Don Armando Bonilla (born 9 August 1946 - 16 November 2002) was an American Latin musician who was most active in late 70s and early 80s. He formed the Second Avenue Rhumba Band with vocalist Fonda Rae and scored a #1 hit on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart with "Deputy of Love" in 1979. Bonilla was also a percussionist with Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band. Don Armando (Sonny) Bonilla was born and raised in East Harlem, NYC, USA, the eldest sibling of a family composed of five sons of a Puerto Rican father and a Colombian mother. After completing a tour of duty with the United States Air Force, he graduated from New York University with a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, and later he acquired a Master's Degree from the Columbia University. One of his younger brothers, Luis Bonilla, played Congas on Larry Harlow's breakout album "Heavy Smokin". Another brother, Nestor is also a professional percussionsist. He was the father of Elizabeth Bonilla and Adrianna Bonilla and husband of Billie Burdette de Bonilla.
He wrote a treatment for a sitcom called "Cowboy Tito" while living in Hollywood and was producing a musical called "The Love of a Jukebox Hero". He co-wrote "Mambo Queen" with L.A. composer Aaron Loo.
The Don Armando's Second Avenue Rhumba Band's song, "Going to a Showdown," was featured in the 1980 horror film MANIAC.
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