas blancas, Un verano en NY, El barbero loco, Julia, Ponme el alcolado, Juana, Vagabundo, El Swing, among many others. He stayed for approximately 15 years, producing 37 LPs. He left “El Gran Combo” to pursue a career with Venezuelan group “La Dimension Latina”. By 2005-06 he began creating a new blend between salsa and reggaeton, called salsaton. In April 2006 he released a new album titled Salsatón – Salsa con Reggaetón which was produced by Daddy Yankee and featured reggaeton rappers Julio Voltio, La Sista, and John Eric. On November 2nd, 2006, Montañez won his first Latin Grammy for Best Traditional Tropical Album, together with Pablo Milanés.