“Master” is the word to describe this multifaceted artist, whose multiple talents as a musician, singer, composer, director, and produced allowed him to forge the careers of many young artists who entered the world of salsa, as well as many other consecrated stars, such as Celia Cruz, Willie Colón, Héctor Lavoe, Pete “El Conde” Rodríguez, Rubén Blades, Cheo Feliciano, and countless others who shared billing with him on his albums.
Pacheco inherited his passion for music from his father, who was a musician and orchestra conductor. This environment was perfect for shaping his innate talents. At a very early age, the family moved to New York, where Johnny attended Julliard and cultivated his talent for violin, saxophone, and clarinet.
His career as a musician reached its peak in 1963, when he joined forces with Jerry Masucci to create Fania Records, of which Pacheco was the CEO, creative director, and musical producer. There, he solidified the careers of many who are now part of the history of the ³Fania Family.² This was the record label that would set the standard in Latin music and gain unforeseeable celebrity at the international level.
Many of these achievements were the work of Johnny Pacheco, who was not only an artist, but a visionary who knew how to bring talent to the label. This skill was vital to the quality of his albums, both as a member of Fania Records, and as a soloist.