Aviles Rojas, Victor Manuel
|born on||30 September 1924 at 07:00 (= 07:00 AM )|
|Place||Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, 18n12, 67w08|
|Timezone||AST h4w (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||07°00' 28°13 Asc. 15°58'|
Best known as Vitín Avilés, he was a famous Puerto Rican singer of Afro-Caribbean music, especially boleros. He was known by the nickname "The singer of love". As a young man his father learned the trade of barber while appeared on radio amateur singers.
In 1943 he began his career as a vocalist with the Hatuey Orchestra, William Manzano and the Orquesta Anacaona. In 1944, he moved to San Juan, where he joined the orchestra of Miguelito Miranda with which he recorded his first album in 1947. From 1947-1959 he settled in New York City, where he was part of important orchestras such as Pupi Campo. In 1955, at the request of Dominican dictator Trujillo, Xavier Cugat selected him as vocalist of the album "Merengue by Cugat". Until 2000, he had taken part in about 50 albums of Afro-Cuban music and boleros, singing and orchestral soloist. He died on 1 January 2004 in New York.
Link to Wikipedia biography (Spanish)
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