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Bartolo Alvarez (9 November 1914 in Yauco, Puerto Rico - ) was a Puerto Rican musician and entrepreneur best known for establishing Casa Latina in East Harlem, New York in 1948. This record store still stands today, and was the first Spanish-language music shop opened in the United States. He was the father of five children.

Inspired as a youngster by hearing Rafael Hernández play at nearby Almacenes Hernández, Bartolo went on to found Alba and Rival Records, recording some of the era's most popular artists. Unlike the mega-music stores of today, Casa Latina and other neighborhoods music stores were gathering places for local and visiting musicians.<ref>"Places That Matters". Retrieved 18 September 2014. </ref>

In 1948 Musician and entrepreneur Bartolo Alvarez establishes Casa Latina, a music and instrument shop that becomes the primary destination for Latin music lovers. In 1962, the store moves to 151 E. 116th street where it continues its reign as the longest-running music store in East Harlem.<ref>"The History of El Barrio". El Barrio. Retrieved 18 September 2014. </ref>

Hunter College, Central University of New York's "Center for Puerto Rican Studies" recently dedicated a special section to Mr. Alvarez's work. The "Bartolo Alvarez Collection" consists of .12 cubic feet of correspondence, song title sheets, music notes, writings, newspaper articles, concert programs, photographs, and music CD’s of Alvarez’s, from the period between 1953 and 1971. The collection was donated by Ewin Martinez Torres.<ref>"Personal Papers: Centro Library". Hunter College. Retrieved 18 September 2014. </ref>


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Bartolo Alvarez (9 November 1914 in Yauco, Puerto Rico - ) was a Puerto Rican musician and entrepreneur best known for establishing Casa Latina in East Harlem, New York in 1948. This record store still stands today, and was the first Spanish-language music shop opened in the United States. He was the father of five children.

Inspired as a youngster by hearing Rafael Hernández play at nearby Almacenes Hernández, Bartolo went on to found Alba and Rival Records, recording some of the era's most popular artists. Unlike the mega-music stores of today, Casa Latina and other neighborhoods music stores were gathering places for local and visiting musicians.<ref>"Places That Matters". Retrieved 18 September 2014. </ref>

In 1948 Musician and entrepreneur Bartolo Alvarez establishes Casa Latina, a music and instrument shop that becomes the primary destination for Latin music lovers. In 1962, the store moves to 151 E. 116th street where it continues its reign as the longest-running music store in East Harlem.<ref>"The History of El Barrio". El Barrio. Retrieved 18 September 2014. </ref>

Hunter College, Central University of New York's "Center for Puerto Rican Studies" recently dedicated a special section to Mr. Alvarez's work. The "Bartolo Alvarez Collection" consists of .12 cubic feet of correspondence, song title sheets, music notes, writings, newspaper articles, concert programs, photographs, and music CD’s of Alvarez’s, from the period between 1953 and 1971. The collection was donated by Ewin Martinez Torres.<ref>"Personal Papers: Centro Library". Hunter College. Retrieved 18 September 2014. </ref>


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