Never Can Say Goodbye.
Performed by RV (Raul Vicente Jr.)
Produced by: Charlie Lopez
Musical Arrangements by: Charlie Lopez
Brass Arrangements by: Kevin Rodriguez
Mixed at Skyline Studios, Union NJ, by Guido Diaz
Many renowned New York Salsa musicians had a hand in the creation of this musical piece which I have had the privilege to perform and record. I especially want to thank them for their contribution to this Single. One musician who comes to mind, and that’s because I have gotten to know him personally is Joseph Rodriguez, a Timbalero and Percussionist who has played with nearly every top band in the New York City area including, I have been told, the famed Marc Anthony. Joe played all the percussion instruments on my Single including Congas, Bongos, Timbales, Maracas and Guiro. There are others on this CD, like Joseph, who have played for the best and greatest Salsa Artists of our time, they include; Chino Moreno; Bass, Charlie Lopez; Piano & Organ,, Victor Baro; Trombone, Chris Sanchez; Trumpet and Coros/Background Vocals by; Efrain Rodriguez and Raul (RV)Vicente Jr. Most of the production was put together by Charlie Lopez at his recording studio in Jersey City and later finished in his new studio located on 44th Street in Union City. Charlie is most known for his discovery of Frankie Ruiz, the famed Salsa legend of the 1970's and who is known as one of the biggest influences of Salsa music despite a short but illustrious career. Kudos go to Lopez for having the foresight to see Ruiz' talent and then bringing it to the world. Charlie Lopez also formed and was the band leader of several well known New York based Salsa Bands including Orchesta La Nueva and La Constansa. He also has played for many world renowned Salsa artists as he himself is a prolific pianist. As for me I am an R&B/Pop singer but love to sing salsa. My influences were Frankie Lymon, Little Anthony, Smokey Robinson, Cheo Feliciano, Jimmy Sabater and my father who wrote several hit songs for 1950's Mexican starlet Virginia Lopez, who is also my aunt. Her Greatest hit was a song titled Celeso, which my father and uncle wrote together. One of his songs was covered by the Joe Cuba Sextet. I have been an R&B singer with a few unknown groups and one slightly known group; the Heartaches, a Doo Wop group from the 60's. I became a member in the early 80's and back in the day we played the Bitter End, Chilies, Town Hall, and ultimately Madison Square Garden as the opening act for one of the Richard Nader Doo Wop concerts. We later got a record deal, but it was never fulfilled. In 1986 I stopped performing live and singing altogether until 2003 when I started to go to Karaoke venues. In 2010 I became a Karaoke DJ and at a venue in 2012 I met Charlie Lopez, who unbeknownst to me was the legend behind the legend; Frankie Ruiz. He was the person who mentored and discovered famed Salsa artist Frankie Ruiz. During that venue Charlie heard me sing and asked me if I wanted to get involved in his project, which essentially was to sing the lead on an album he was producing composed of former English language hits including the production of "Never Can Say Goodbye". Since I always wanted to sing Salsa, I jumped at the chance. This music takes you back to times when salsa bands were doing salsa songs with English lyrics. Musicians like Eddie Palmerie, Jimmy Sabater, Joe Cuba, Ray Barretto, Larry Harlow, Tito Nieves and others made the genre very popular in mostly Hispanic households, but some of the songs crossed over. My new influence, and for me one of today's hottest singing sensations is Marc Anthony. I would love for my song to go viral like so many of his have done.