Top Five Deep Thoughts on Merengue-Pop Star Elvis Crespo

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.

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