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Mike Amadeo Interview, Tape 1



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Miguel Angel (Mike) Amadeo moved to the Bronx, New York in 1948 as a young teen. He found work with Bartolo Alvarez at Casa Latina, a popular music store in the El Barrio neighborhood. Al Santiago, Alvarez’s nephew, later hired Amadeo to work in his Bronx music store, Casalegre, and his music label, Alegre. In 1969, Amadeo purchased the music store Casa Hernandez from Victoria Hernandez, sister of the composer Rafael Hernandez. Opened in 1941, Casa Hernandez was the oldest Latin music store in New York City and is significant to Puerto Rican New Yorkers’ history. Now known as Casa Amadeo, Mr. Amadeo transformed a small record shop in the South Bronx to a cultural institution. The place to go for hard-to-find albums, as well as history lessons on Latin Music. In 2008, Amadeo served as Grand Marshall of the annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade in Manhattan.

This audiotape records Ruth Glasser interviewing Mike Amadeo. Born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Mr. Amadeo talks about the career, musical groups, and experiences of his father, Alberto "Titi" Amadeo. A musician who came to New York in the 1930s, Titi Amadeo was a guitarist that was best known as a composer. He helped develop the Puerto Rican music scene in New York City. He continues to compose boleros and guarachas and his songs have been recorded by many of the most popular Latin musicians.

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Language: English




00:45:46 [Side A]
00:03:15 [Side B]




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Preservation file: 24-bit/96 kHZ uncompressed WAV file
Access file: MP3

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