Puerto Rican Salsero Junior González passed away yesterday morning at a San Juan area hospital, confirmed his daughter. He was 63 years old. The singer, who had a 40-year career in music, was in poor health in recent days and had been suffering from pancreas and liver complications.
Born on May 7, 1949 in Coamo, Puerto Rico, González recorded as an artist for Fania Records and collaborated with some of the genres biggest names, such as Ismael Miranda and Larry Harlow.
Starting out as a singer for pianist Larry Harlow’s orchestra, Junior became one of the leading figures alongside Celia Cruz, Cheo Feliciano, Pete “El Conde” Rodríguez, Justo Betancourt and Adalberto Santiago in the first Latin opera called “Hommy”. The groundbreaking musical production was performed at New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall, and helped to elevate the stature of salsa music around the world.
During his successful recording career, Junior González earned seven gold and three platinum albums.