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Bobby Capó Interview, Tape 2



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Continuation of Ruth Glasser interview with Puerto Rican musician and composer, Bobby Capó. He talks about New York City’s melting pot effect on Latin music and extrapolates on the different origins of Hispanic music genres. He offers stories of his life on the road and performing in New York City. He includes stories on fellow musicians, such as Rafael Hernández and El Canario, and on how different historical developments affected the music industry.  

Felix Manuel Rodriguez Capó, known as Bobby Capó, was born on January 1, 1922 in Coamo, Puerto Rico. After touring as a substitute singer for Cuarteto Victoria, led by Rafael Hernández, Capó came to New York in July 1940. He became a famed 1950s Puerto Rican singer and composer (especially of ballads, or boleros) and contributed to the unique Puerto Rican sound that still permeates today. Mr. Capó married Irma Nydia Vazquez in 1948, had six children, and briefly lived in Mexico City in the early 1960s. Back in New York, he hosted a popular television show on Telemundo. Mr. Capó  turned to politics in the 1970s, serving as Deputy Campaign Manager for Nelson Rockefeller and as Director of the Puerto Rico Department of Labor Division of Migration. Bobby Capó died on December 18, 1989 in New York City.

See also the film documentary about Bobby Capó in Centro’s collections titled, “Siempre Piel  Canela: La Musica de Bobby Capó” which include performances of his hits by various artists.

Language: English




00:46:02 [Side A]
00:06:53 [Side B]




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Digital Format

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

Physical Format


There is a copy of a CD/DVD available at Centro with both interviews from 4/22/1988 & 02/23/1989.