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Andy Montañez
Andy Montañez

Andrés Montañez (born May 7, 1942), better known as Andy Montañez, is a famous salsa singer from Puerto Rico.

Montañez, like singer Daniel Santos and boxer Ossie Ocasio, is a native of the Tras Talleres area of Santurce San Juan. He is known by the nickname "El niño de Tras Talleres". He is the first born out of 17 children.

Montañez first gained fame as a member of the internationally successful El Gran Combo group, with songs like "Hojas blancas" (White Leaves), "Un verano en N.Y." (A Summer at NY), "El barbero loco" (The Crazy Barber), "Julia", "Ponme el alcoholado, Juana" (Rub Me With Alcohol), "Vagabundo" (Bum), "El Swing", etc. He stayed for approximately 15 years, producing 37 LP's. He left El Gran Combo to pursue a career with Venezuelan group La Dimension Latina, creating a feud between the two groups. After leaving El Gran Combo, he enjoyed considerable success on an international scale with his own orchestra, touring Latin America and the United States several times. He represented Puerto Rico at the 1992 World's Fair in Seville, Spain.

In recent years he had teamed up with fellow salsa singer Ismael Miranda to produce some boleros and bohemian music. By 2005-06 he's creating a new blend between salsa and reggaeton, called salsaton, along with rappers like Daddy Yankee and Julio Voltio. In 2007 he filmed various television advertisements on nutrition for the Puerto Rico Department of Family Affairs (including one in which he sang a rhumba to a dancing carrot).

On November 2, 2006, Montañez won his first Latin Grammy for Best Traditional Tropical Album, together with Pablo Milanés. Montañez was selected to form part of a beneficial concert titled “Somos Haití”., where funds would be gathered to support Haiti after the 2008 hurricane season. [1]

Discography

  1. El Clan de Víctor y Dimensión Latina (1972)
  2. Triunfadores
  3. En La Dimensión Latina (1974)
  4. Dimensión Latina (1976)
  5. Dimensión Latina en Nueva York (1977)
  6. Tremenda Dimensión
  7. Dimensión Latina (1979)
  8. Para Siempre... Velvet
  9. El Número Uno con la Número Uno Velvet
  10. Cuerda para rato
  11. Producto de Exportación
  12. Salsaton-Salsa con reggaeton- 2006 (one of the pioneer albums to use Salsaton, with singers like Daddy Yankee and Crooked Stilo)
  13. Andy y Atabal (2008) Christmas album done with Atabal