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Oscar D’León

Oscar Emilio León Somoza, better known as Oscar D’León (born in Caracas, Venezuela on July 11, 1943) is a Venezuelan musician who became internationally famous for his salsa music. In Spanish, he is known as El Sonero del Mundo (“the Son Singer of the World”) and el Faraón de la salsa (“the pharaoh of salsa”). His most famous song is perhaps “Llorarás,” which he recorded in 1975 with his group La Dimensión Latina. He is also ambassador for Operation Smile.

During the 1980s, D’León achieved success in salsa music, and is now one of the great singers of Caribbean music. Meanwhile, he got tired of carrying around his double bass, “and opening the case at baggage claim on the airport only to find it reduced down to toothpicks.” Therefore, he gave up playing a bass onstage. He also started shaving his head regularly, as to not bother with alopecia any longer. He would, however, never shave off his trademark moustache.

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