A- BORINQUEN BELLA
B- DESCARGA TNT
At the time,Johnny Colon was rising star and was in the process of forming his own group. Tito became part of Johnny's group and invited Tony to watch a rehearsal.Initially,Johnny Colon was opposed to this intrusion;however,as Tony frequented the rehearsals,Johnnny was more tolerant. After Johnny Colon's orchestra was established,there became a need for someone to sing backup. Tito immediatly volunteered Tony because no one else could "sing like Tony!" Although Johnny was hesitant, he hired Tony for the evening. The show was a success and that night a band was born. Tony played with the Johnny Colon Orchestra from 1964-1967and recorded two albums-BoogalooBlues (1966) and Bogaloo '67 (1967) At the end of the year,Tito left the band to work with Joe Bataan and recorded an album called "Subway Joe" Tony also left the band in the summer of 1967 and started th (" T N T= Dynamite ").Thus, the famous T N T Band was formed. Works completd by the TNT Band included T N T = Dynamite (1968 ) ,Mission Accomplished ( 1968 ) The Meditation (1969), TNT Boys :Sex Symbols (1969)T N T Orcherstra:Together ( 1977), and Caliente (1998). Works by Tony Rojas Orchestra include introducing Tony Rojas (1970) and El Chino Divino (1971) Founded by George Goldner in 1965, this Latin label was started to capitalize on the new sound of Boogaloo, but really ending up being much more. Coming straight out of El Barrio and the streets of New York City, these records came out strong as the new sound. It’s true the sound was around since the 50’s, then known as guajira. One would have to say that the sound was updated to modern times and then added English lyrics to them. Initially, they at Cotique were very liberal in their subject manner, with liner notes and song subjects that referenced LSD, pot, and other illegal substances, all to the Boogaloo rhythm. Cotique was trying to draw these young kids in. You see, Goldner and the new Cotique family were the only label showcasing the young talents of the time. Other labels stuck with older artists and dismissed Boogaloo as a passing fad. Maybe it actually was, as poor business moves would eventually cripple the label, and the older Latin labels would put out better quality Boogaloo records. Despite all that, Cotique remained a sort of Blue Note of Latin labels, keeping things fresh and putting out some good records, even if it was only from 1968-1970. Like I said earlier, bad business practices would contribute to the downfall of the label and the eventual graduation to Disco. There are quite a few good sides, and I believe this is one of them. .... The TnT Band was comprised of Tito Ramos and Tony Rojas. Vocalists in their own right, Rojas was associated with the Johnny Colon Orchestra and sang on the 1967 hit “Boogaloo Blues”. This infusion of Latin rhythms, some American R & B, and the simple fact that these young musicians wanted a sound of their own fueled them to put out records as TnT Band. The song itself slowly builds up to a mid tempo piece of Latin HEAT, drawing equal influences from songs like Archie Bell and the Drells “Tighten Up”, and any James Brown dance floor cut for sure. Cries for a Drum Call!! followed by a really nice drum break prove that point. These guys were doing their own thang in a Latin style, and you know what? It worked. It may not have worked for a long period of time record sale wise, but records like “The Meditation” stand the test of time for sure. All in all they would release 3 full lengths before disbanding, and put out hits like “Mr. Slick”, “Borinquen Bella,” Sabre Olvidar,” and of course this burner. Don’t sleep on this side people, you’ll be sorry you did! Keep Diggin!