Héctor Lavoe biography
Héctor Juan Pérez Martínez known as Héctor Lavoe was a salsa songwriter and singer recognized for the quality of his music and his unique personality when composing and singing, leading him to have a successful musical career during the 1970s and 1980s.
Lavoe was born on September 30, 1946, in the autonomous municipality of Ponce located in Puerto Rico. He grew up in a family of scarce resources conformed by his mother Francisca Martínez also called Panchita, his sister Priscilla and his father Luis Pérez whom they called Lucho. When he was only 3 years old his mother died, which was one of the biggest blows in the life of the singer.
From a very young age, his father instilled in him a love for music, so much so that at the age of 14 he gave small concerts in his hometown, which paid him an approximate amount of $18 per night, with which he contributed to the needs of his house. In view of the fact that the economy in his family had difficulties and with a view to fulfilling his dream of making money and being famous, being 16 Hector decided to go to New York accompanied by his sister Priscilla. In New York, Hector focused on finding jobs as messenger, trunk, painter, and waiter to get some money.
Later he met a childhood friend named Roberto Garcia who took him to clubs, dance halls and Latin music in the neighborhoods of Lower Manhattan and the Bronx where he gradually began to be recognized for the quality of his music. In 1965 the singer of the singers recorded his first single called “Mi china me botó” in conjunction with the New Yorker band, this song was part of the album Esta de Bala, recorded under the musical label SMC. Hector stayed a few more years in this band playing the maracas and doing some choirs and simultaneously he also sang in other bands of the city such as Alegre all stars and Francisco “Kako” Bastar and his orchestra where he met Johnny Pacheco and Willie Colón, is the second the person with whom soon would begin to record. Since he began his musical duo, Héctor Lavoe and Willie Colón managed to record eleven songs which were highlighted in the albums The good, the bad and the ugly and Vigilante.
Between the years 1967 and 1973 the duo Willie Héctor managed to stand out for productions such as:
- The great fugue
- Our thing
- I will kill them
- The trial
- Christmas assault (Volumes 1 and 2), of which songs like “Juana Peña,” “Barrunto,” “Calle Luna, Calle Sol,” and “La Murga de Panamá” stood out.
In the year of 1973, Willie Colón made the decision of separating from Héctor looking to dedicate himself only to the musical production and to his family leaving also all his band in charge of the singer of the singers. Nevertheless, a few years later Willie Colón would begin a new stage in the music making a duet with the Panamanian singer Rubén Blades. Although initially Hector felt betrayed by the separation, time helped him to forget this and Willie Colón continued recording with Hector in several of the albums he did as a soloist.
LAVOE AS SOLOIST
Héctor Lavoe’s solo career began in 1975, managing to form a base orchestra composed of the majority of musicians who were part of the band he sang with Colón. This orchestra was made up of: Ray Maldonado and Héctor Zarzuela who played the trombones, Tom Malón and José Rodríguez in charge of the trumpets, Mark Dimond who was the pianist, Eddie Rivera the bass player, and José Mangual Jr. the one of the bongos, Milton Cardona who played the congas and Nicky Marrero the timbalero.
His first album as a soloist was called “La Voz” and in this the songs “Rompe saragüey,” “Un Amor de la Calle,” “Paraíso de dulzura,” “Emborráchame de Amor,” “Mi Gente” and among other topics that began to consolidate the path to success in the musical career of Héctor Lavoe and thanks to which he won the prize for best vocalist of the year of Latin NY magazine.
For the year 1976 would come a new musical blow in the career of Hector as he released his second album entitled “De Ti Depende” where he highlighted the theme “Periódico de Ayer” (Produced by Tite Curet Alonso) one of the standard themes of the singer and that until today is very popular. In this time the concerts that Hector Lavoe had programmed were a total failure due to his problems of drug addiction that prevented him from complying with the dates established for his live performances; This generated a great depression in the life of the singer which forced him not to fulfill 100% with one of his tours, to be able to undergo a treatment to overcome his problem with drugs.
The third musical production of Héctor in his solo career called “La Comedia” came in the year of 1978, which was highlighted by the participation of Willie Colón and Rubén Blades in his production and where would come the composition of the song “El Cantante” which was the author of the Panamanian singer, and yielded to Héctor Lavoe by conviction of Willie Colón since according to him the lyrics of the song were more in line with the life and musical career of the singer singers. “El Cantante” is still the theme for which Héctor is recognized, from the name of this song comes his banner by which he was always called “The Singer of the singers.”
In the course of the 80’s, there was an episode difficult in the life of the singer since his apartment in Queens burned down and to save his life he jumped out the window. However, the magnitude of the blow caused him great fractures in his whole body and a long time of disability. Events like this added to the loss of her mother-in-law and her youngest son aggravated again Hector’s depressive problems causing him to fall back into drug addiction, leaving behind all the progress he had made in overcoming his addiction.
Even in the middle of his addiction, by the end of the 80s his musical production called “Strikes Back” was released in which songs like Ponce, Loco, the ticket, taxi, the full one, like I’m not going to cry, she lied and plate of the second table and which he interpreted in his later musical tours to the personal problems that he had. In 1988 exactly the singer was diagnosed with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, which was caused by an infected needle with which he injected drugs. However, he continued with his career giving concerts although he was asked to be at rest.
In this same year another tragic episode arrived in the life of Héctor, since by the depressive crisis with which he came he had a strong argument with his wife and he threw himself from a ninth floor trying to take his own life, fortunately he did not succeed but he had many fractures for the second time in his whole body, which forced him to perform titanium implants to correct them. Hector Lavoe’s health was not the best for that time, and his addiction to drugs deteriorated him more and more.
By 1991 when things started to aggravate much more since the singer suffered a stroke that paralyzed his face and finally ended his career because he could not sing more due to his difficulty speaking. It was the beginning of a life where the singer was immersed in abandonment and poverty after his representative at that time David Lugo took advantage of his disability by signing a power that granted him the profits from the sales of his records.
Fortunately, a few months later Lavoe’s family was able to win the lawsuit by making it clear that the singer’s signature was poorly done in the signed documents. The singer lived his last years in New York where he was presented on concert platforms in which he was honored and his followers saw how each day deteriorated more, until he arrived on June 29, 1993, the day when he died of cardiac arrest. For two whole days, all his followers in New York and other parts of America made a tribute in the “Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home” and later in the burial of his body.
Passed 9 years, exactly in 2002 the remains of the singer were transferred to his hometown Ponce, Puerto Rico, thus fulfilling what he had asked before to die. Hector Lavoe, thanks to the legacy and career that he left, is currently considered one of the greatest salsa singers in the world, thanks to his productions they added a lot of value to the genre and for this reason many monuments have been erected in their honor, always remembered by their people as “The singer of the singers.”
Biography of Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney (born June 18, 1942) is a singer. He was born in Liverpool, England. His mother, Mary Patricia, was a nurse, while his father, James McCartney, was a volunteer firefighter. During Paul’s birth, his father was not present as he was fighting in the Battle of England during World War II. Paul grew up in a religious and strict environment, with his mother Catholic and his father Protestant, but later became agnostic. After returning from the war, his father devoted himself to selling cleaning products and, in his free time, played in bars.
Death of his mother
That’s why his son developed a deep love for music. He stood out in school for his intelligence and discipline and studied at Liverpool Institute secondary school, a good free secondary school. In 1954, he met George Harrison, with whom he quickly formed a strong friendship. At the time, McCartney’s mother was the one who kept the household and for work reasons they moved to Allerton, where they lived until 1964. On October 31, 1956, when McCartney was 14 years old, his mother died from a stroke.
After his mother’s death, McCartney was devastated. It took some time for him to return to normal. His father saw music as a refuge to help his son feel better, so he took him to listen to the Jim Mac’s Jazz Band, where his father played trumpet or piano. He also gave him a trumpet, but when rock and roll became popular, he chose an acoustic guitar. The first song he composed was “I Lost My Little Girl” on that guitar, a Zenith. He also composed “When I’m Sixty-Four” on the home piano.
1957 – Met John Lennon
He met Lennon on July 6th, 1957. McCartney joined The Quarrymen, a school band led by Lennon, in 1958 as the lead guitarist. The band mixed rock and roll and skiffle, a popular music style, with jazz and blues. After several name changes, the band decided to call themselves The Beatles in August 1960 and recruited drummer Pete Best for their move to Hamburg. In 1961, one of its members, Sutcliffe, left the band and McCartney was forced to take over as bassist. They recorded as a backing band for English singer Tony Sheridan on the single My Bonnie.
1963 – “Beatlemania”
They managed to attract the attention of Brian Epstein, who became their manager in January 1962 and a key figure in their later success. With their first hit, “Love Me Do” in 1963, the “Beatlemania” began. John Lennon and Paul wrote a large number of songs together, but later their egos collided and they preferred to write separately. In 1970, The Beatles disbanded. But Paul continued his successful career with songs that reached number one. He recorded his first solo LP, “McCartney”, with songs very different from those that Lennon would write, with commercial melodies for varied tastes.
1980 – Paul McCartney Guinness Records
In 1980, he entered the Guinness Book of Records as the highest-selling songwriter in the world. His theme Yesterday, one of the most celebrated by The Beatles, has around 2,500 versions in the most diverse musical styles. Some of his solo hits are: Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey, Live and Let Die for the James Bond film received the Oscar for best musical theme; Coming Up from his solo album Paul McCartney II. He joined George Martin and Ringo Starr in 1982 for the recording of Tug of War. On Press to play, his next album, was recorded with Eric Stewart.
Awards, arrest, record.
Winner of 18 Grammy Awards, including two Lifetime Achievement Grammy Awards (one with the Beatles and another as a solo artist). He is a vegetarian and an animal rights advocate. He was arrested for marijuana possession in Tokyo in 1980 and was briefly in jail. He participated in the “Live Aid” concert against hunger in Ethiopia in 1985. In 1990, he achieved the record for the largest attendance at a concert with 184,000 people in Rio de Janeiro. Since 1997 he is Sir Paul McCartney, invested as a knight by Queen Elizabeth II.
2013 – Other awards, marriages.
On February 10, 2013, he received a Grammy for “Best Traditional Pop Album” for his album “Kisses On The Bottom”. Later, he received a special award from PRS for Music in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the composition of his most famous song, “Yesterday“. These songs, as well as “And I Love Her,” “You Will Not See Me,” and “I’m Looking Through You,” were written inspired by his relationship with British actress Jane Asher. After five years of engagement, the couple broke up due to his infidelity with Francie Schwartz. He married Linda Eastman on March 12, 1969, and together they formed the musical group Wings after the dissolution of the Beatles. In 1999, he presented his collection of poems entitled “Blackbird Singing: Poems and Lyrics (1965-1999)”. After the death of his wife, McCartney experienced deep sadness.
In 2002, Paul McCartney married former model Heather Mills in an Irish castle. After a long legal battle in the London Supreme Court, in 2008 Mills was authorized to collect one fifth of the 250 million dollars she had demanded from McCartney for their four-year marriage. In 2011, McCartney married Nancy Shevell in a civil ceremony in London on October 9th of that year.
Relevant aspects of his life and musical career
- With 60 gold records and the sale of over 100 million albums and singles as a solo artist and with The Beatles, McCartney is recognized as one of the most successful composers and artists of all time.
- As a solo artist in 1999 and as a member of The Beatles in 1988, he has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice.
- As a solo artist and with The Beatles, he has been recognized with twenty-one Grammy Awards.
- 32 of the songs that McCartney has written or co-written have reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
- As of 2014, he had sold over 15 million certified units by the RIAA in the United States.
- In 1997, McCartney was elevated to the rank of knight for his services to music.
- In 1965, McCartney, Lennon, Harrison and Starr were named members of the Order of the British Empire.
- He has been married three times and is the father of five children.
- He has participated in projects to help international charities related to issues such as animal rights, seal hunting, landmine cleaning, vegetarianism, poverty and musical education.
- He ranks 11th on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Singers.
- He ranks first on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Artists as a member of The Beatles.
- He ranks third on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Bassists.
- Only surpassed by Bob Dylan, he ranks second on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Songwriters.
Biography of Beyoncé
Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, known simply as Beyoncé, is an American singer, actress, dancer, entrepreneur, and fashion designer. She was born in Houston, Texas on September 4th, 1981. She is the older sister of singer and actress Solange Knowles and the daughter of Mathew and Tina Knowles. From a young age, Beyoncé grew up with the conviction of dedicating herself to music. She studied at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and later at the Alief Elsik High School. At a young age, she won a talent contest with a performance of “Imagine,” the famous song by John Lennon. In 1997, she joined the quartet Destiny’s Child, along with LeToya Luckett, LaTavia Roberson, and her childhood friend Kelly Rowland, which later became a trio with Michelle Williams, Beyoncé and her friend. With this group, the singer achieved success, selling more than sixty million copies around the world.
2003 – First solo album.
In 2003, Beyoncé released her debut album as a solo artist, “Dangerously in Love”, which reached the number one spot on the Billboard 200 in its first week with 317,000 copies sold. She also won five Grammy awards, reached the top spots on the Canadian and British charts, and ultimately sold a total of 11 million copies worldwide. The single “Crazy in Love”, which featured the collaboration of Jay-Z (with whom she had started a romantic relationship since 2002), was the most popular song of that summer.
2006 – Album “B’Day”
On September 4th, 2006, she released her second solo album, titled B’Day to celebrate her 25th birthday. This album has accumulated more than eight million sales worldwide and was positioned at number one on the Billboard 200. For the single “Déjà vu” from the same album, she again collaborated with rapper Jay-Z and Rodney Jerkins. This single reached the top of the British chart, fifth place on the American chart and first on the US R&B chart. In the same year, Beyoncé released her second international single from B’Day, “Irreplaceable,” which was her most successful song at the time. It stayed on the top of the American chart for ten weeks. For the third single, “Upgrade U,” she collaborated again with Jay-Z and eventually married him a year later in the French capital.
Album “I Am… Sasha Fierce”
On November 18th of the same year of her marriage, she released her third album, I Am… Sasha Fierce, which becomes a great success like her other works. For this album she released the singles If Were a Boy, Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It), Diva, Halo, and Sweet Dreams. One year later, in 2009, she went on a tour to promote the album, I Am… Tour, and another year later she was awarded six Grammy awards out of the ten she was nominated for. Also, her song Video Phone, which featured Lady Gaga, was nominated for five MTV awards. In 2011 she released her fourth album, 4, after it was leaked on the internet. At the same time, it was known that she was pregnant and she had to deny some media that insisted that everything was a lie.
2013 – “The Formation World Tour” Tour
In 2013, Beyoncé releases “Life is But a Dream,” an autobiographical documentary for HBO, and later performs a tour to promote her fourth album, titled “The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour.” To avoid the disaster that occurred on the internet with her previous work, Beyoncé decides to make a surprise release of her fifth work, “Beyoncé,” which contained 14 songs and 17 music videos. With different content from her older works, Beyoncé explores deeper themes in this album, receiving approval and praise from critics and audiences. Following this success, the artist released her sixth music album, “Lemonade,” for which she performed the “The Formation World Tour,” considered one of the most attended in her career and awarded as Tour of the Year for the American Music Awards in its 44th edition.
Later, she performs in Jon Favreau’s film, The Lion King, as Nala; collaborates with Eminem on his song Walk on Water; collaborates with Ed Sheeran for the song Perfect; and goes on a worldwide tour with her husband, Jay-Z, titled On the Run II Tour. Currently, she is working on her seventh project, the name of which is not yet known, but it is known that it will be released through the Netflix platform.
- She is considered one of the best contemporary popular music artists for her dynamic and impressive stage choreography.
- Her career has been going on for over 20 years and she has won 28 Grammy awards.
- She is one of the highest selling music artists. As a solo artist, she has sold around 100 million recordings and around 60 million with Destiny’s Child.
- During the 2000s, the Recording Industry Association of America recognized Beyoncé as the number one certified artist in the United States.
- In 2014, she topped Forbes’ Celebrity 100 list.
- She became the highest-paid black artist in music history.
- In 2013 and 2014, she was included on Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
- During the 2021 Grammy Awards ceremony on March 14th, she made history by becoming the most awarded female artist in history with a total of 28 awards.
- In 2021, she was included on Pitchfork’s list of the 200 most influential artists of the last 25 years.
BTS (established on June 12th, 2013) is a musical group whose name in English means “Bulletproof Boy Scouts”. In Japan, they are known as “Bōdan Shōnendan”. Currently, the members of the group are Suga (rapper, dancer, producer, and composer), J-Hope (rapper, main dancer, occasional vocalist, and choreographer), RM (leader, main rapper, dancer, and producer), Jimin (vocalist, dancer, and visual), V (vocalist, dancer, and visual), Jungkook (main vocalist, dancer, and occasional rapper), and Jin (vocalist, dancer, and composer). The band is made up of young people and their main fan base belongs to the new generation. The band was formed through auditions held by Big Hit Entertainment in 2010 and 2011, and ultimately, the aforementioned artists were selected. They are also known as “Beyond The Scene”.
After their debut, BTS began to gain followers on social media. Their covers on YouTube and SoundCloud were very popular. Bang Sihyuk, CEO of Big Hit, knew that this group would have a great future. In 2011, they released their first song “Paldogangsan” to promote the Hit It auditions. In 2013, they included the song on their album “O!RUL8,2?” and promoted it on music programs. The following year, they performed on “M Countdown”. Their fame began to grow and some members of the group were called to participate in Jo Kwon’s 2AM’s music video “I’m Da One”.
First songs, concerts, awards.
When they created their YouTube channel, BANGTANTV, and their blog, they began to post some of their songs such as Rap Monster by RM and All I Do Is Win, School Of Tears, and Graduation. Gradually, they created other accounts on social networks that allowed them to be closer to their followers. They promoted their album 2 Cool 4 Skool, which included songs like No More Dream and We Are Bulletproof Pt.2. The song of the moment was N.O. At the end of the year, they would receive their first award as “Best New Artist of the Year” at the fifth edition of the Melon Music Awards. In the future, they began to win more awards such as the Golden Disk Awards, Seoul Music Awards and Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards. They gave a concert called 7 See Concert in Thailand. They participated in the First Japan Showcase in Tokyo, attended by 6,500 people.
2014 – Release of the album “Skool Luv Affair”
On February 12, 2014, Skool Luv Affair was released, which would complete the group’s trilogy about school. Their song “No More Dream” occupied the number 4 spot on Billboard Japan’s Top Single Sales. Over 32,000 units were sold in the first week. At the end of June 2014, they embarked on a trip to the United States to record their new studio album. Taking advantage of their stay, they filmed the reality show “American Hustle Life.” The show began airing in July on the Mnet channel. This further boosted their career and allowed them to give some concerts in countries such as Germany, Sweden, Brazil and Chile.
Nomination for Best Korean Artist
In November, they were nominated for the MTV Europe Music Awards as Best Korean Artist. They managed to release their first full Japanese album, Wake Up. They also won the World Rookie Award at the Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards and two awards at the Japan Gold Disc Awards. To share their musical work, they carried out their First Japanese Tour Wake Up: Open Your Eyes. It took place in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka. They began the second part of the BTS Live Episode II tour. During the summer, they also held a fan meeting tour in Japan, which 18,000 fans attended.
“The fame: Fire, Wings, and Love Yourself”
In October, they won the award for Best South Korean Artist at the MTV Europe Music Awards. Afterwards, the group promoted the single “Fire,” and the music video for the song received ten million views on YouTube in 75 hours. Additionally, Gaon Chart declared that the album had achieved a large amount in sales. As a result, the group became the first South Korean artist to enter the Billboard 200 with three albums. Their album “Wings” was the first South Korean album to enter the UK Album Chart. They received recognition from their government for their work as promoters of South Korean culture in the world.
2017 – 2018 – International tours.
At the beginning of 2017, BTS carried out their Live Trilogy Episode III: The Wings Tour. They were the first K-pop group to perform at the American Music Awards, which increased their international popularity. In the middle of the year 2017, they released their second compilation album Love Yourself: Answer. They also released the music video for their new single IDOL, and a version with Nicki Minaj’s participation.
In August 2018, the group began the BTS World Tour: Love Yourself. Shortly after, their collaboration with Steve Aoki, Waste It on Me, was released. In November, Love Yourself: Answer and Mic Drop remix were certified gold and platinum respectively. On November 15th, Burn the Stage: The Movie was released, a documentary style film about the band that was supported and distributed by YouTube. At the end of the year, BTS would again win the Artist of the Year award at the Melon Music Awards, the MAMA and the AAA.
Current – Map of the Soul: Persona
At the beginning of 2019, it was announced that the group was ready to make their comeback with a new album and concept, which would continue in some degree what was shown in the Love Yourself era. After participating for the first time at the Grammys as presenters, the group announced the end of Love Yourself with their Speak Yourself tour. Finally, in April, the group made their comeback with Map of the Soul: Persona, an EP that would have as its intro the RM solo, Persona. Its main theme was Boy With Luv, a collaboration with Halsey.
This new work and new era is apparently inspired – like most of their albums – by various books and research. The influence of Carl Jung’s thought on this new project is noteworthy. Boy With Luv was a huge success in the USA and Europe. Shortly after, the group received the Top Social Artist award from the Billboard Music Awards for the third consecutive time, as well as the Top Duo/Group award, being the first Korean group to achieve it.
Thanks to these new achievements and the success of the album, the group’s popularity increased even more. They participated in The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Good Morning America. In May, Gaon announced that Map of the Soul: Persona was the best-selling album in South Korea’s history.
Continuing with the Map of the Soul era, at the beginning of 2020, the first previews of their next album Map of the Soul: 7 appeared, which was scheduled for February 21, 2020. On January 9, the album’s intro, Suga’s solo Shadow, was released, followed later by the first single Black Swan. After its release, Black Swan became a worldwide trend. Later, on February 2nd, they released the outro Ego, performed by J-Hope, and on February 12th, the concept photos of the album were revealed, revealing the sub-units.
Released on February 21, 2020, Map of the Soul: 7 contains 20 songs, including those already released, Black Swan, Ego and Shadow, and songs featured in Map of the Soul: Persona (Persona, Dionysus, Make It Right, Boy with Luv, etc.). The album also features solos My Tyme (Jungkook), Inner Child (V), Moon (Jin) and Filter (Jimin) and themes by sub-units Ugh! (RM, J-Hope and Suga), 00:00 (Zero O’Clock) (Jimin, Jk and V) and Jamais Vu (Jin, J-Hope and JK). The album also includes a collaboration with Sia and a theme co-written by Troye Sivan, Louder Than Bombs.
What charitable events has BTS participated in?
BTS has participated in various charity events. They were at Naver in the collaboration campaign of a charity organization that promotes organ donation, the registration of stem cell donation, support with medical expenses for patients and blood banks. They helped several families affected by the Sewol ferry disaster in 2014. In total, BTS officially launched their Love Myself campaign in partnership with UNICEF, to protect and support children and teenagers who are victims of domestic and school violence, as well as sexual crimes around the world. Along with other celebrities, they made a video Dream Still Lives, as a tribute to Stevie Wonder and Martin Luther King Jr. They gave a short speech at Generation without Limits. The purpose of this project is to provide quality education and training for young people.
- Idol ft. Nicki Minaj.
- Boy With Luv ft. Halsey.
- Waste It on Me de Steve Aoki.
- The Truth Untold ft. Steve Aoki.
- Make It Right ft. Lauv.
- On ft. Sia
- Dark & Wild (2014)
- Wings (2016)
- Love Yourself: Tear (2018)
- Map of the Soul: 7 (2020)
- Japones: Wake Up (2014), Youth (2016) y Face Yourself (2018)
- O!RUL8,2? (2013)
- Skool Luv Affair (2014)
- The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 1 (2015)
- The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 2 (2015)
- Love Yourself: Her (2017)
- Map of the Soul: Persona (2019)
- The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever (2016)
- The Best of BTS: Korea Edition (2017)
- Love Yourself: Answer (2018)
Metallica is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles and based in San Francisco. It is considered one of the leading groups in the subgenre and throughout its 35-year career it has won numerous awards, including 9 Grammys, 2 American Music Awards, 2 MTV awards, 2 Billboard awards, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1980 – Beginnings
The history of the band begins in 1980 when Lars Ulrich, the son of tennis player Torben Ulrich, placed an ad in the magazine Recycler looking for a guitarist for a metal band influenced by the British New Wave of Heavy Metal. James Hetfield responded to the ad and joined Ulrich as the first members of the band. Ron McGovney joined as bassist and Lloyd Grant as lead guitarist. With this first formation, the band recorded its first demo, Hit the Lights, considered one of the first thrash metal songs. However, they soon realized that the lineup was not working and Lloyd was replaced by Dave Mustaine.
Despite the early disastrous performances due to the lack of experience of the members, the band continued and released No Life ’till Leather, showing a more aggressive sound. Additionally, Ron McGovney was replaced by Cliff Burton as bassist and Dave Mustaine was replaced by Kirk Hammett due to his alcohol addiction. Since then, James Hetfield has taken on both the role of rhythm guitarist and singer.
1983 – Release of ‘Kill ‘Em All’
With this new lineup and having Johnny Zazula as their manager, the band released in 1983 Kill ‘Em All, which gained notoriety in the metal scene and sold more than 300,000 copies. After a tour of the United States and a concert in Holland where they reached their largest audience to date, with 5,000 people, the band released the album Ride the Lightening with Megaforce Records in 1984, which received critical acclaim for its melodic sound.
“1991 – Release of the ‘The Black Album'”
After this work, the band released Master of Puppets in 1986 and embarked on a promotional tour that was cut short by an accident in which the bassist Cliff Burton died. After reflecting on their future, the band incorporated Jason Newsted and recorded …And Justice for All, an album with a denser sound that, despite its commercial success and a Grammy nomination, received criticism for being unoriginal and moving away from heavy metal. However, it wouldn’t be until the release of their album Metallica in 1991, known as The Black Album, that they reached great success, selling half a million copies in the first week of sales in the United States and reaching the top of the Billboard chart. This work led to two similar albums, Load in 1996 and ReLoad in 1997, which received negative reviews for their proximity to alternative rock and their distance from traditional heavy metal, disappointing their older fanbase.
“2001 – Documentary, Tours, Awards”
In 2001, Jason Newsted left the band and Metallica struggled to find a suitable replacement for some time. Therefore, they had to record their next album, St. Anger, with their producer Bob Rock playing bass. However, Robert Trujillo soon joined the band’s lineup. Three years later, the documentary Some Kind of Monster was released, which portrays the recording process of the last album and the internal conflicts that the band had with Dave Mustaine. After a tour in 2006 in which they played Master of Puppets again to celebrate its 20th anniversary, and the release of a compilation of their videos titled The Videos, Metallica was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Later, they released Death Magnetic in 2008 and the conceptual album Lulu in 2011, which was poorly received by their fans. In 2012, the band founded their own record label, Blackened, and performed a concert in Antarctica to raise awareness about polar melting and environmental crisis. In 2016, they released Hardwired… to Self-Destruct. Currently, the band is still active.
Biography of Joaquín Sabina
Joaquín Ramón Martínez Sabina (February 12, 1949) is a composer and singer of urban folk-rock, poet, and painter, widely known as Joaquín Sabina. He was born in Úbeda, Jaén, Spain. His mother, Adela Sabina del Campo, was a housewife, and his father, Jerónimo Martínez Gallego, worked as a police inspector. His family, being very Catholic, enrolled him in a school run by the Carmelite nuns. From an early age, the young Sabina demonstrated his ability in writing poetry and composing music. He formed a band with his friends called Merry Youngs, which mainly covered rock singers such as Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, and Little Richard.
At that time, he had his first girlfriend, known as Chispa, who was the muse of many of his compositions and some love poems. From the beginning, the father, a notary from Úbeda, of the young woman was against this relationship. So, a few months later, they went on a series of adventures to be together. Joaquín and Chispa went to Granollers and then reunited to escape to the Aran Valley located in Lérida, where they lived together for a time. Sabina returned to resume his studies in a school run by the Salesian Order. He continued writing and learned about Fray Luis de León, Jorge Manrique, and José Hierro. He also read Marcel Proust, James Joyce, and Herbert Marcuse.
He received his first guitar from his father. After finishing high school, he obtained a job as a composer and director of a theater group in Granada. In 1976, he decided to temporarily reside in England, but later returned to Spain and settled in Madrid. During this period, he was closely associated with La Mandrágora, a bohemian art venue where he met Javier Krahe and Alberto Pérez, musicians. Sabina secured a contract with the record label Movieplay and in 1978 released his first album: “Inventario”. Then came “Malas Compañías” with the Epic label.
The previous album, which was a hit in 1980, achieved several successes thanks to the songs: “Pongamos que hablo de Madrid”, “Calle Melancolía” or “Círculos viciosos”. A year later, “La Mandrágora” was released, an album that was well received. His figure began to be compared and placed on the level of great established figures such as Ana Belén, Miguel Ríos, Javier Gurruchaga, Hilario Camacho, Juan Antonio Muriel and Los Secretos. He was invited to participate in the television program “Si yo fuera presidente” by Fernando García Tola and compose television theme songs for programs such as “Con las manos en la masa” and “Esto es lo que hay”. In 1985, he established his own label BMG-Ariola.
From his label came the album “Joaquín Sabina y Viceversa,” its release was promoted on television, but a controversy arose and the song “Cuervo Ingenuo,” performed by Javier Krahe, had to be censored for its reference to President Felipe González. From then on, several important productions were released that were well received among the Spanish audience, and even internationally, these were: “Hotel, dulce hotel” (1987), “El hombre del traje gris” (1988); with songs like “Con un par” from the album “Mentiras piadosas” (1990), and “Nos dieron las diez” from his next work “Física y Química” (1992).
Definitely, since Joaquín Sabina began his music career, he managed to attract the attention of a younger audience than his own generation and was established as a worthy heir to a throne occupied for a long time by the singer Joan Manuel Serrat. This was reaffirmed by the success of his following works: “Esta boca es mía” (1994), his famous song “Ruido,” composed by him and Pedro Guerra; “Yo, mi, me, contigo” (1996) was number one in sales, selling 80,000 copies in just one week. He then continued with “Enemigos íntimos” (1998), an album made with Fito Paez, which contains “Llueve sobre mojado,” composed and performed by both, and the memorable “19 días y 500 noches”.
He has been deserving of several awards for his musical career, receiving the Ondas award for best Spanish artist at the end of the 90s. He was also the winner of the Spanish Music Awards for best pop rock author, created by the Spanish Society of Authors (SGAE) and the Association of Performers or Performers (AIE). He also had a productive and successful tour throughout Spain and Latin America where he shared the theme “19 días y 500 noches”, presented “Nos sobran los motivos” (2000).
Upon his return, he worked on “Ciento volando,” a book of sonnets inspired and dedicated to filmmakers, actors, writers, bullfighters and singers. Unfortunately, Sabina suffered a cerebral ischemia that prevented him from being on stage for several months. After his recovery, he released “Dímelo en la calle” (2002) and published a book with his entire songbook, “Con buena letra” (2002). At that time, he devoted time to writing and published “Ciento volando de catorce,” selling 150,000 copies. Between 2005 and 2006, he released the album “Alivio de luto.” Shortly thereafter, he gave a recital at the Madrid Conference Center. In the summer of 2006, he embarked on a tour called “Carretera y top manta.”
After several years away from the music scene, in 2011, the singer began the tour “El penúltimo tren” in various countries of Latin America, this would also be held for the first time in the United States. But due to acute diverticulitis, it had to be suspended until October at the Manhattan Center in New York. He was also at the “Músicos en la naturaleza” festival, held in Hoyos del Espino. He embarked on a tour where he presented his musical work with Joan Manuel Serrat: “La orquesta del Titanic.” In 2013, he published the book “Muy personal,” which included drawings, poems, and fragments of song lyrics. After several successful projects, such as “Garabatos,” he released his album “Lo niego todo” in 2017.
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