Experiencing the height of his success at a time when other salseros were packing up and going home, Pedro Conga released his landmark album No te Quites la Ropa in 1989, well after the U.S. salsa boom of the 70's had subsided. Born in Humacao, Puerto Rico, Pedro got his start backing up the vocalist Justo Betancourt, with whom he had performed throughout Latin America and Europe. Through his association with Betancourt, Pedro earned spots in the bands of salsa luminaries like Tito Rojas, Anthony Cruz and Maelo Ruiz, among others. A talented arranger as well as a skilled instrumentalists, Pedro set his sights on leading his own group. Pedro Conga y su Orquesta Internacional were introduced to the salsa listening world with their self-titled debut record in 1972.
With better than seventeen records to their credit since that time and a career that has spanned over thirty five years, Pedro Conga is one of few bandleaders with the staying power necessary to thrive in the sometimes difficult salsa market. Celebrating 35 years, Pedro Conga y su Orquesta Internacional released Con el Golpe de Siempre in 2007, featuring the single "No Me La Pongas Dura," a radio hit throughout the States and the band's native Puerto Rico alike. ~ Evan C. Gutierrez, All Music Guide