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Johnny Pacheco ASCAP Silver Pen Award Honoring Johnny Pacheco

For over 4 decades, Johnny Pacheco has been a major force in Latin music. Recognized as one of the top flutists of his generation, his nine Grammy nominations, 10 Gold records and numerous awards pay tribute to his enormous talent as a composer, arranger, bandleader and producer. Moreover, he is the pioneer of an unforgettable musical era that changed the face of tropical music history, the era of the Fania All-Stars.

In 1960, Pacheco organized his first orchestra, Pacheco y su Charanga. With their music, the orchestra started a new dance craze called "Pachanga," which quickly brought Pacheco international recognition as he toured the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America.

In the mid-60s, Pacheco founded Fania Records, later gathering his roster of up-and-coming talented Latin artists and showcasing them together in concert. This marked the birth of the legendary Fania All-Stars, which continued on for 30 years and launched the careers of renowned Latin artists like Celia Cruz, Ruben Blades, Willie Colón, Hector Lavoe, Cheo FeliciAño and Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez.

As a collaborator, Pacheco is one of the most sought-after producers in Latin music. Not only has he worked with many of the venerable names that were part of the Fania All-Stars, he’s also stepped into the studio with artists like David Byrne of the Talking Heads, Spanish group MecAño and rap artist Mangu. His repertoire as a songwriter includes more than 150 songs.

Pacheco’s breadth of experience also expands into the film world. He was the musical director of the film, Our Latin Thing, the first movie about Salsa and its influence on the New York Latin community. In 1974, he worked on a second film entitled Salsa. During the 1980s, he wrote the musical scores and themes for the film Mondo New York and Something Wild. His most recent work in film music was the motion picture, The Mambo Kings.

Over the years, Pacheco has been honored several times for his work. The President of the Dominican Republic, Juaquin Balaguer bestowed Pacheco with the prestigious Presidential Medal of Honor in 1996. A year later, he was the recipient of the Bobby Capo Lifetime Achievement Award, awarded by New York Governor George Pataki. In November of 1998, he was inducted into the International Latin Music Hall of Fame.

ASCAP is proud to honor Pacheco tonight with the Silver Pen Award in recognition of his songwriting career spanning 40 years and his vigorous efforts in bringing the vibrancy of Latin music to listeners around the world.

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