El Cantante

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About El Cantante

"El Cantante" is the 1978 signature song of Puerto Rican salsa singer Héctor Lavoe and first single of the album Comedia. The song was written by Rubén Blades and produced by Willie Colón. The 2006 movie about Lavoe's life, El Cantante, takes its title from the song.


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Yo, soy el cantante 
Que hoy han venido a escuchar 
Lo mejor, del repertorio 
A ustedes voy a brindar 

Y canto a la vida 
De risas y penas 
De Momentos malos 
Y de cosas buenas 

Vinieron a divertirse 
Y pagaron en la puerta 
No hay tiempo para tristezas 
Vamos cantante comienza! 

Eh le leee! le lee! 

Me paran, siempre en la calle 
Mucha gente que comenta 
"Oye Hector! tu estas hecho, 
Siempre con hembras y en fiestas!" 

Y nadie pregunta 
Si sufro si lloro 
Si tengo una pena 
Que hiere muy hondo 

Yo soy el cantante 
y mi negocio es cantar 
a los que me siguen 
mi canción vine a brindar 

Yo, soy el cantante 
Muy popular donde quiera 
Pero cuando el show se acaba 
Soy otro humano cualquiera 

Y sigo mi vida 
Con risas y penas 
Con ratos amargos 
Y con cosas buenas 

Yo soy el cantante 
Y me negocio es cantar 
Y a los que me siguen 
Mi canción vine a brindar 

Hoy te dedico, mis mejores pregones!
Hoy te dedico, mis mejores pregones!
Hoy te dedico, mis mejores pregones!
Son mejor que los de ayer, comparenme criticones! 
Hoy te dedico, mis mejores pregones! 
Si no me quieren en vida, cuando muera no me lloren! 

Yo soy el cantante, vamo' a celebrar, 
no quiero tristezas lo mios es cantar, cantar! 
Hoy te dedico, mis mejores pregones! 
Yo te canto de la vida, olvida tus penas y tus dolores! 
Hoy te dedico, mis mejores pregones! 

Si ya tu ves, regrese y te peque esta. 

Oh le lo la laaa, a la laa laaa! Escucha 
mi pregón que diceeee! 
Lo le lo la le lo la le la laaa laaaa!

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Héctor Lavoe

Héctor Juan Pérez Martínez (September 30, 1946 – June 29, 1993), better known as Héctor Lavoe, was a Puerto Rican salsa singer. Lavoe was born and raised in the Machuelito sector of Ponce, Puerto Rico. Early in his life, he attended a local music school and developed an interest inspired by Jesús Sánchez Erazo. He moved to New York City when he was 17 years old. On his first week living in the city, he worked as the vocalist of a sextet formed by Roberto García. During this period, he performed with several other groups, including Orquesta New York, Kako All-Stars, and the Johnny Pacheco band. more »

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Written by: Ruben Blades

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