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The sound of Latin teenagers in and around New York during the mid- to late-'60s, Boogaloo was an Anglicized form of Latin music incorporating R&B, mambo, and rock & roll, among other forms. Often known as popcorn music or shing-a-ling, the style is also quite similar to Latin soul. In 1963, two Top 20 breakout hits -- "Watermelon Man" by Mongo Santamaria and "El Watusi" by Ray Barretto -- helped birth the boogaloo. Soon, dozens of groups were playing the same infectious rhythms, usually featuring novelty songs in English, group vocals, and fierce conga playing. Latin veterans like Tito Puente andPerez Prado did boogaloos as well, and young (often teenaged) artists like Joe Bataan, Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers, the Latinaires, the Latin Souls, and the Lat-Teens burst onto the scene. Still, very few artists devoted an entire album to the boogaloo, since the sound was so catchy as to be practically played out after just one or two songs. By 1970, Latin musicians began uniting around the banner of salsa, but even then many serious artists (including Willie Colon) did a boogaloo or two on their albums for comic relief.

Boogaloo Artists Highlights

Ray Barretto
Ray Barretto
Mongo Santamaría
Mongo Santamaría
Willie Bobo
Willie Bobo
Willie Colón
Willie Colón
El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico
El Gran Combo de Puerto ...
Eddie Palmieri
Eddie Palmieri

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Boogaloo Album Highlights

The Best of Pucho & the Latin Soul Brothers
Pucho & His Latin Soul ...
The Best of Pucho & the ...
Jala Jala y Boogaloo
Ricardo Ray
Jala Jala y Boogaloo
Talkin' Verve
Willie Bobo
Talkin' Verve
Picadillo a La Criolla
The Lebrón Brothers
Picadillo a La Criolla
Legends of Acid Jazz: The Best of Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers
Pucho & His Latin Soul ...
Legends of Acid Jazz: The ...
Viva Watusi!
Ray Barretto
Viva Watusi!

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Boogaloo Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Watermelon Man Mongo Santamaría
Fried Neck Bones and Some Homefries Willie Bobo
Boogaloo Blues Johnny Colon
El Watusi Ray Barretto
Gypsy Woman Joe Bataan
Funky Boo-Ga-Loo Jerry-O
Evil Ways Willie Bobo
My Dream Harvey Averne
I'm Tired Tom & Jerry-O
Siembra
Willie Colón

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