Watch Johnny 'Chano' Martinez: El Padrino Salsero

Johnny Martinez was known as the Godfather of Salsa in Los Angeles, but his influence spanned worldwide. Martinez started playing bass in the 1940s and worked with the great bands of Perez Prado, Chuy Reyes, Celia Cruz, Noro Morales, Tito Rodriguez, Carmen Cavallero, and Migalito Valdez. Martinez's orchestra recorded albums for Capitol Records, RCA, Liberty, Columbia, Decca, Tropicana, Fiesta, and Musimex/Sono Tropic. Martinez recalls the pivotal moments of his career and how much he loved watching people dance to his music.

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