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Táta Vega

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Táta Vega (born Carmen Rosa Vega, October 7, 1951, Queens, New York) is an American vocalist whose career spans theater, film, and a variety of musical genres.

Born Carmen Rosa Vega in Jamaica, Borough of Queens, Long Island, New York, on October 7, 1951. From parents, Luis Alfredo De La Vega who served in the United States Air Force and Rosaura Maltés a stay at home wife and mother. As a result of her fathers work, the family moved frequently. Before she was even a teenager, the family lived in Panama, Puerto Rico, San Antonio, Texas, and Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Her father nicknamed her Táta, for that was the first word she uttered as a child. Vega is of Puerto Rican, Taino/Arawak, Dominican, Italian, European, and African decent. Vega has two daughters, the eldest Angelica (born November,1968) and Chloe (born February, 1990).

Vega began her professional singing career in 1963. In California (1969–70) she was cast in the Los Angeles production of the Broadway musical “Hair”. From there went on to join the group Pollution, led by Dobie Gray (who also appeared in the L.A. Cast of Hair), and then became a member of the group Earthquire, which released an album in 1973 on Motown’s Natural Resources label With Motown Records, Vega released four solo albums on the Tamla record label: Full Speed Ahead”, (1976), Totally Táta (1977),Try My Love”, (1978) and Givin’ All My Love (1981). These albums featured a diverse range of genres, including classic Motown soul, country or southern soul, disco, jazz, funk,country, Latin American, doo-wop, and gospel.

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