Ralfi Pagan – Brother Where Are You?

by admin / Tuesday, 23 June 2015 / Published in Latin Music
Ralfi Pagan may be the least widely known of the great soul singers of the 1970s.  Wrapping his delicate falsetto around subtlly seductive beats that reflect his Puerto Rican and Cuban heritage, Pagan was one of the great interpreters of seemingly innocuous pop songs, including Bread’s “Make It With You,” Smokey Robinson’s “Ooo Baby Baby,” and the Lovin’ Spoonful’s “Didn’t Want to Have to Do It.”  Equally at home in Spanish and English, Pagan established himself in the Salsa world with “El Hijo de Mamá” and “Latin Soul.”   While most of Pagan’s repertoire consisted of romantic ballads, “Brother Where Are You?’–think James Baldwin visits Spanish Harlem–highlights his awareness of the bluesy world that puts an edge on the romance.  Pagan was murdered while on a promotional tour in South America in 1978.

Ralfi Pagan - Brother Where Are You?