Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Ibae: Carlos "Patato" Valdés

Patato (L) and Totico, c. 1967
Photo credit: Martin Cohen,

Carlos "Patato" Valdés passed away last night and the tributes to this influential master will be many and well-justified.

His achievements were numerous, but around here he will always be remembered most for his 1967 recording "Patato y Totico," one of the all-time great rumba recordings. If you don't have it, get it. If you have it already, put it on and enjoy.

Also be sure to visit Martin Cohen's excellent photo tribute to Patato.