"EN BARRANQUILLA ME QUEDO" The life of Joe Arroyo


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How was Joe one of the most admired Colombian Singers?

Álvaro José Arroyo González (also known as Joe Arroyo or El Joe; 1 November 1955 – 26 July 2011) was a Colombian salsa and tropical music singer, composer and songwriter. Considered one of the greatest performers of Caribbean music in his country.

Joe Arroyo was born  in Cartagena . Born and raised in the neighborhood Nariño in Cartagena, Arroyo began his career at an early age, at the age of eight when he sang in brothels in Tesco, a red-light zone in his hometown. In the beginning he sang with groups like "Los Caporales del Magdalena", "Manuel Villanueva y su Orquesta", "La Protesta" and "Super Combo Los Diamantes", in 1971 he recorded with "La Promiscua"

n 1971 Arroyo had his biggest opportunity of becoming a nationally known artist. He was discovered by Julio Ernesto Estrada, the bass player and director of the band Fruko y sus Tesos and signed up with Colombian record label Discos Fuentes He performed with the band for ten years until 1981 when he began his solo career leading his band, named "La Verdad"

Joe Arroyo became very successful by mixing salsa, cumbia, porro, soca, compas, zouk and other music from the African Diaspora in a unique style. Some of his most famous songs are "Rebelión","La noche" "Tania", "El Ausente" and "En Barranquilla me Quedo.

Arroyo was forced to cancel several performances due to his health problems. On more than one occasion, he was thought to be dead because of his abrupt absences from media attention. Joe Arroyo had to go through surgery because of problems with his eyes.

He was once seriously ill for about 3 months due to a problem with his thyroid even though many had attributed it to drug abuse, which the singer denied in The Rolling Stones magazine, Argentina in January 2004.

Arrouo died in barranquilla on 26 July 2011, after spending nearly a month in hospital due to multiorgan failure. During his stay in the hospital his health deteriorated.The day before his death, doctors announced the singer was suffering from several organ failures including renal and heart failure and he was given his final sacrament by the local bishop. The singer died at 7:45 local time.

© 2015 Nicolas Manrique