Most Wanted! Willie Bobo – Always There (Columbia)
The opening cut to the man’s 1978 released ‘Hell Of An Act To Follow’ album. And, in the meantime, the ultra sought after Promo 12″ release of this explosive Latin Jazz/Funk cover version of Ronnie Laws‘s classic ‘Always There’.
Produced as well by Wayne Henderson. A cut which Side Effect also happened to cover soon after. Not to mention Incognito featuring Jocelyn Brown who scored one of their biggest successes with it in the early 90’s.
Therefore, here we have a timeless classic, as its title simply suggests it. Kinda hard to choose from these different versions at the end, as they all have their thing depending on the mood we’re in…
Remembered for his collaborations with Cal Tjader, Mango Santamaria and Tito Puente among others, Spanish Harlem, NY-born Willie Bobo finally opened his account back in 1963.
He made his solo debut with the ‘Do That Thing/Guajira’ album on Tico Records. It would be followed by ‘Bobo’s Beat’ and ‘Let’s Go Bobo!’ on Roulette Records although without meeting a great reception at the time.
Willie Bobo is most likely remembered though for ‘Spanish Grease’, the title cut of his 1965 album of the likes.
He sadly died from cancer, aged 49, on Sept. 15, 1983, 4 years after the release of ‘Bobo’ which would be his last studio offering. [More from Wikipedia…]