In 1965, he turned to music and formed his first group, Joe Bataan and the Latin Swingers.
Bataan was influenced by two musical styles: Latin boogaloo and African-American doo-wop. Although Bataan was not the first nor the only artist to combine doo-wop singing with Latin rhythms. His talent caught the attention of Fania Records. After signing with them, Bataan released “Gypsy Woman“ in 1967. He released eight original titles for Fania, including “Riot!“, a gold record.
Joe Bataan, pioneer and king of Latin Soul, made out himself in doo-wop, anticipated disco music and prepared hip-hop.