Ismael Miranda “El Niño Bonito de la Salsa” (The Pretty Boy of Salsa). Miranda is a Puerto Rican singer & bandleader originally from Agueda, Puerto Rico. He grew up in what is now called the East Village. It used to be part of the Lower East Side. Miranda debuted with Joey Pastrana in 1967. They had a hit “Rumbón Melon.” Miranda got the “Pretty Boy” nickname when he joined the FANIA All‐Stars in 1969 because he was just a 19‐year old kid.
Miranda toured with the All‐Stars in the 1970s. Later Miranda made the transition from the Hard Salsa of the 1970s to the Romantic Salsa that followed.