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Sep 26
More Airdates:
Sun Sep 28 at 11:30PM on KCET-HD

Johnny Martinez was known as the Godfather of Salsa in Los Angeles, but his influence ranged everywhere. In this documentary, the audience learns how he was part of a wave of Cuban-Style Music that brought all the exciting Latin sounds of the1950s. He 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, Migalito Valdez, and many more. Johnny's orchestra recorded albums for Capitol Records, RCA, Liberty, Columbia, Decca, Tropicana, Fiesta, and Musimex/Sono Tropic. Besides music, his career also included movies, commercials and radio and television appearances. In this documentary Johnny recalls the pivotal moments of his career, and how much he loved people dancing to his music.

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