Ray Barretto


Ray Barretto (April 29, 1929 - February 17, 2006) was a Brooklyn-born percussionist and bandleader with a flair for Latin music who became famous during the early 1960s. He is best known for the upbeat and mostly-spoken (in Spanish) "El Watusi" (1963), which became a Top 20 hit on both the R&B and Pop/Rock charts.

Best known songs (with years) include:

  • El Watusi (1963)

Pop charts debut year: 1963

Years active: 1949-2006

Genres: Afro-Cuban jazz, salsa, son cubano, boogaloo, pachanga

Labels: Tico, Riverside, United Artists, Fania, Atlantic, CTI, Concord Jazz, Zoho Music


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