Willie Bobo

Willie Bobo

Willie Bobo was the stage name of William Correa (February 28, 1934September 15, 1983) [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&searchlink=WILLIE|BOBO&sql=11:gcfuxqy5ldae~T1 allmusic Biography] ] , an American jazz percussionist.

His son, Eric Bobo (Eric Correa), is a percussionist with crew Cypress Hill.

William Correa grew up in Spanish Harlem, New York City. He made his name in Latin Jazz, specifically Afro-Cuban jazz, in the 1960s and '70s, with the timbales becoming his favoured instrument. He met Mongo Santamaria shortly after his arrival in New York and studied with him while acting as his translator, and later at age 19 joined Tito Puente for four years. During the early '50s, the nickname Bobo is said to have been bestowed by the jazz pianist Mary Lou Williams.

His first major exposure was when he joined George Shearing's band on the album "The Shearing Spell". After leaving Shearing, Cal Tjader asked Bobo and Santamaria to become part of the Cal Tjader Modern Mambo Quintet, who released several albums as the mambo craze reached fever pitch in the late '50s. Reuniting with his mentor Santamaria in 1960, the pair released the album "Sabroso!" for the Fantasy label. He later formed his own group releasing "Do That Thing/Guajira" with Tico and "Bobo's Beat" and "Let's Go Bobo" for Roulette, without achieving huge penetration.

After the runaway success of Tjader's "Soul Sauce", in which he was heavily involved, Bobo formed a new band with the backing of Verve Records, releasing "Spanish Grease", of which the title track is probably his most well known tune. Highly successful at this attempt, Bobo released a further seven albums with Verve.

In the early '70s, he moved out to Los Angeles, where he worked as a session musician for Carlos Santana among others, as well as being a regular in the band for Bill Cosby's variety show, "Cos". In the late '70s, he recorded albums for Blue Note and Columbia Records.

After a period of ill health, he died at age 49, succumbing to cancer. [cite news |title=Willie Bobo, Drummer Who Led Latin Bands |publisher=The New York Times |date=1983-09-16 |url=http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9A0CE3D61038F935A2575AC0A965948260 |accessdate=2007-01-23]


* "Sabroso!" (Fantasy, 1961)
* "Do That Thing/Guajira" (Tico, 1963)
* "Bobo's Beat" (Roulette, 1964)
* "Let's Go Bobo!" (Roulette, 1964)
* "Spanish Grease" (Verve, 1965)
* "Uno, Dos, Tres 1.2.3" (Verve, 1966)
* "Feelin' So Good" (Verve, 1967)
* "Juicy" (Verve, 1967)
* "Bobo Motion" (Verve, 1967)
* "Spanish Blues Band" (Verve, 1967)
* "A New Dimension" (Verve, 1968)
* "Evil Ways" (Verve, 1968)
* "Do What You Want To Do, Tomorrow Is Here" (Sussex, 1971)
* "Tomorrow Is Here" (Blue Note, 1977)
* "Hell Of An Act To Follow" (Columbia, 1978)
* "Bobo" (Columbia, 1979)
* Lost & Found (Concord Picante, 2006)


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