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This profile was last updated on 12/8/10  and contains information from public web pages.

Singer and Songwriter

USD
 
Background

Employment History

  • Original Member of Combo
    Rafael Cortijo
  • Singer and Songwriter, Original Member
    Su Combo
  • Original Member
    Cortijo Y Su Combo
  • DJ Nickodemus
    Broadway New York Inc
  • Nickodemus.com

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Grupo Musical Bombazo 80
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Web References
Sammy Ayala's 75th ...
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Sammy Ayala's 75th Birthday!
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Sammy Ayala's 75th Birthday!
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An original, co-founding member of Cortijo y su Combo, singer/songwriter Sammy Ayala was part of the first all-black orchestra featured over Puerto Rican television daily in 1954 ..... ten years BEFORE the civil rights act was signed into Congress in the U.S.
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Active in his senior years, Sammy Ayala is a member of Zon del Barrio alongside Yomo Toro who will be celebrating Sammy's birthday.
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Tags: Antilles, C, Combo, Congress, Cortijo, Cortijo y su Combo, member, Sammy Ayala, singer /songwriter, USD, www.zondelbarrio.com, Yomo Toro
Zon del Barrio - Music from the Streets of Latin New York
www.zondelbarrio.com, 9 Jan 2008 [cached]
Sammy Ayala Singer/Songwriter Original member of Cortijo y Su Combo
The most consistent figure on Puerto Rico's musical journey from folk to popular, Sammy Ayala, born Carlos Samuel Ayala Román February 17, 1933 in Santurce, has been an integral presence from Rafael Cortijo's Combo to Jesus Cepeda's Grupo ABC.
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Currently in New York after a 30 year absence, Sammy Ayala is a member of New York's Zon del Barrio performing and recording three tunes on our debut cd: Cortijo's Tribe / La Tribu de Cortijo.
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Ayala recalls those heddy days of 1954 when Cortijo's brother Gilberto, Sammy's compadre, recommended the young soldier, shipped home from Korea, to sing with the band that would change the sound of Latin music.
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Sammy was a baladeer having studied vocals and piano at "La Escuela Libre" in Santurce.
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However, with Cortijo y su Combo, Sammy played güiro (scratching gourd), coro and established a signature falsetto "ah, ah, ah" prevalent throughout Cortijo recordings.
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Sammy confesses.
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Sammy remained with Cortijo during the recording of "Los Internacionales" in 1962 when Rafa's Combo sported a new musical team, and Sammy joined Ismael Rivera and his Cachimbos in the mid 60s before returning to Rafael Cortijo y su Bonche during the '70s.
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Sammy remained with Cortijo during the recording of "Los Internacionales" in 1962 when Rafa's Combo sported a new musical team, and Sammy joined Ismael Rivera and his Cachimbos in the mid 60s before returning to Rafael Cortijo y su Bonche during the '70s.
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Sammy Ayala stood firm alongside Cortijo until the Maestro's last recording, El Sueño del Maestro where Sammy records "second voice" on a bolero on the 1980 recording.
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Meanwhile, Ayala has composed several hits such as "Lo Deje Llorando" interpreted by both Ismael Rivera and Hector LaVoe; "Dios Los Cría y Ellos Se Junta;" "Como Son Las Cosas" (bomba) and "Para Mi Gente" (plena) on the reunion record Juntos Otra Vez over the Coco label.
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During Cortijo's turbulent times in 1962, Sammy returned to school studying accounting and receiving a vocational certificate before enlisting in the Merchant Marines. He formed his own quintet recording the hit tune "La Picua" before it was popularized by Marvin Santiago. Ayala then went on to sing with Pepito Anengue, Liselia Sanjurjo and Nacho Sanabria.
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By 1965, Ayala returned to Cortijo when the bandleader, with the help of Tito Puente, put together an orchestra and a recording, "Bienvenidos," to welcome Ismael Rivera who had just spent more than four years in a federal penetentiary in Lexington Kentucky.
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Sammy Ayala left the music scene the following year in 1966 for the Merchant Marines travelling for two years before returning to Puerto Rico only to leave for New York and the music scene there. He joined the Gilberto Cruz Sextet where he is first recorded as a soloist on the Lp, "Yes I Will" in 1969 also featuring one of Ayala's bombas, "Trata de Querer," over Tico.
He joins the Joe Acosta Orchestra before getting the call from his compadre, Ismael Rivera to join his band, Los Cachimbos recording another one of his compositions: "Parece Que le Gusta" over Vaya Records. But Cortijo called him back to the Island where, by 1978, Ayala joins the maestro's "Bonche."
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After a stint as a public servant for the Puerto Rico Lottery, Ayala forms Grupo Musical Bombazo 80 where his recording is filled with his own compositions featuring "Que He De Hacer," "Seguiré Mi Camino," "Cuide A La Comay" (bomba), "Señor Alcalde" (bomba), "Todo Cambio," "No Te Confundas," "Me Voy Queriéndote," among others.
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Sammy Ayala has fathered four children: Carlos Samuel, Lourdes Caridad, Nayda Esther & Carlos Luís, and is immensely proud of his 13 grandchildren.
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Enjoying his golden years, Sammy Ayala is savoring the fruits of his numerous labors while drinking the milk of his music on the stage of life.
Music From Zon Del Barrio & ...
www.unionsettlement.org, 17 Mar 2008 [cached]
Music From Zon Del Barrio & Sammy Ayala, Dance Performance by Danza Fiesta New Yorkers Invited to Celebrate the Energy, Diversity and Spirit of East Harlem New York City - March 17, 2008 - Music and dance representative of the diversity of the East Harlem community will ring in Union Settlement Association's seventh annual Sounds of East Harlem Benefit on Tuesday, April 8th, 2008, at The Hudson Theatre. Union Settlement, one of the largest human service agencies in East Harlem, invites New Yorkers to celebrate the vibrant and diverse cultures of "El Barrio," and to help support the neighborhood where Union Settlement has operated for 113 years. The highly acclaimed Latin music phenomenon Zon del Barrio will perform funk-based classic salsa, plena, meringue, bomba and boogalu, blending today's urban, bilingual and bicultural lifestyle with rich musical traditions. Zon del Barrio will perform with special guest artist and living legend Sammy Ayala, an original member of Rafael Cortijo's Combo, a band that blazed new musical, racial and economic trails in Puerto Rico in the 1950's and 1960's.
World News 100 Years Of Latin Music in New York To Be Celebrated in Flushing Town Hall World Music at Global Rhythm - The Destination for World Music
www.globalrhythm.net, 4 Oct 2008 [cached]
Zon Del Barrio, led by band leader, historian and journalist Aurora Flores, features Latin Music legends Sammy Ayala and Yomo Toro joined by the Theatrical Dance Troupe:Danza Fiestatake you through a timeline of 100 years of Latin Music in New Yorkplaying an eclectic blend of Afro-Caribbean rhythms: from danza to plena to mambo to merengue to gurachas to bomba to boogalu and salsa. The show culminates in a Latin Carnival procession with twenty dancers interacting with the audience.
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Sammy Ayala, an original member of Cortijo Y Su Combo, the first all-black orchestra to play on Puerto Rican television in the 1950's as the houseband for the Island 's most popular televised variety show. The most consistent figure on Puerto Rico's musical journey from folk to popular, Sammy Ayala, has been an integral presence from Rafael Cortijo's Combo to Jesus Cepeda's Grupo ABC.
BROADWAY NEW YORK | all things broadway | all things New York
www.broadwaynewyork.com, 7 Jan 2007 [cached]
Sammy Ayala, Bronx River Parkway with DJ NickodemusBROADWAY NEW YORK | all things broadway | all things New York
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Sammy Ayala, Bronx River Parkway with DJ NickodemusSammy Ayala is the original singer of Cortijo y su Combo.Member of Ismael Rivera y sus Cachimbos.This 73 year old legend has assembled a band in NYC and will be playing material from his forthcoming album due out on Candela in Winter '06.Sammy represents an era of Latin music that has been relegated to our memories only, but in the tradition of Buena Vista Social Club, Candela brings long lost music back to us.
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