Eddie Palmieri started his musical career in 1955 with Johnny Segui’s orchestra. Rumor has it that his unorthodox piano technique resulted in a broken piano and his dismissal from the group. After that first venture into the professional music world, Palmieri was given an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. When Palmieri’s brother Charlie left Vicentico Valdés’ band, he was asked to take his place.
Palmieri gained visibility in an extremely competitive environment during the golden days of Afro-Cuban jazz and mambo. It was precisely one of the known kings of mambo who catapulted his career and set the stage for Palmieri to form his own band. He played for megastar Tito Rodríguez from 1958 to 1960.
In 1961, Palmieri was leading his own band, La Perfecta and took advantage of the newly found artistic freedom to showcase a style that became one of the defining traits of the salsa movement.