Boogaloo, Latin Soul, Rhythm and Blues, Salsa, Disco, Latin Funk, Latin R&B, Latin Jazz…What hasn’t Joe Bataan sung?
Joe Bataan was born in 1942 and grew up in Spanish Harlem, East Manhattan, NYC to an African-American mother and Filipino father. His birth name was Bataan Nitollano. His musical experience started on the street corner singing doo-wop in the 1950s. During his teenage years, Bataan associated himself with street gangs. At the age of 15, he spent five years at Coxsackie State Prison for riding in a stolen vehicle. In prison he learned music and six months after his release, he began to record music. He eventually realized an incredible vision to combine Latin music with Rhythm and Blues. As a result of this merger in the late 60s, Joe Bataan became known as the first recording artist to create authentic Latin Soul music. Let the grooves of this originator flow through you.