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OBITUARY: Johnny Pacheco (1935-2021)

Johnny Pacheco, a bandleader who championed pachanga dance music in the late 1950s and co-founded Fania Records in 1964, a label that specialized in New York Latin music and paved the way for salsa in the late ’60s and early ’70s, died on February 15. He was 85. Pacheco was important for several reasons…


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