Crosby Stills and Nash, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, the Doors, the Eagles, all became his friends and subjects.
The Latin Grammy Awards will be held in Las Vegas on Thursday night.
Dominican superstar Juan Luis Guerra is up for six awards, leading all nominees.
In fact, in the competition for Song of the Year, Guerra is competing against himself for his song “En El Cielo No Hay Hospital” and for “Azul Sabina,” the song he co-wrote and produced for the Colombian rocker Juanes.
José Massó, who hosts the WBUR program “Con Salsa,” gives us a preview of some of his favorite selections from the nominees, including 2008 MacArthur Foundation grant winner Miguel Zenón.
1. Juan Luis Guerra: “En El Cielo No Hay Hospital”
2. Juanes, Juan Luis Guerra & Joaquín Sabina, “Azul Sabina” performed by Juanes & Joaquín Sabina
3. Luis Enrique with Prince Royce, “Sabes” (Soy y Seré)
4. Poncho Sanchez and Terence Blanchard, “Chano Pozo Medley: Tin Tin Deo/Manteca/Guachi Guaro” (Chano y Dizzy!)
5. Jerry González y El Comando De La Clave, “Obsesión” (Y El Comando de la Clave)
6. Miguel Zenón, “Juguete” (Alma Adentro, The Puerto Rican Songbook)
7. Ron Miller and Orlando Murden, “For Once In My Life” Mark Anthony (Viva Duets)
8. Jule Styne, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, “Just in Time” performed by Tony Bennett and Juan Luis Guerra (Viva Duets)
In this video, Juan Luis Guerra and Tony Bennett sing “Just in Time” on David Letterman: