Live Music

Frankie Morales & his Orquestra


 Efraín “Frankie” Morales is an artist who has perfected his craft with every stop along the way of his career. This talented vocalist has sharpened and shaped his sound for most of his life, starting on the streets of “El Barrio”, New York City’s Spanish Quartet, and climaxing now on the stages of the world.

His Mom sent him to Boys Harbor Conservatory in East Harlem to study voice and percussion after she realized the raw power and talent that her son displayed singing his “Salsa Concerts”, those first performances for the family at home that give birth to, and nurture the entertainers of the future. At the age of fourteen, he sang backup for Latin legend, Joe Bataan. By fifteen he was singing with Hector Lavoe, and this opened other doors. Over the next few years, he would sing backup and coros for artist such as Ismael Rivera, Ismael Miranda, Celia Cruz, Pellin Rodriguez, Cheo Feliciano, Conjunto Clasico, Luis “Perico“ Ortiz, Henry Fiol, Ralphy Santi, Jose Mangual, & Joe Cuba.

Meeting José Pintor, who also played with Joe Bataan, gave Frankie the opportunity to record his first album, “Sabor Del Barrio”. Soon after, he started recording hits with the group Bad Street Boys. This was an association that would continue for almost five years. There was still room to grow for Mr. Morales. “Growth comes to a Salsero through “work, work and more work”. So when the Lebron Brothers needed someone to record in place of a sick vocalist, it was Frankie who did the recording. Caiman Record then produced two albums featuring him as a solo artist, entitled “Frankie Morales: En Su Punto” and “Standing Out”. These two albums exposed Frank to greater audiences and enhanced both his experience and reputation. This would lead him to being an invited independent vocalist with The Fania All-Stars and Louie Ramirez.

Frankie spent a year singing back-up for Tito Nieves. The notoriety he gained singing for Tito Nieves also brought opportunity as well. With a recommendation from Ralph Mercado of RMM Records, Frankie was offered a job of Lead Singer for the orchestra of “El Rey Del Timbal”, Ernest “Tito” Puente. This “gig” would not only be the ultimate training, but also the ultimate feature for Frankie Morales, as he traveled around the world with Maestro Puente, singing for people of all cultures. Even now, after “El Rey’s” passing, Frankie Morales still continues to sing Tito Puente’s music.

1988 was a real “indicator” as to how much Frankie Morales had grown as an artist. That same year, he was a featured vocalist on Caiman Records’ ACE Award winning recording “Son Boricua” and with Jimmy Bosch’s “Salsa Dura“. This production gave Frankie a platform to show his versatility, as he tore into the world of Latin Jazz. Frankie was a featured Lead Vocalist on “The Caiman All-Stars”. Frankie next recorded “Dancemania 99” live from Club Birdland with Puente’s Orchestra. “Dancemania 99” was nominated for a Grammy Award. Some of Frankie’s “finest hours” had to be the recording of “Tito Puente Mambo Birdland” and “Masterpiece”, Puente’s final album and collaboration with “The Great Eddie Palmieri”, which both won Grammy Awards. Frankie has now recorded with Muziq Inc. Records by Producer Ernie Acevedo, which has released his latest CD entitled “A Toda Velocidad”. Through his voice, Frankie Morales brings the passion of a true Cantante

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