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Lucecita Benítez is, arguably, Puerto Rico’s most gifted and iconic singer, male or female, and one of the greatest of Latin American twentieth-century pop voices. While she is typically regarded as difficult or intuitive, or perpetually in the throes of multiple personal difficulties, this chapter examines her as the consummate artist that she is, as a musician’s musician. It examines how she faced demands from nearly every corner of the social spectrum in Puerto Rico, in contrast to her own relationship to the voice as the pursuit of truth or thought. In the 1960s, Lucecita was first a youth star,...

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