This is important to clarify, because a lot of people don't understand that I came in '69 and then went back to Panama to finish school.
More Quotes from Ruben Blades:The grandmother, the mother, the worker, the student, the intellectual, the professional, the unemployed, everybody identified with the songs because they were descriptions of life in the city.
So that when I came from Panama... my family was exiled in 1973 and they went to Miami.
And, we watched the Beatles one week after they showed up on the Ed Sullivan Show because of the U.S. Southern Command TV network.
Anywhere you had a commerce center, you had a lot of music.
In those days the big U.S. labels didn't have any particular interest in the Latin market.
There was a lot of stuff happening in Havana that was being heard and appreciated by New Orleans musicians because of this situation. And vice versa.
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