Born in New York City and reared in Puerto Rico, Elvis Crespo will forever be known as the baby-faced merengue-pop crooner behind the 1998 international smash hit "Suavemente." At that burgeoning time of serious powerhouse Latin male vocalists, Crespo suffered from the fading memory of one-hit wonder Gerardo's "Rico Suave" track and fell off the English-language radar. But County Grind is an un-doer of injustice and righter of wrongs!
While Crespo might've appeared like a kitschy flash-in-pan temporary crossover singer, truth be told, he's actually gone to enjoy a successful career, spanning nine full-length albums, a handful of singles and continued appeal across the Spanish-speaking nations of this hemisphere. Even the 2010, World Cup winning Spaniards celebrated on their return flight by singing in unison his 1999 single, "Píntame."
Though a household name in the Spanish-speaking world, he hasn't gone entirely without a wee bit of controversy; but more on that after the jump. In the meantime, let's look at a couple of points throughout this Grammy- and Latin Grammy-winning singer's career that have kept him at the top of Spanish dance and pop arenas.
5. The Michael Jackson Connection
If you're going to creep into everybody's brain, whether they speak Spanish or not with the "Suavemente" song, you might as well be like the Smooth Criminal himself and adopt the angled-fedora style. Oh wait, there it is!
4. Gerardo Has Nothing to Do with It
It's not fair; it simply isn't fair that Enrique Iglesias was not around then, and that Ricky Martin had not fully exploded, so that larger audiences would embrace Crespo as a multilingual artist and not a one-hit wonder. If anything, it was Gerardo's fault, because even though his 1990 single was already a faded memory, it was the "suave" in the song that brought back the nightmares.