Héctor Lavoe was a Puerto Rican salsa singer and songwriter who is widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in Latin music. Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico in 1946, Lavoe began his career as a vocalist in the 1960s, performing with various bands in the San Juan area. In the 1970s, he joined the Fania All-Stars, a group of Latin music superstars, and released his first solo album, El Cantante, in 1976. Lavoe's music was characterized by his passionate and soulful singing style, as well as his unique blend of salsa, jazz, and Latin rhythms. He was known for his ability to improvise and create new musical ideas on the spot. His most popular songs include "El Cantante," "Periodico de Ayer," and "El Dia de Mi Suerte." Throughout his career, Lavoe was plagued by personal and professional struggles, including depression, drug addiction and financial difficulties. He died in 1993 at the age of 47, leaving behind a legacy of music that continues to influence Latin music today.