Humberto Nieves, (Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, June 4, 1959), better known as Tito Nieves, is a Puerto Rican salsa singer of American origin, known by the nickname of The Pavarotti Salsa.
Tito Nieves began his career while participating in Orquesta Cimarrón, a group that originated in New York.
In 1977, he teamed up with singer Héctor Lavoe and his Orchestra and joined the Conjunto Clásico.
In 1979 in New York he recorded the production with the outstanding boricua composer Jhonny Ortiz for the Fania Records label that same year in Puerto Rico under the support of the New Generation label. Tito Nieves recorded with the also boricua percussionist Julio Castro and the Massacre the production of El Pregonero.
Later, Nieves decided to start his solo career in 1987, apart from singing salsa in English.
He is known for his hits such as El Amor Más Bonito, Sonámbulo, and the English-language salsa hit, I Like It Like That.
In 1988 he was presented with the opportunity to record for the RMM label. His first big hit for the company was the song “Sonámbulo”, a composition by Leo Casino, which appears on his first album for RMM, entitled “The Classic” which reached a gold record.
With this album, Tito Nieves definitely imposed his interpretive style, launching himself to conquer international markets, setting the tone for other artists who later form the nucleus of what is known as “The Sound of New York”, championed by RMM.
“Yo quiero cantar”, the second album for RMM in 1989, brought a pleasant surprise. The English-language song “I’ll Always Love You”, taken in the style of salsa, became a hit on English-language radio stations.
Thanks to this and other songs, the album reached the numbers to be credited as a Gold Record. With this production Tito Nieves expanded horizons making the famous “crossover” to the Anglo-Saxon market.
His third production “Déjame vivir” in 1991 reached a platinum record, including the hits “De mí enamórate”, “Te amo”, “Déjame vivir”, “Almohada” and “How To Keep The Music Playing”. His fourth recording was released in June 1993 under the title “Rompecabeza (The Puzzle)”.
Inspired by the success of his songs in English, Tito decided to include two songs in this language “Can You Stop The Rain” and “You Bring Me Joy”.
In 1995 his fifth album, “Un tipo común”, was released, produced in Puerto Rico by Cuto Soto and had arrangements by Ramón Sánchez, Julito Alvarado, Louis García and Cuto himself. The production included the song “No me vuelvo a enamorar” by the Mexican singer-songwriter Juan Gabriel and with arrangements by Sergio George.
Another surprise on the album was Tito’s version of Selena’s classic song “No me queda más”.
Tito Nieves definitely had a strong impact on the Anglo-Saxon market with his sixth production recorded all in English “I Like It Like That”. This song took him to great stages such as the UPN TV show VIBE.
Hits from the album Fabricando Fantasías (2004) include Fabricando Fantasías and Ya No Queda Nada with La India, Nicky Jam, and K-Mil.
In 2005, he released Hoy, Mañana and Siempre which contains the hits Esa Boquita, Si No Fuera Él and Tu Belleza.
In 2007, he released Canciones Clásicas de Marco Antonio Solís, a tribute to Mexican singer-songwriter Marco Antonio Solís
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