Pioneering salsa band leader JOE CUBA has died, aged 78.
The Puerto Rican musician passed away on Sunday (15Feb09) at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan, New York after suffering from a persistent bacterial infection.
The 'Father of Latin Boogaloo' is widely acknowledged as one of the key architects behind the emerging Latin Boogaloo sound, which became popular in the 1960s.
His band, Joe Cuba Sextet, had a string of hits in the 60s, including Bang Bang and El Pito. He was inducted into the International Latin Music Hall of Fame in 1999.
No further details were available as WENN went to press.