Johnny Ventura was a Dominican singer, lawyer, politician, and bandleader of merengue and salsa. Johnny Ventura was a legislator of the Lower House between the years 1982 and 1986.
Table of Biography
Johnny Ventura was born on 8 March 1940. He is from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Therefore, he holds Dominican nationality. His born name is Juan de Dios Ventura Soriano whereas his nickname is El Caballo Mayor.
At the age of 81, Johnny died from a heart attack on July 28, 2021. Previously, on 28 March 2020, he announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19 during the COVID-19 pandemic and was hospitalized. And, he announced he had recovered and had tested negative for the coronavirus on 13 April 2020.
Johnny started his career as a singer when he presented himself with some friends in a program of devotees which was broadcast by La Voz de la Alegría weekly. In the year 1959, he decided to take the name ‘Johnny Ventura’. Moreover, he began his career as a singer in several bands that presented themselves at the dances in La Feria.
This personality worked with the orchestra of Rondón Votau and in the year 1961 with the band of the Dominican percussionist Donald Wild. Similarly, in the year 1962, he sang with Combo Caribe of Luis Pérez. With him, he recorded Cuidado Con el Cuabero, of which he was the author, and La Agarradera, of Luis Pérez. Moreover, it was with this band that he recorded his first LP consisting of 12 songs.
Similarly, in the year 1963, he was recruited by the musical director Papa Molina to join La Super Orquesta San José. This personality joined as a singer and as a player of the güira. And, for 2 years, he was part of La Super Orquesta.
The Cuban impresario Angel Guinea insisted that Johnny create his own orchestra, the “Combo Show” in 1964, which is known as an important part of the history of popular Dominican music. Likewise, in the year 1965, with his orchestra, he recorded for the Fonogram label the albums La Coquetona, La Resbalosa, and El Turun Tun Tun.
Similarly, in 1967, this personality traveled to the USA, where he immediately became a star. Johnny is credited with the song “La Muerte de Martin”, with the voice of Luisito Martí, the Combo Show made their first golden record with Ah..! Yo No Se… No (1971).
This personality was inducted into the International Latin Music Hall of Fame in 1999. Similarly, he won the Lifetime Achievement Award from the same organization in the year 2003. And, in 2006, he was presented with the Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award by the Latin Recording Academy in recognition of his career.
Jhonny was elected Deputy to the National Congress from the year 1982 to 1986. Likewise, he was Vice Mayor of Santo Domingo, the Capital of the Dominican Republic, from the year 1994 to 1998. And, from the years 1998 to 2002, he was Mayor of Santo Domingo, the Capital of the Dominican Republic.
Johnny’s wife is Nelly Josefina Flores. The two married on 27th October 1970. They together have 3 kids and also had 4 kids from different connections. His kid’s names are Jandy Ventura, Daysi Ventura, Euridice Ventura, Juan José Ventura Flores, Virginia del Carmen Ventura, Ana Yahaira Ventura Flores, and Hilda Ventura.
Johnny remained at optimal tallness with adjusted body weight. Moreover, he had an uncovered head and bruised eyes tone. This personality’s body fabrication type was normal. However, he has a set of black eyes, and also his hair was of black color.
Social Media and Net Worth
His ‘johnnyventuramusic’ YouTube channel has earned over 97.8K subscribers. And, his Instagram account ‘@johnnyventuraoficial’ has gained over 344K followers.
His net worth was $6 million at the time of his death. Moreover, his significant kind of revenue was from his vocalist and political profession.