Oye Como Va

"Oye Como Va"
Song by Tito Puente
from the album El Rey Bravo
LabelTico Records
Songwriter(s)Tito Puente

"Oye Cómo Va" is a 1962 cha-cha-chá by Tito Puente, originally released on El Rey Bravo (Tico Records). The song achieved worldwide popularity in 1970, when it was recorded by American rock group Santana for their album Abraxas. This version was released as a single in 1971, reaching number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100, number 11 on the Billboard Easy Listening survey, and number 32 on the R&B chart.[2] The block chord ostinato pattern that repeats throughout the song was most likely borrowed by Puente from Cachao's 1957 mambo "Chanchullo",[3][1] which was recorded by Puente in 1959.[4][5]

The song has been praised by critics and inducted into the Latin Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002. Due to its multinational origins—Cuban, Puerto Rican and American—and its many versions by artists from all over the world, "Oye cómo va" has come to represent "the interconnectedness, hybridity and transnationality" of Latin music in the United States.[3]

  1. ^ a b Cite error: The named reference MS was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  2. ^ "Carlos Santana", Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Archived 2006-10-17 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved October 1, 2006.
  3. ^ a b Hernandez, Deborah Pacini (2009). Oye Como Va!: Hybridity and Identity in Latino Popular Music. Temple University Press. pp. 1–2.
  4. ^ Loza, Steven Joseph (1999). Tito Puente and the Making of Latin Music. University of Illinois Press. p. 195. ISBN 978-0-252-06778-5.
  5. ^ Sullivan, Steve (2013). Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings. Scarecrow Press. p. 477. ISBN 978-0-8108-8296-6.

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