FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 12, 2009
STATEMENT FROM MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ON THE DEATH OF LATIN MUSIC PIONEER RALPH MERCADO
“The passing of Ralph Mercado weighs heavily on the hearts of the New York’s music community. As the son of a Dominican father and Puerto Rican mother, Ralph was a pioneer in bringing mambo, salsa and other Latin rhythms into the mainstream. Today, his legacy can be heard on the neighborhood streets of Brooklyn and on main streets across America.
“His achievements in music have left a significant imprint on contemporary culture. Ralph never forgot his Brooklyn roots, and he opened doors and took risks on artists that he knew would contribute to the cultural fabric of our society. So many artists credit Ralph for giving them their first opportunities in the business and launching their music careers. From Celia Cruz to Marc Anthony and La India, New York is a better, more creative city because of Ralph’s innovative vision and relentless commitment to music.
“My deepest condolences go out to Ralph’s wife Cynthia and their five children, Debbie, Damaris, Melissa, Ralph Mercado III, and Chanel. Ralph's spirit will live on through the music he brought to the world.”
Stu Loeser (212) 788-2958