Thursday, February 07, 2008

Joe Arroyo - A mi Dios todo le debo

From: RaphaelMosquera

Joe Arroyo (wikipedia)

Álvaro José Arroyo González (also known as "Joe Arroyo" or "El Joe") is a Colombian salsa and tropical music singer and songwriter.

Joe Arroyo was born in Cartagena. At the age of ten he was already singing in one of Cartagena's popular music halls. His father had 40 children with different women, a story that he usually tells.

Early Musical Career

In the year 1971 Arroyo had his biggest opportunity of becoming a nationally known artist. He was discovered by Ernesto Estrada, the bass player and singer of the band "Fruko y sus Tesos" (Fruko and his buddies) and signed up with Colombian record label Discos Fuentes. With the band he performed for ten years until in 1981 when he began his solo career leading his own band, named "La Verdad" (The truth).

Joe Arroyo became very successful by mixing salsa, merengue, soca, kompa, zouk and other music from the African Diaspora in a unique style that has earned him the prefix of Sonero de la Salsa by renown critics and fans.
]Health Issues and Drug Abuse

Joe Arroyo left behind the stage many times due to his health problems. In more than one occasion he was thought dead because of his abrupt absences from media attention. Joe Arroyo had to go through surgery because of problems with his legs.
He was once in a coma for 3 months due to his drug abuse.After recovering from the coma he wrote the song A Mi Dios Todo Le Debo.

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