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Tono Rosario

Tono Rosario

BiographyMaximo Antonio Rosario Almonte (born November 3, 1955) is a Dominican singer, featured composer, and former lead singer of the merengue group Los Hermanos Rosario. Tono Rosario is a singer-songwriter, arranger and producer. He is best known for his Merengue numbers. As a member of Los Hermanos Rosario, Rosario has been a key figure in popularizing Merengue, with hits reaching the top of the Billboard Latin charts and the top of charts in Europe. [1\]  Rosario is the top selling Merengue artist of all time. The five-time Grammy winner has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide. He is best known for his Merengue numbers and ballads.Toño Rosario and his brothers were always interested in music. From young, they recall finding whatever instruments they could in house-hold items since they were born in poverty and could not afford real musical instruments. The group that Toño started was called “Los Hermanos Rosario” and it consisted of himself, Pepe and Rafa as the lead singers of the group and the rest of the brothers Luis, Tony and Francis as the rest of the band. They used to play in their neighbors houses and this is how they eventually got to be known and discovered. After their brother Pepe went missing, Toño and Rafa took the lead in the band with Toño as the main singer due to his unique and highly recognized voice.In the late 1980s, after 12 years of being with his brothers, Toño decided to leave the group and began his own solo career. He debuted on April 14, 1990, in the Roberto Clemente Coliseum ofPuerto Rico. He went on to become the most popular merengue singer with some of his albums reaching diamond status. Toño's song Alegria was played at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan whenever former Detroit Tigers utility infielder Omar Infante came to bat. Rosario is considered to be the Merengue Michael Jackson because as MJ Tono Rosario himself has the best selling merengue album of all time with his debut on Wea International (Warners Bro) on 1995 with his 5th soloist album Quiero Volver a Empezar.Toño's song Alegria was played at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan whenever former Detroit Tigers utility infielder Omar Infante came to bat. Rosario is a minority owner/limited partner of the Miami Dolphins NFL team.[1\]Rosario was the first solo merengue act to ever sell out Madison Square Garden.


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