Photo: Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement
Joe Arroyo, Gal Costa, Jose Feliciano, Alex Lora, Les Luthiers, Ruben Rada, and Linda Ronstadt will be honored with The Latin Recording Academy®‘s Lifetime Achievement Award, and Manuel Alejandro, Jesus “Chucho” Ferrer and Ray Santos are the recipients of the prestigious Trustees Award, it was announced today by The Latin Recording Academy. These honorees will be acknowledged at a special invitation-only ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, at the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas as part of the weeklong Latin GRAMMY® Awards celebration.
Lifetime Achievement Awards: This Special Award is presented by vote of The Latin Recording Academy’s Trustees to performers who have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording during their careers.
Colombian singer, songwriter and composer Joe Arroyo began his musical journey at the young age of 8, singing in one of his hometown’s most popular music halls. In 1971 he joined the very successful band Fruko Y Sus Tesos (Fruko And His Buddies) and toured throughout Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and the United States, sharing the stage with legends such as Bobby Cruz, Celia Cruz, Hector Lavoe, Tito Puente, and Richie Ray.
One of Brazil’s most popular singers, Gal Costa has recorded more than 35 albums in a five-decade career. In 1981 her double album Fantasia became her biggest hit yet, reaching multi-platinum status.
Seven-time GRAMMY® and Latin GRAMMY winner Jose Feliciano has recorded nearly 70 albums, earned more than 45 gold and platinum records, toured all around the world, and is the recipient of countless prestigious awards the world over. Feliciano, one of the huge crossover acts who paved the road for Latinos to follow, was born in Puerto Rico and began his musical career in the streets of New York where he taught himself how to play the accordion and guitar, earning the title “the world’s greatest living guitarist” by critics around the world. Throughout his 50-year career he has given the world such compositions as “Feliz Navidad,” “Rain,” “Chico And The Man,” “Destiny,” “Ay Carino,” “Cuando El Amor Se Acaba,” and “Por Que Te Tengo Que Olvidar.” A consummate philanthropist, Feliciano established the Jose M. and Susan L. Feliciano Charitable Foundation for Children and the Arts to help give back to the community.
Mexican born Alex Lora is a rock pioneer, emerging in the early ‘60s to invigorate rock while becoming one of the genres’ most important writers, composers and active performers. As the leader of the group Three Souls In My Mind (known better by their short name El Tri), Lora has received three GRAMMY nominations and two Latin GRAMMY nominations and numerous gold and platinum records.
With more than 34 performances delivered to approximately 8 million international spectators and many unforgettable albums, the Argentinean-based ensemble Les Luthiers have been entertaining audiences with music since 1967.
Ruben Rada, also known as “El Negro Rada,” is an Afro-Uruguayan percussionist, composer and singer who has recorded more than 30 albums, which today are considered Uruguayan classics.
Ten-time GRAMMY winner Linda Ronstadt isone of the ‘70s most popular interpretive singers and has released more than 30 solo albums, 15 compilations and greatest hits albums, with several reaching certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum status. Released in 1987, her first all-Spanish album, Canciones De Mi Padre, stands as the best-selling non-English-language album in U.S. music history. Nicknamed the Queen of Rock, Ronstadt has recorded in several genres such as jazz, R&B, gospel, opera, country, choral, tropical, and mariachi. Additionally, she has collaborated with such diverse artists as Rosemary Clooney, Billy Eckstine, Philip Glass, Flaco Jimenez, the Chieftains, and Dolly Parton. She currently devotes time to her family and continues to support many Hispanic social causes.
Trustees Award: This Special Award is presented by vote of The Latin Recording Academy’s Trustees to individuals who have made significant contributions, other than performance, to the field of recording during their careers.
With a career that spans more than 40 years as a songwriter, composer and producer, Manuel Alejandro has a repertoire of more than 500 songs, which have established him as one of the most popular and sought after composers of Latin love songs.
Mexican arranger and musician Jesus “Chucho” Ferrer’s career has seen him to arrange 8,000 musical works in various styles ranging from pop and mariachi to classical and children’s music. Throughout his career he has collaborated with such artists as Marco Antonio Muniz, Aida Cuevas, Placido Domingo, Maria Felix, Vicente Fernandez, Lucero, Luis Miguel, and Joan Sebastian, among others.
Heralded as “El Maestro” of the mambo sound, Ray Santos has performed, composed and arranged music for dozens of premiere Latin orchestras throughout his more than 50 year career. He has produced music for several projects, including films such as The Mambo Kings and arranged music on Linda Ronstadt’s Frenesi and Paquito D’Rivera’s Tropicana Nights, both GRAMMY-winning albums.