Valentín, Bobby [Roberto ]
- Edgardo Díaz Díaz
(b Orocovis, PR, June 9, 1941). American bandleader, composer, arranger, and performer. Although he played various brass and string instruments, he was given the title the King of the Bass. At 11 he formed a trio, played guitar, and entered the Quintón Academy of Music in Coamo, then moved at 15 to New York, where he studied trumpet with the renowned teacher Carmine Caruso. He joined the salsa band of Joe Quijano in 1958 and subsequently worked in the ensembles of Willie Rosario, Tito Rodríguez, Charlie Palmieri, and Ray Barreto. Valentín organized his own salsa group composed of two trumpets, trombone, tenor and baritone saxophones, bass, timbales, and a succession of lead singers, including Marcelino Morales, Marvin Santiago, Johnny Vazquez, Luigi Texidor, and Carlos Estremera. A recording agreement with Johnny Pacheco and Jerry Masucci earned him a position with Fania Records as main arranger and bass player in the mid-1960s. Later, he produced ...