Dominican Republic

Luis Vargas is one of the Dominican Republic's most popular bachata musicians. When he began in the early 1990s, Antony Santos, considered by some to be one of the most influential bachata musicians of all time, was his güira player.

Vargas, who sings and plays his own lead guitar, was one of the first to play bachata with the electric guitar - an innovation which contributed to greatly expanding bachata's popularity. After very disappointing record sales more than three years in a row, Luis Vargas has since retired from the business.

Eventually, Luis Vargas did make a comeback. Most Dominicans never lost faith in his return and he is just as popular now as he ever was. His record label, however, has changed his image from a humble bachata singer to a more urban Reggaeton style.

Antony Santos and Luis Vargas have also been known for many rivalries over the internet and on stage. He has a sister that lives in Lawrence, Massachusetts.