June 18, 1923 - August 15th, 2006
Ray Romero percussionist, this master rumbero
lived a life of music spanning more than six
decades. Born Hernan Romero in Ponce, Puerto
Rico on June 18, 1923, Little Ray played with
legendary bandleaders and musicians in both
the Latin music and American music scene.
His percussion solos have become standard
rhythmic patterns for young percussionists
today. Little Ray passed away peacefully in
Florida surrounded by his family on Wednesday,
August 16, 2006 at 10 p.m.
Ray Romero has played with many famous artists
and musicians throughout his life and career:
Ruth Fernandez, Xavier Cugat Ochestra, Noro
Morales, Joe Locco, Jose Curbelo, Miguelito
Valdes, Rafael Cortijo, Tito Rodríguez,
Eartha Kitt, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin,
Eddie Palmieri, Frankie Dante, Orchesta Flamboyan,
Ray Baretto, Machito.
Little Ray gave back to the younger generation
through education. He taught at the Drummer’s
Collective, the Johnny Colon Music School
and Boy’s & Girls Harbor Conservatory
for the performing Arts. He was the recipient
of the first Living Legends tribute at The
Point CDC in the Bronx under the direction
of Angel Rodriguez in New York in 1997.
Ray Romero is survived by his wife Lucia
Romero, his sister Irma Rosen, his four children
Stephanie Soffi, Elaine Romero, Little Ray
Romero, Jr., and Isabel Santiago, eight grandchildren
and one great-granddaughter.
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