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Sergio Vargas

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Sergio Vargas (born March 15, 1963) is a famous merengue singer and, as of 2006, politician, from the Dominican Republic. Along with Freddie Kenton, Milly Quezada, Toňo Rosario, Wilfrido Vargas and Fernando Villalona, Vargas obtained fame in Latin America and Europe during the 1980s and early 1990s.


Vargas began his career as a merengue singer in 1980 when he participated in the Festival de la Voz, a Dominican Republic contest that was sponsored by Santo Domingo television’s channel 9. He came in second place at that festival.

Two years later, Vargas joined Los Hijos del Rey. An orchestra whose frontmen were Fernando Villalona and Raulin Rosendo. He remained there until 1984 when he joined Dionis Fernandez y El Equipo lasting another 2 years. With Dionis, Vargas began becoming famous, as that orchestra had fan bases in Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Panama and the Eastern coast of the United States, among other places.

Vargas left Dionis in 1986 and became the main lead vocalist for Los Hijos del Rey and released his first full length LP with Karen Records including the hit “La Quiero A Morir”, which is indeed a reprise of “Je l’aime à mourir” by french singer Francis Cabrel. He also released another album backed again by LHdR in 1987 scoring another international seccess.

Vargas was also awarded in 1988; the Art Critics Association of the Dominican Republic honored him with their Casandra award for his self-titled concert, “Sergio”, giving him the Spectacle of the Year award. He also obtained the Casandra award for best video-clip, for a song named “Vampiras”.

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