Ángel Santos Colón Vega
(1922 – 1998), aka Santitos Colón
, was a Puerto Rican salsa music
singer and crooner
, born in Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico
and raised in Mayagüez
He was a former resident of Dr. Vadi street of the Cristy residential district in town (which he constantly made a reference of during his lifetime). He sang, among others, with Tito Puente
's orchestra and was a member of the Fania All Stars
. His is the voice heard singing chorus most prominently and saying "Aha! Aha!"
in the original version of Oye Como Va
by Puente's orchestra.
However, Santitos became better known as a singer of boleros
and Spanish language versions of English standards, often recorded with an orchestral
backing. His signature song
. He is survived by his sons Santos,George and daughter Diana Vega, where they reside in Sarasota, Florida, he is also survived by his wife Judy. He also lost a son Hector to Lung disease in June of 1998.