Fernando Villalona, the first artist named "El Mayimbe" (born in Montecristi, Montecristi Province on May 7, 1955, Ramón Fernando Villalona Évora), is a Dominican merengue singer whose popularity started to grow in the late 70s and has not declined ever since. Fernando began singing at a very early age and became popular after participating in "El Festival de la Voz", an amateur TV talent show. After that, merengue icon Wilfrido Vargas hired him to be part of his group Los Hijos del Rey but Fernando and the group would soon be separated after his popularity became larger than the group itself. He would then go into a period of drugs and isolation but never stopped singing, recording some of his best music during that period.
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