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Remembering Little Ray Romero

"Little" Ray Romero: 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.

To view images of Ray Romero's wake, please click here.


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