Fania Records is a New York based record label established by Dominican-conceived author and bandleader Johnny Pacheco and his Brooklyn conceived Italian-American ex-New York City Police Officer turned attorney Jerry Masucci in 1964. The name took its name from a well known luncheonette regularly visited by artists in Havana, Cuba that Masucci regularly visited when he worked for an advertising firm there during the pre-Castro time. Fania is known for its advancement of Salsa music.
How Fania Started?
Disappointed by the pitiful measure of cash he was getting for his accounts, Johnny Pacheco began Fania Records in 1964 and offered records to music stores out of the storage compartment of his vehicle. To assist with financing the business, he merged with his Brooklyn-conceived Italian legal advisor and advertiser Jerry Masucci, and in 1964 established the Fania name to deliver, advance and market the music of Latinos in New York. The label began as a little endeavor however acquired fame after the progress of Pacheco's first record/collection, johnny Pacheco's "Cañonazo", prompting the development of its ability base Pacheco envisioned. Among Fania's unmistakable stars are: Pete "El Conde" Rodríguez, Hector Casanova, Rey Reyes, Willie Colón, Celia Cruz, Eric Gale, Larry Harlow, Ray Barretto, Ralfi Pagan, Luis "Perico" Ortiz, Bobby Valentín, Rubén Blades, Héctor Lavoe, Cheo Feliciano, Adalberto Santiago, Ismael Miranda and numerous others.
In 1968, Pacheco made a supergroup known as the Fania All-Stars that united the world class of his Salsa artists and vocalists for joint exhibitions and recording. They made their presentation at the Red Garter club situated in New York's Greenwich Village, however it was their 1971 exhibition at the Cheetah, a club in Midtown Manhattan, which became unbelievable. Pacheco as music chief and directed the band in front of an audience. The Fania All-Stars were recorded for the narrative Our Latin Thing delivered a year after the fact.
In 1973, Fania All-Stars performed at Yankee Stadium to an arena with 45,000 participants. Pacheco guided the band to an invigorated group who gave a shout out to each Fania All-Star part.
Starting at 2007, all that is left is "Larry Harlow and the Latin Legends of Fania". In 2003, the 1975 Fania discharge Live at Yankee Stadium was remembered for the second arrangement of 50 accounts saved in the United States National Recording Registry. Masucci, who'd purchased out Pacheco's portion of the organization around 1967, turned into the sole proprietor of Fania Records and the various different marks and umbrella names in South America that he procured and made. Masucci kicked the bucket in 1997, and for the following eight years, Fania and each of its resources were restricted in probate court while different gatherings fought over its possession.
In September 2005, Fania's resources were offered to V2 Records and Miami-based mark Emusica, and by mid 2006, the new proprietors started to reissue material from Fania's overabundance list (some of which has never showed up on CD) with upgraded sound and liner notes. With an end goal to make extra satisfied, Código Records, an auxiliary of the Emusica mark, permitted DJs and makers to remix unique material.
As of July 27, 2018, Fania is claimed by Concord, which procured the name from Codigo Entertainment. Fania's index included 19,000 expert accounts and 8,000 creations.
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This brief story of Fania records is simply unbelievable. It underlines the raw talents these musicians had and the truly hard work they displayed when they wrote and played music. To think that the company still holds music that hasn’t been heard is breath taking. May we one day get to dance all those jewels. Most of these musicians may be gone but we still hear them when we dance.loved this!!
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