Johnny Ventura, Who Created the Sound of Modern Merengue, Dies at 81


Rest in Power, Johnny!! … “Johnny Ventura, the singer, bandleader, composer and arranger who shaped the sound of modern merengue in the 1960s, keeping its tropical rhythms while speeding up the tempos and borrowing from rock ’n’ roll, died on July 28 in Santiago, the Dominican Republic. He was 81.”

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An obituary by Gavin Edwards for The New York Times.

Johnny Ventura, the singer, bandleader, composer and arranger who shaped the sound of modern merengue in the 1960s, keeping its tropical rhythms while speeding up the tempos and borrowing from rock ’n’ roll, died on July 28 in Santiago, the Dominican Republic. He was 81.

The cause was heart failure, the Medical Union Clinic in Santiago said in a statement. Mr. Ventura had been eating lunch when he suffered chest pains, collapsed and was unresponsive to C.P.R., the clinic said.

Often called “the Elvis of Merengue” and “the Black Horse,” Mr. Ventura released more than 100 albums over six decades, recording exuberant hit songs like “Patacón Pisao,” “Pitaste,” and “Merenguero Hasta la Tambora.” He won six Latin Grammys, including a lifetime achievement award in 2006.

But music was not his only pursuit. Later…

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