Bobby Capó Interview, Tape 3
Final part of three-part Ruth Glasser interview with Puerto Rican musician and composer, Bobby Capó. The interview centers on his friendships and personal thoughts on fellow musicians. He discusses the trajectory of Hispanic musicians in the USA and the dynamics of "cross-over" artists. He includes an introspective take on the impact of Afro-Cuban jazz.
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.