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date: 12 November 2019

Miranda, Ismael locked

  • Mark Lomanno

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(b Aguada, PR, Feb 20, 1950). Puerto Rican singer. At a young age, Miranda and his family moved to the Lower East Side of New York City. An aficionado of Puerto Rican, Cuban, and US music, he began his career as singer and conguero at age 11. He first recorded in 1967 with the Joey Pastrana Orchestra (Let’s Ball). That same year he began his tenure in pianist Larry Harlow’s orchestra with the recording El exigente, having already collaborated with Harlow’s brother, Andy. At age 19 Miranda participated in the descargas at The Red Garter with the group that would become the Fania All-Stars. Nicknamed “El niño bonito,” Miranda was featured prominently in the group’s renowned 1973 concert at Yankee Stadium. Also in 1973 Miranda’s own orchestra, Orquestra Revelación, debuted; the title track from their first recording, Así se compone un son, became one of his most highly regarded compositions. He continued recording with Fania Records for several decades, including noteworthy collaborations with Larry Harlow (...

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