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On 31 December is a special date and around the world. In every part of the world we say goodbye to the old year to greet what's to come. Will be celebrated until dawn with toast and exchanging good wishes but something will change even with regard to the field of Latin American music, particularly the Puerto Rican.

On this date Charlie Aponte, internationally renowned singer, will leave forever the music scene. Now we are told by a reliable source, it writes the website Primera Hora, stating that this historic musician will abandon the historical group known as El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico. According to this indiscretion Aponte would run from the Group solely for personal reasons and not certainly problems inside the orchestra. In short it is simply a man who arrived at the age of 63 years, would like to spend more time with his family. After all, we know that every musician who follows the success lives a life very hectic and most of the time, is forced to move away from loved ones. Of course it is still a very young man but should respect every single choice although it will certainly be a big loss from a musical point of view, especially for the large audience fond of Latin music.

Aponte began his career in 1973 when Rafael Ithier, Director of the Universidad de la Salsa, started looking for someone who was going to replace the singer Pellín Rodríguez. Before Aponte the place was entrusted to Marcos MontaÑes and later, thanks to the saxophonist de El Gran Combo, Eddie Pérez saw to it that the Director of the group arrived in Caguas where he met Charlie Aponte. Ithier asked Charlie to join the orchestra even if the same Aponte had previously performed with the orchestra of Carli Soto. So all this led Charlie, in a very short time, to join the orchestra El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico. And here is his career reaching up to the highest levels until the decision to retire from the scene.

On 19 December was held the last presentation of the orchestra El Gran Combo in Placito de Santurce and was the last official appearance of Aponte.

In conclusion it is important to remember the career de El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, before and after the entry of Charlie Aponte, through their albums:

Menéame los Mangos, el Gran Combo con Joseito Mateo 1962
El Gran Combo … de Siempre 1963
Acángana 1963
Ojos Chinos, Jala Jala 1964
El Caballo Planeta 1965
Traigo un tumba'o, Meneíto Me 1965
El Gran Combo Swing with Pellín y Andy 1966
El Gran Combo En Navidad 1967
Maldito Callo 1967
Esos Ojitos Negros 1967
Fiesta Con El Gran Combo 1967
Boleros Poker 1967
Tú Almoço Boogaloo, Toma Boogaloo 1967
Pata Pata, Jala Jala Boogaloo Y 1967
Boogaloos Con El Gran Combo 1967
Tangos 1967
Merengues 1968
Guarachas 1968
Pumps, Bombas, Bombas 1968
Los Nenes Sicodélicos 1968
Latin Power 1968
Smile, It's El Gran Combo 1968
Este Si Que es el Gran Combo 1969
Estamos Primeros 1970
De tip to tip 1971
Por el Libro 1972
En Acción 1973
5 1973
Disfrútelo Hasta el Cabo! 1974
7 1975
Los Sorullos 1975
Mejor Que Nunca 1976
Internacional 1977
En Las Vegas 1978
¡ Aquí No Se Sienta Nadie! 1979
Unity 1980
Happy Days 1981
Nuestro Aniversario 1982
20th Anniversary 1982
La Universidad de la Salsa 1983
Alaska: Breaking The Ice 1984
Innovations 1985
Nuestra Música 1985
Y Su Pueblo 1986
25th Anniversary 1987
Romántico y Sabroso 1988
¡ Ámame! 1989
Latin Up! 1990
20 Grandes Éxitos 1990
Erupción 1991
¡ Gracias!: 30 Años de Sabor 1992
30 Aniversario: Bailando Con el Mundo 1992
First Class International 1993
Puerto Rico: La Ruta del Sabor 1994
Para Todos los Gustos 1995
The Best 1995
Por Todo lo Alto 1996
16 Boleros 1996
35th Anniversary: 35 Years Around The World 1997
Pasaporte Musical 1998
Nuevo Milenio: El Mismo Sabor 2001
40 Aniversario en Vivo 2002
Estamos Aquí … ¡ Y de Verdad! 2004
Arroz Con Habichuela 2006
Sin Sauce No Hay Paraíso 2010
50 Aniversario, Vol. 1 2013

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