Tin Marin ala Johnny “Chano” Martinez

Great cover song of Ricardo Ray and Bobby Cruz’s Tin Marin” by Puerto Rican salsero Chano Martinez. There wasn’t much information about him out there, although this track does appear on his LP Salsa Revolution (some guy wanted 600 Euros for the whole record – good luck with that). From the reviews I read about the album, the song I put up is the standout track on the full length. So I reckon you people owe me like 40 to 50 Euros. I kid.

What is known about bass player Johnny “Chano” Martinez, is that he began his musical career in the early 50’s and ended up becoming a staple for the Los Angeles/Southern California salsa scene from the 70’s onwards. “Tin Marin” is like a Latin American made-up word game and/or tongue twister. I think it is pretty universal throughout Latin America, even my cousins from Nicaragua used to say it. Tin, marin de dos pingue, cucara macara, titere fue….or something like that. ¡Báilalo!

1. Johnny “Chano” Martinez: Tin Marin

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5 Responses to “Tin Marin ala Johnny “Chano” Martinez”


  1. 2 RubberLuggs November 7, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Thanks for this!

    His “The Salsa Machine” Lp from 1976 is on Ebay right now, for the bargain price of 6 quid. Its a classic, there`s not one bad track on it and I suspect it would fetch a lot higher prices if it was better know.

  2. 3 Romulo Aragon May 24, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Salsero from the old days. Want to know how Johnnys doing.

  3. 5 josephfranko June 29, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Sorry to hear that Phil – At the very least your uncle left some great music. My condolences. Sonido Franko


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