born on 1/11/1955 in Cartagena, Depatamento Bolívar, Colombia
died on 26/7/2011 in Baranquilla, Atlantico, Colombia
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.
Life and career
1955-1971: Early life
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".
1971-2000: Early career
In 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" (The truth).
Joe Arroyo became very successful by mixing salsa, cumbia, porro, soca, kompa, 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.
2000-2011: Health issues, drug abuse and The Joe "The Legend"
Joe Arroyo was forced to stay away from his performances many times 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 Rolling Stone magazine, Argentina in January 2004.
Between June and December 2011 the RCN channel broadcasted a soap opera based on the singer's life called The Joe "The Legend".
Arroyo died in Barranquilla on July 26, 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.
- Main article: Joe Arroyo discography
- Arroyando (1981)
- Con Gusto y Gana (1981)
- El Campeón" (1982)
- Actuando (1983)
- Hasta Amanecé (1984)
- Me le Fugué a la Candela (1985)
- Musa Original (1986)
- Echao Pa´lante (1987)
- Fuego en mi Mente (1998)
- En Acción (1989)
- El Supercongo/La guerra de los callados (1990)
- Toque de Clase (1991)
- Fuego (1993)
- Sus Razones Tendrá (1995)
- Mi Libertad (1996)
- Reinando en Vida (1997)
- Deja Que Te Cante (1998)
- Cruzando El Milenio (1999)
- En Sol Mayor (2000)
- Marcando Terreno (2001)
- Se Armó la Moña en Carnaval (2005)
- El Súper Joe (2007)
- Harris, Craig. [Joe Arroyo at All Music Guide Biography: Joe Arroyo]. AMG. Retrieved on 18 May 2010.
- Colombian music legend Joe Arroyo dies at 55. Retrieved on 26 July 2011.
- Info and Images
- Video of Joe Arroyo
- Obituary in El Tiempo (in Spanish)