Elena Martinez
Bobby Sanabria

Interview with
Miguel Angel Amadeo

Miguel Angel Amadeo was born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, the son of composer Alfredo “Titi” Amadeo. He moved to New York as a young teen, settling in the Bronx in 1948 at 872 162nd St. A composer and guitarist, his first bolero, “Cruel desilusión” was recorded in 1954 and in the early 1950s he founded the group Trío Los Tres Reyes.

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He continues to compose boleros and guarachas and his songs have been recorded by Celia Cruz, El Gran Combo, Danny Rivera and Hector Lavoe, among others. As a young man, Mike worked for Bartolo Alvarez in his famous store in El Barrio, Casa Latina. Later Mike worked for Barolo’s nephew, Al Santiago, at his Bronx music store Casalegre, and for his record label, Alegre. Amadeo bought Casa Hernández at 786 Prospect Avenue in 1969 from Victoria Hernández (the sister of Rafael Hernández) and continues to manage the store today, under the name Casa Amadeo.

During the 1980s when the neighborhood was falling apart, Mike kept the store going, even when he was the only tenant in the building. Due to the store’s history and it’s significance to NYC’s Puerto Rican community (since Victoria opened it in 1941, it is the oldest Latin music store in New York City), the Manhasset building which houses the store was nominated to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003—the first Puerto Rican site from the mainland to be nominated to the National Register. In 2008 he was a Grand Marshall for the National Puerto Rican Day Parade.

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In Depth Interview with Miguel Amadeo
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