New York, Nov 12 (EFE).- The rhythms of the chachachá, pachanga and boleros that were heard at the famous New York Palladium were masterfully revived today by the singer Gilberto Santa Rosa in a tribute to the late performer Tito Rodríguez, who reigned in the golden age of the legendary dance club.
The Hostos College of the public University of the City of New York (CUNY) pays tribute this weekend to Rodríguez (1923-1973) who, together with fellow Puerto Rican Tito Puente and Cuban Machito, made history at the legendary Palladium and at the Latin music in New York.
“El Inolvidable! Tito Rodríguez”, a tribute that began on Friday, consists of two concerts and talks about his legacy.
“Tito Rodríguez was my mother’s favorite singer,” said Santa Rosa, known as “the gentleman of salsa and an excellent bolerista,” at the beginning of the show, after which he performed “El que se fue no haynece.”
Santa Rosa was accompanied by the 13-member orchestra led by Tito Rodríguez Jr., a timbalero, all dressed as in the 1960s, with a red jacket with a black ribbon adorning the lapel, black pants and a tie of the same color.
The Palladium, which became known as “the house of the mambo” and closed its doors after two decades in 1966, was also remembered in the scenery with red curtains and two columns with a small chandelier each.
This concert, which will be repeated tomorrow, marks the debut at the theater of Hostos de Santa Rosa, who performed together with Sammy González -who was part of Rodríguez’s orchestra for 25 years- the bolero “Si tú supieras”, one of the hits of the late singer.
“We continue the trip to the past, to nostalgia,” he indicated and between topics, he remembered the authors as well as his childhood in Puerto Rico.
“I had to be a singer,” he said, explaining that he grew up surrounded by music, listening to Tito Rodríguez at home and Los Panchos at his neighbor’s.
The public also heard “A cigarette, the rain and you”, “My last failure” and “Tiemblas”, songs that marked Rodríguez’s career.
“The boleros put him on another level as a singer,” said Santa Rosa, who accompanied himself on maracas on some songs.
His great performance of a potpourri of boleros, included in the album that Rodríguez recorded to celebrate his 25 years in music, which includes Desvelo de amor, Llanto de luna, Si tú supieras, Toda una vida, Amor esperanzame and Inolvidable, provoked a standing ovation from the audience.
“I have enjoyed making music by the unforgettable Tito Rodríguez. Thank you for the invitation to be part of this great event,” he said as he said goodbye to the public, among whom he heard saying that “it was a concert for history.” EFE
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They remember Tito Rodríguez and the Palladium in concert in the Bronx