La Sonora Ponceña

Sonora Ponceña album cover

La Sonora Ponceña was founded in 1954 by Enrique “Quique” Lucca Caraballo. Today, Quique’s son, Papo Lucca, directs the band. The band has stayed active for a remarkable amount of time, recording dozens of albums, including a 55th anniversary album. The history of La Sonora Ponceña is the history of Quique Lucca (December 12, 1912 – October 9, 2016), who was born in Yauco, Puerto Rico In 1928. Towards the end of 1958, the band went into recording mode and included 12-year-old Papo Lucca. In September 1960, the group performed in New York. The group’s main attraction was its 12-year-old pianist, Papo Lucca. In 1968, the group recorded it’s first self-titled album. This 1972 release features the voices of Luigi Texidor and Tito Gomez and is arranged by leader Papo Lucca who plays Piano, Vibes and Tres on this recording.