Thursday, March 26, 2009

In memoriam: Manny Oquendo dead at 78

Manny Oquendo
January 1, 1931 - March 25, 2009

Died at 78 from a heart attack during kidney operation.
Iba ayé ba yé t'orún

Charlie Palmieri, Manny Oquendo,
Mongo Santamaria, Vicentico Valdés.

In San Francisco, California 1950's.

Manny Oquendo playing with Charlie Palmieri.
Mongo Santamaria: tack head tumbadora.

Vicentico Valdés band, Ray Coen: piano,
Mike Collazo: timbales Manny Oquendo: bongoes
Tommy Lopez Sr.: tack heads.


orcachaser said...

He was my uncle - my mother's brother. The timbales and bongos are quiet in the world today. Thank you for posting and remembering him.

Rest In Peace, Uncle Manny

patricio said...

Great pics Mark!!