[ Bobby Valentin, Luigi Texidor, Salsa ]
Valentin, born Roberto Valentin in Orocovis, Puerto Rico, was taught by his father to play the guitar at a young age. When his mother died in 1947,he went to live with his older sister and was raised in the town of Coamo; there he received his primary education and studied music. When he 11 years old, he participated in a local talent contest with a trio which he had formed. He played the guitar and sang for the trio and they won the first place prize. One of his teachers suggested that he attend the Jose I. Quinton Academy of Music, which he did - here he learned to play thetrumpet.
In 1956, Valentin moved with his family to New York City where he attended George Washington High School and continued to take music lessons. In 1958, he went to play for Joe Quijano but, shortly after he joined Willie Rosario, who also came from his same neighborhood and played in his band.
Natural del pueblo de Santa Isabel, Luigi nació el 20 de enero de 1935 en la Colonia Florida, una de las comunidades de obreros agregados al viejo Central Aguirre, cerca del municipio de Salinas. Descendiente de una familia de trabajadores de la caña, tuvo cinco hermanos que nunca conoció, ya que murieron de niños debido a las graves enfermedades que azotaron a Puerto Rico en los años 20 y 30.