Jerry Masucci

Gerald "Jerry" Masucci[1] (October 7, 1934 – December 21, 1997) was an American attorney, businessman and salsa music promoter. He was co-founder of Fania Records.


Masucci was born in Brooklyn, New York[2] to Italian immigrant parents Urbano and Elvira Masucci. His brother is Alex Masucci, who would later become the Vice President of Fania Records and the Vice President of Island Records.[3] He was a police officer in New York City before attending, and during law school. In 1960, he graduated from New York Law School as a juris doctor. He then worked for a public relations firm in Cuba, where he became interested in Latin music.[4]

In 1964 in New York City, Masucci, then a divorce attorney, and Johnny Pacheco, a Dominican musician, established Fania Records.[5][6][7][8][9] They started out selling records out of the trunk of cars on the streets of Spanish Harlem, signing up young artists, creating new sounds, and eventually having hit records.[10] Over the next 15 years, Fania Records helped define the sound, culture, and language associated with the salsa genre, a musical movement that arose partly from the unavailability in the United States of music produced in Cuba.[11]

In 1980, he was running Fame, a modeling agency.[12]

Masucci died of aortic aneurysm caused by a heart attack in Buenos Aires, Argentina on December 21, 1997 at age 63. It was reported that he had three daughters, Darlene, Misty and Corrine.[13][4][14]


Studio albums

  • A Tribute to Tito Rodríguez (Fania, 1976)
  • Latin Connection (Fania, 1981)
  • Social Change (Fania, 1981)
  • Guasasa (Fania, 1989)
  • Ray Barretto ACID (Fania 1968)

Live albums

  • Live at the Red Garter, Vol. 1 (Fania, 1968)
  • Live at the Red Garter, Vol. 2 (Fania, 1969)
  • Live at the Cheetah, Vol. 1 (Fania, 1972)
  • Live at the Cheetah, Vol. 2 (Fania, 1972)
  • Live at the Cheetah, Vol. 2 (Fania, 1973)
  • Latin-Soul-Rock (Fania, 1974)
  • Fania All-Stars (Island, 1975)
  • Live in Japan 76 (Fania, 1976)
  • Live at Yankee Stadium, Vol. 1 (Fania, 1976)
  • Live at Yankee Stadium, Vol. 2 (Fania, 1976)
  • Live (Fania, 1978)
  • Habana Jam (Fania, 1979)
  • Live in Africa (Fania, 1986)


  • Our Latin Thing (Fania 1972)
  • Salsa (Fania, 1974)
  • In Africa (Fania, 1993)
  • Live (Fania, 1995)


  1. ^ JON PARELES (2006-10-23). "Johnny Pacheco - music - review - The New York Times". Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  2. ^ "Celebrating a Salsa Legacy - The New York Times". Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  3. ^ Cabo, Lelia. "Exclusive: Marc Anthony and Other Salsa Legends Share Memories of Legendary Label Fania Records". Billboard. Billboard.
  4. ^ a b PETER WATROUS (1997-12-24). "J. Masucci, 62, International Salsa Promoter - The New York Times". Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  5. ^ "Digital Salsa: The Surprising Rebirth Of Legendary Latin-Music Label Fania Records". Fast Company. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  6. ^ Katie Kramer (2015-01-04). "Fania, Latin music powerhouse, dances to new tune in digital era". Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  7. ^ "Seminal Latin Label's Music Resurrected". NPR. 17 July 2006. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  8. ^ "Various Artists, 'Fania Records 1964-1980: The Original Sound of Latin New York' (Strut)". Spin. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  9. ^ "Spicing up that beat". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  10. ^ "Fania All-Stars". Billboard. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  11. ^ César Miguel Rondón The Book of Salsa: A Chronicle of Urban Music from the Caribbean 2008 - Page 42
  12. ^ "The Fashion World Is Rocked by Model Wars, Part Two: the Ford Empire Strikes Back". People. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  13. ^ "Jerry Masucci, 63, Salsa Music Promoter". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  14. ^ "CAA Signs Latin Music Label Fania Records". Billboard. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
Alex Masucci

Alexander "Alex" Masucci is an American music executive, producer, songwriter and promoter.

Cosa Nuestra

Cosa Nuestra is an album by Willie Colón featuring Héctor Lavoe. The album was the first by the duo to become a gold record, followed by La Gran Fuga (1971), El Juicio (1972) and Lo Mato (1973).

Crime Pays (Willie Colón and Héctor Lavoe album)

Crime Pays is a vintage collection of Willie Colón's early lounge recordings from the late 1960s and early 1970s mainly with Héctor Lavoe, including Guajirón, El Titán, Que Lío and Eso Se Baila Así.

El Juicio

El Juicio is an album by Willie Colón & Héctor Lavoe issued in 1972 by Fania Records. It was the third of Colón and Lavoe's records to go gold, after Cosa Nuestra (1970), La Gran Fuga (1971), and before Lo Mato (1973).

El Malo

El Malo is the debut album of Willie Colón made when he was 17 years old. The cover design featured a double photo of Colón. 21 year old Héctor Lavoe was brought onboard by the producers.

Fania Records

Fania Records is a New York based record label founded by Dominican-born composer and bandleader Johnny Pacheco and Italian-American lawyer Jerry Masucci in 1964. The label took its name from an old Cuban song by the singer Reinaldo Bolaño. Fania is known for its promotion of Salsa music.

Fantasmas (Willie Colón album)

Fantasmas (English: "Ghosts") is a salsa album by Willie Colón. The album was released in 1981 during the Romantic Salsa period and gave him a musical vehicle to explore his new interests.

Feliz Navidad (Héctor Lavoe album)

Feliz Navidad is the fourth solo album by Héctor Lavoe, with the contribution of Daniel Santos and Yomo Toro. It was released on 1979, under the label of Fania Records, and Johnny Pacheco was the Recording Director.

Guisando (album)

Guisando (literally "cooking up a stew") is the third studio album of Willie Colón & Héctor Lavoe issued in 1969 by Fania Records. Guisando was the first Colón-Lavoe album in which they shared the credits and the album cover. The track, “I Wish I Had A Watermelon” is a response to the 1962 instrumental "Watermelon Man" by Herbie Hancock.

Havana Jam

Havana Jam was a three-day music festival that took place at the Karl Marx Theater, in Havana, Cuba, on 2–4 March 1979. It was sponsored by Bruce Lundvall, the president of Columbia Records, Jerry Masucci, the president of Fania Records, and the Cuban Ministry of Culture.

The festival included, on the American side, Weather Report, the CBS Jazz All-Stars, the Trio of Doom, Fania All-Stars, Stephen Stills, Billy Swan, Bonnie Bramlett, Mike Finnigan, Kris Kristofferson, Tony Williams, Jaco Pastorius, Rita Coolidge, and Billy Joel. The Cuban acts included Irakere, Pacho Alonso, Zaida Arrate, Elena Burke, Orquesta de Santiago de Cuba, Conjunto Yaguarimú, Frank Emilio Flynn, Juan Pablo Torres, Los Papines, Tata Güines, Cuban Percussion Ensemble, Sara González, Pablo Milanés, Manguaré, and Orquesta Aragón.


Masucci is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Agostino Masucci (c. 1691-1758), Italian painter

Gaetano Masucci (born 1984), Italian football player

Giulia Masucci Fava (1858-?), Italian painter

Jerry Masucci (1934-1997), American businessman

Matias Masucci, Italian-born American actor and film director

Oliver Masucci (born 1968), German actor

Metiendo Mano

Metiendo Mano! is an album by Rubén Blades and Willie Colón released by Fania Records in 1977. Metiendo Mano! is the first of four collaborative duo albums produced by Rubén Blades and Willie Colón.

Our Latin Thing

Our Latin Thing (Spanish: Nuestra Cosa) was a 1972 documentary film directed by Leon Gast about the burgeoning Latin music scene in New York City. It focused on a concert put together by the management of Fania Records at Manhattan's Cheetah nightclub featuring a group of Fania artists called the Fania All-Stars. The film was distributed by A&R Film Distributors headed by Alex Masucci, Fania Records founder Jerry Masucci's younger brother and subsequent Fania Records Vice President, and Ray Aviles.

Pete "El Conde" Rodríguez

Pedro Juan Rodríguez Ferrer (January 31, 1933 – December 2, 2000), better known as Pete "El Conde" Rodríguez was a salsa singer born in Barrio Cantera, Ponce, Puerto Rico. His son, also named Pete Rodriguez, is also a salsa and jazz musician.Pete "El Conde" Rodríguez was a percussionist who started playing bongos at the age of five. After working with local groups in Ponce, Puerto Rico, he moved to The Bronx during the 1950s. While singing and playing the congas in a Bronx bar, he was spotted by legendary bandleader Johnny Pacheco. His first album was titled Suavito, which was released in 1963.

Just a year later in 1964, Pacheco and his lawyer Jerry Masucci founded The Fania All-Stars, a combination of the best Latin singers and musicians at that time. Pete's first album under the Fania label was Canonazo. Between 1964 and 1973, Rodriguez and Pacheco recorded seven albums including La Perfecta Combinacion (1970), Los Compadres (1971), and Tres De Cafe Y Dos De Azucar (1973).

In 1974, Rodríguez left the Fania All-Stars and concentrated on a successful solo career. His solo debut album El Conde (1974) was an award winner. His 1976 album Este Negro Si Es Sabroso was rated ninth in best Salsa records at that time. That album featured one of his most popular songs, "Catalina La O".

During the 1980s, with the Fania All-Stars on the verge of disbanding, Rodriguez reunited with Johnny Pacheco and recorded four more albums between 1983 and 1989. Their 1987 album Salsobita was nominated for a Grammy. By 1990, he went solo again.

Pete "El Conde" Rodríguez only recorded two albums in the 1990s with one of his hit songs "Esos Tus Ojos Negros" being released in 1993. By 2000, he was hired by Tito Puente to provide lead vocals for a tribute to the late bolero singer Benny Moré. However, the album was released posthumously because Puente died on 31 May 2000. Rodriguez also had a heart ailment, but he refused to undergo bypass surgery as Puente did. On 2 December 2000, Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez suffered a heart attack and died at the age of 67.


Reventó is the eighth solo album by salsa singer Héctor Lavoe. It was released on 1985 under the label of Fania Records. It was produced by Jerry Masucci and Puchi Lavoe.


Siembra (English: Planting) is an album by Rubén Blades and Willie Colón, released by Fania Records in 1978. It is considered the best selling salsa album in the history of salsa music and Latin music.

The Hustler (album)

The Hustler is an album by Willie Colón featuring Héctor Lavoe.

The Last Fight (album)

The Last Fight is an album by Rubén Blades and Willie Colón released by Fania Records in 1982. It is the soundtrack to the film The Last Fight starring Rubén Blades in his film acting debut.

Willie Colón

William Anthony Colón Román (born April 28, 1950) is a Nuyorican (a New York-born Puerto Rican) salsa musician and social activist. He began his career as a trombonist, and also sings, writes, produces, and acts. He is also involved in the politics of New York City

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