It’s 2020 and people are still dancing to Elvis Crespo’s 1998 song “Suavemente,” further proving that his merengue hit is timeless even over 20 years after its release.
While the song continues to be all the rage at Club Quarantine, the Puerto Rican singer never stops from reinventing himself.
After establishing himself as a household merengue star, Crespo has dipped his toes in the EDM scene, collaboration with Steve Aoki and Deorro, he released Diomedizado in 2018 as a special tribute to the late vallenato singer Diomedes Diaz, and revamped his merengue hits to Plena versions on his album Suavemente, 20 Aniversario (2019).
Crespo gained success in the mid-’90s when he joined Grupo Mania in Puerto Rico. In 1998, he kicked off his solo career, winning multiple awards in the process, including a Grammy, a Latin Grammy and two 1999 Billboard Latin Music Awards for new artist and album of the year. Currently, he’s making the sounds with his heartfelt single “Imaginarme Sin Ti.”
Below, Billboard celebrates Crespo’s birthday today (July 30) with a look at his video and hairstyle evolution.
In “Suavemente,” Crespo gives us a taste of four different looks: the low ponytail, the loose hair, the sunglasses holding back his hair, and a hat with a ponytail.
The pulled-back low ponytail look was his go-to style for many videos, such as “Tu Sonrisa.”
But in 1999’s “Pintame,” Crespo let his hair run wild and free.
In 2000, he chopped all his locks, as seen in his video for “Wow Flash.”
In “La Cerveza,” we see Crespo rocking gelled-back curls at the beach.
Crespo surprised everyone with a spiky hairdo in 2013’s “Sopa de Caracol.”
And rocked the same look in the party-starter “Pegadito Suavecito.”
The long hair made its comeback in 2015 with “Tatuaje.”
But check out his man bun in Deorro’s “Bailar” 2016 video.
Clearly, Crespo’s signature low-ponytail look is here to stay as seen in the 2018 hit “Azukita.”
But wait, 2019 encouraged Crespo to hide his hairdo under a red top hat as he did for his music video “Abracadabra.”
And because it’s 2020, why not do a hybrid version of his previous looks? Like the spiky-meets-hair bun in “Imaginarme Sin Ti,” for instance.