Ralph Mercado recently passed away after battling cancer for two years. He was 67 years old. Mercado is known as one of the pioneering promoters of Salsa music and has worked with such renowned acts as Marc Anthony, La India and Domingo Quiñones.
Mercado fell in love with Salsa rhythms while hanging out at the Palladium Nightclub in New York City when he was just 16 years old. Watching Machito, Tito Puente and Tito Rodriguez made him realize he wanted to be a part of that world, "Right then I knew I would be involved with this wonderful music one way or another. And thank God I was never a musician; I would probably have been terrible. My forte was always as a promoter."
He is survived by his wife Cynthia and his five children, Debbie, Damaris, Melissa, Ralph Mercado III, and Chanel.