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|Birth name||Fausto Ramón Sepúlveda|
|Also known as||El Niche, El Rey Negro de la Cancion Dominicana, El Baladista del Siglo, La Fiera...|
December 1, 1951 |
Higuey, Dominican Republic
|Instruments||vocals, guitars-acoustic & electric,[piano], [bass], [percusion]|
|Labels||4Points, Phillips, Fania, Sonidiscos|
Rey is best known as a crooner, with a smooth singing style that has won him numerous fans and accolades over the length of his career. He was the first contemporary Dominican singer to sell out concerts at the San Carlos Theater and Quisqueya Stadium in the Dominican Republic. A versatile singer, Fausto Rey mastery music styles that range from romantic ballads, boleros, waltz, salsa, merengues, bossa novas, blues, jazz and basically any music style. He is one of the best electric and acoustic guitar players of the Dominican Republic, performing in many of his recordings with this instruments. Also plays bass, piano and percussion. Fausto Rey is also a musical arranger and producer.
Born to Cristrobalina Sepúlveda, Rey was adopted by her husband Secundino D'Aza, who was of Indian origin. Antolín Soler, Rey's biological father, had little or no contact with his son in his early years. Soler, who was known one of the best güira players of Dominican Republic, has since retired and established a relationship with Rey.
As a child, Rey had to work as a shoeshine boy, selling saint's images, candy, cornbread, (cooked by his mother), and tickets from the National Lottery. Early on, he would attend the Sunday concerts in the park by his hometown's municipal band, which lit his musical spark. In his teens, he lived in La Romana where his great love for music was growing day by day. He participated and won numerous talent shows and formed a rock group called Los Magnéticos, while already a member of another one called Brahmins in Santo Domingo.
Rey's eventual success was hard fought but after a star-making stint with Johnny Ventura's orchestra he became one of the Dominican Republic's most beloved singer/songwriters of the 1970s, and even recorded briefly for Fania Records(L.P. "La Responsabilidad" with Larry Harlow and orchestra. He started a very popular merengue orchestra under his own name, which scored numerous hits, among them "El Pájaro Herido", "Mi Linda Música", and "De que 'e que priva Maria?" "Brindemos mas Amor" "Se Va la Vida" among other hits. Either with his romantic or dancing repertoire, Fausto Rey maintain a popularity among the fans of his music which proudly called him the "Forever King" "El Rey de Siempre".
Currently, Fausto Rey lives in New Jersey, USA and frequently performs concerts in the northeastern and throughout the United States. Rey has made television appearances in Argentina, Chile, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Colombia, Haiti, Cuba and Panama. In a yearly basis, Fausto Rey keeps performing in the Dominican Republic, where he was the first Dominican singer who gathered 15,000 people as a soloist in a concert of his romantic music.
- Fausto Rey (1970)
- Fausto Rey II (1971)
- Fausto Rey III (1972)
- El Cuarto Álbum (1973)
- Fausto Rey V (1975)
- Latino (1975)
- El Amor es Natural (1977)
- La Responsabilidad (1979)
- Rafael Colón y Fausto Rey Interpretan a Juan Lockward (1982)
- Mi Linda Música (1984)
- La Fiera (1985)
- La Orquesta Más Completa! (1986)
- Sus Éxitos (1994)
- El Disco de Oro (1997)
- Bachata a Media Voz (1998)
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