Percussionist Hector Rudy Regalado Succumbs To Pneumonia

By Andy Doerschuk Published November 26, 2010

The Latin jazz and rock scenes lost a key player on November 4 when percussionist Hector Rudy Regalado died at the age of 67 from complications of pneumonia at his home in Las Vegas.

The Venezuela-born drummer first rose to prominence in the early 1970s when he was hired as a timbalero by the East L.A. Latin rock outfit El Chicano, with whom he recorded four albums from 1972–1975, as well as the band’s 1998 reunion album Painting The Moment. In 1983, he formed his own group, Rudy Regalado Y Chevere, and became a familiar face on the jazz festival circuit, eventually releasing the band’s sole album La Gloria in 1994.

In addition, Regalado played with some top names in jazz and R&B, including Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, Joe Zawinul, Alex Acuna, and Bill Summers, with whom he recorded the groundbreaking percussion album Iroko.

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