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Johnny Ventura

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Johnny Ventura revolutionized merengue and put it at the top of the world stage. He made famous songs like 'Patacón Pisao', 'El Plebeyo', 'Pitaste' and 'Merenguero hasta la tambora'. Getty Images

Diario Libre, a newspaper from Santo Domingo, described in one sentence the feelings of the Dominican people: "This Wednesday, the Dominican Republic lives one of its saddest days."