Son by Four

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Son by Four is a salsa music group from Puerto Rico, well known for their English U.S. pop hit "Purest of Pain (A Puro Dolor)". The group is now an independent band. They founded their own label SB4 Music Group on 2003.

Son by Four
OriginPuerto Rico
Years active
  • 1997–2001
  • 2003–present
  • Pedro Quiles
  • Javier Montes
  • George Montes
Past members
  • Ángel López
  • Luis Damón

Son by Four was created by Panamanian producer and songwriter Omar Alfanno and integrated by Ángel López, Pedro Quiles, and brothers Javier Montes and George Montes.

Music careerEdit

In 1998, the group released two songs produced by Omar Alfanno, "No Hay Razón" and "Nada". The songs were minor hits on the Billboard Latin Tracks chart, and helped Son by Four sign a recording contract with Sony Music. The same year, they had their first album Prepárense and started touring to promote the album. In early 2000, they released an eponymous album featuring single "A Puro Dolor". This song, written by Omar Alfanno and originally recorded in Spanish, proved to be a success. Its ballad version was featured in the Mexican soap opera La Calle de las Novias, and Venezuelan Soap Opera Mis Tres Hermanas. The single spent a year on the Billboard Latin singles chart and set a record for staying at number one for 20 weeks. It also got a place in the Billboard's tropical music charts for 21 weeks. "A Puro Dolor" ranks at number one in Billboard's Decade-End Latin Songs of 2000s chart.[1]

The English version of the song ("Purest of Pain") placed at number 26 on Billboard's pop music charts. The album sold 315,000 units in the United States, and more than one million copies worldwide.[2] "A Puro Dolor" subsequently helped Son by Four earn gold sales status, as well as receiving four prizes at Billboard Music Awards (December 2000) and seven prizes the Billboard Latin Music Awards (April 2001), including Hot Latin Track Artist of the Year.[2][3] The Spanish version of the song appeared at number 65 in Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart, which was conceived as a rare feat for a Spanish single. The group soon recorded a new English-language version, named "The Purest of Pain", and this version got into the top 30, peaking at number 26. Son by Four continued to release two albums Salsa Hits in 2001 and Renace in 2003, but these were less successful than their second album.

2007–present: Catholic musicEdit

From 2007, the band conformed only by Pedro Quiles and the brothers Javier and George Montes has changed their music style from Latin pop, salsa and ballad to Catholic music.[4]



  1. ^ "Top Latin Songs of 2000s". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-08-01.
  2. ^ a b "Son by Four's 'Pain' Aimed at Crossing Over". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-08-01.
  3. ^ "Son by Four in tune with Billboard Latin". Variety. Retrieved 2008-07-02.
  4. ^ "Son by Four regresa con música cristiana". People en Español. Retrieved 2012-08-01.


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