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Recorded by:
Celia Cruz, Cuban American, 1925 - 2003  Search this
Johnny Pacheco, Dominican, 1935 - 2021  Search this
Justo Betancourt, Cuban, born 1940  Search this
Papo Lucca, Puerto Rican, born 1946  Search this
Published by:
Fania Records, Inc., founded 1964  Search this
vinyl , cardboard and ink
Diameter (a. disc): 11 7/8 in. (30.2 cm)
H x W x D (b. album jacket): 12 3/8 × 12 3/8 × 1/8 in. (31.4 × 31.4 × 0.3 cm)
record covers
long-playing records
Place made:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
A long-playing record entitled “Recordando El Ayer.” The album consists of a single vinyl long-playing record (2015.195.34a), which features a pink-and-orange patterned label with a notched center hole. In the top half of the label, the record company’s logo [VAYA] appears in bold white letters (it is this logo that is repeated on the label to create the pattern). In the bottom half of the label, the tracks, as well as their respective artists and track lengths, are printed in black letters. On Side A, the following tracks appear, “Besito de Coco,” “Ritmo, Tambor Y Flores,” “Se Wue Tu,” “Reina Rumba,” and “Vamos a Guarachah;” while Side B lists the following tracks, “La Equivocada,” “Ahora Si,” “Cuando Tu Me Querias,” “Verbero Moderno” and “Guillate.”
An album jacket (2015.195.34b) accompanies the vinyl record. The front cover features a photograph of Celia Cruz, Johnny Pacheco, Justo Betancourt and Papo Lucca. The four individuals stand in front of an orange background with two plants behind them. The men wear traditional rumba shirts, while Celia Cruz, who stands in the middle, wears a pink-and-white dress. The back cover is lime green. In the center, there are four portraits, one of Celia Cruz, Johnny Pacheco, Justo Betnacourt and Papo Lucca. On the inside of the album jacket, there are portraits of the four performers, as well as short bios of each. Lee Marshall and Ron Levine are credited as the photographer and designer respectively.
African American  Search this
Instrumentalists (Musicians)  Search this
Salsa (Music)  Search this
Singers (Musicians)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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Restrictions & Rights:
© 1976 Vaya Records
Permission required for use. Proper usage is the responsibility of the user.
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Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture