Joe Bataan


Well I took the subway downtown one day,
Just to buy me some Chinese food,
And as I sat down and looked up what did I see?
There was this little girl a sure looking good

Joe Bataan, 'Subway Joe'

Joe Bataan is a Filipino-African American Latin soul musician from New York. He was the originator of the New York Latin soul style that paralleled Latin boogaloo and anticipated disco. His musical experience began with street corner doo wop in the 1950s, and came to include one of the first rap records to hit the charts, 1979’s “Rap-O, Clap-O.” In between these milestones, he recorded classic albums like Saint Latin’s Day Massacre, a perennial favorite in the salsa market, Salsoul, which gave the record label its name and helped spark the national explosion of urban dance music, and Afrofilipino, which included one of the very earliest New York disco hits.