Panamanian singer and songwriter Rubén Blades reacted this Sunday to the traffic accident suffered by his former musical partner Willie Colón, renowned salsa and trombonist, and wished him a speedy recovery.
On his Twitter social network account, Blades said he had just learned that Willie Colón and his wife Julia “suffered a serious traffic accident five days ago.”
“We send our wishes for a speedy recovery for both of them and that Willie can overcome this difficult moment,” Blades said.
Willie Colón was admitted to a hospital in the state of Virginia after suffering a traffic accident while traveling in a motor home with Julia, according to a statement from his press officer, Neil MacCarty.
Colón is in “serious but stable condition,” according to the press release, which states that the accident took place on April 20 when they were traveling in a motorhome in the Outer Banks region of North Carolina.
Rubén Blades, singer-songwriter and former Minister of Tourism, has on previous occasions ruled out the possibility of a reconciliation with his former musical partner that could mean sharing the stage together again.
Rubén Blades and Willie Colón had a strained friendship
The estrangement between both artists occurred as a result of a legal suit for alleged breach of a contract initiated by the trombonist through a lawsuit.
In December 2019, prior to a concert in which he shared the stage with Marc Anthony in Panama, Colón said that as things stand, not “so hot”, there may be the possibility of a reconciliation with the author of “Pedro Navaja.”
“I never say never, you know,” Colón replied in a conversation with musicians and journalists.
Rubén Blades performed with Colón in May 2003 in a concert organized to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the album “Siembra” at the Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Colón, who in September 2007 stated that he did not consider Blades a friend, filed the lawsuit in May of the same year to demand payment of US$115,000 for his performance at the show.
After his separation from Héctor Lavoe (1946-1993), Colón teamed up with Blades, with whom he recorded in 1978 the album “Siembra”, considered at the time to be the best-selling album for the Fania label, as well as the albums “Canciones del solar de los aburridos” (1981) and “The last fight” (1982).
After the stage with Rubén Blades, with whom he formed one of the most successful musical couples in the salsa genre, the legendary trombonist began his own as a singer and recorded hits such as “Amor verdadero”, “Oh, qué será”, a cover version of Chico Buarque’s song, “Talento de televisión” and “El gran varón”, among others.