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Postby JohnnyConga » Mon Jul 02, 2012 1:35 am

Victor Guillermo Toro (Touro) (born in Ensenada, Puerto Rico on July 26, 1933 - June 30, 2012) is a guitarist and one of Puerto Rico's most famous cuatro players.[1] Toro was probably best known for performing the opening theme song to the 1971 Woody Allen film Bananas, and for his contributions to various Willie Colón and Héctor Lavoe's albums, particularly the by-now classic "Asalto Navideño" and "Feliz Navidad". Yomo Toro composed only one song for Fania label "El Lechon de Cachete" about himself.
Yomo Toro, who had recorded with major artists such as Cuban legend Arsenio Rodríguez and Arsenio's bassist Alfonso "El Panameño" Joseph at the Palladium New York Nightclub. Toro also played at El Teatro Puerto Rico in the Bronx. There, singer and composer Miguel Poventud sang Rock 'n Roll in English and boleros in Spanish with Yomo Toro y su Conjunto.[2]
Yomo Toro was one of artists featured in a major television production about the era of Afro-Cuban music at the Palladium in New York [http://laepocafilm.com/history "'La Epoca. He is of the Toro (Touro) family of Guanica, Puerto Rico.
He died of Kidney failure June 30, 2012.
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Postby jorge » Mon Jul 02, 2012 1:55 am

This is very sad news. In addition to being a great cuatro player and creative musician, Yomo Toro (ibae) was one of the wittiest, most friendly people I ever had the privilege of knowing and playing with. I had the opportunity to sit in with him several times on bongo. Although I am not a professional musician, he always made me feel welcome and one of the band. He was always telling really funny jokes, he really knew how to enjoy life. He will be missed, certainly, but I will always remember his great optimism and how he could always make people feel good. RIP mi hermano, QEPD.
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Postby salcero1 » Mon Jul 02, 2012 10:41 am

Que In Paz Descanse Maestro Toro. Con su Cuatro Meliodico le diete mucha allegria a Latinos mundial especialmente durante las Navidades con Parrandas, Alguinaldos, Bombas y Plenas bien dulce y Sabroso. Te Queremos Siempre. Que Dios te Bendigas y que te tengas en su Reino Eterno.
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Postby RitmoBoricua » Mon Jul 02, 2012 10:58 am

In my book a true innovator of the "Cuatro". His playing and solos in
Willie Colon "Asalto Navidenos" are out of sight, was an accomplished
guitar player also. Rest In Peace Maestro.

From: National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP)

Yomo Toro


We sadly report the passing of legendary guitarist Yomo Toro (full name: Victor Gillermo Toro Vega Ramos Rodriguez Acosta). He died of kidney failure on June 30, 2012 in New York. Born in Ensenada, Puerto Rico on July 26, 1933, he was a beloved guitarist and one of Puerto Rico's most famous cuatro players, recognized internationally as "El Rey del Cuatro."

He was a great friend of NiLP and was a frequent featured artist at our annual benefit dances, the last time being in 2005 playing with Larry Harlow and Willie Colon. He was always very supportive of our work and the nicest person we ever knew, who had a special affection for our Myra Estepa. There will never be another like him.

His musical career spanned five-decades as one of New York City's most revered Latin musicians. Toro's instrument of choice was the cuatro, which is a Puerto Rican 10-string guitar-like instrument descended from the Spanish Vilhuela.

After first arriving in New York in 1953 with his band, Los 4 Aces, he embarked on a series of tours of the Caribbean, finally settling for good in the Tremont section of the Bronx in 1956. He played with Trio Los Panchos in the early '60s and recorded four albums with them, including one featuring Eydie Gormé.

Soon after that he began recording with the legendary Fania label, eventually joining their world-famous house band, the Fania All-Stars. During the late '60s and early '70s he hosted a TV show called the Yomo Toro Show on New York's Channel 41. The show, which featured interviews and entertainment from a host of Latin personalities, was on for seven years.

1969 was an especially fruitful year for Toro at that time, when he recorded Tribute to Arsenio with the Larry Harlow Orchestra -- an incredibly influential salsa album. He also got to hook up with some legends in 1970 when he recorded the classic Asalto Navideño with Willie Colon and Hector Lavoe, combining the new sounds of New York salsa with traditional Puerto Rican Christmas music. The album was one of Fania's best-selling of all time.

In the '70s, '80s and '90s Toro's career continued non-stop. He appeared on over 150 albums, recording over 20 solo albums for Fania, Island, Rounder and Green Linnet Records. He broke back into television and film, playing in commercials for several major international companies and working on the soundtracks for several films, including Crossover Dreams with Ruben Blades and Woody Allen's Bananas. He broke out into many different genres, recording with Harry Belafonte, Paul Simon, Linda Rondstadt and David Byrne. In 1994, however, he returned his focus to a single band, playing in the Latin Legends with Larry Harlow and Aldaberto Santiago.

The 78 year old legend was survived by his wife Minerba, his daughter Denose, his sisters Irma, Iris and Milagros, and his brothers Juan, Angel and Arcangel.

Funeral arrangements and viewing will be announced shortly. On behalf of the Toro family we wish to thank everyone for their well wishes and outpouring of love and emails and especially for their request for privacy during this time.
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