Quintana was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico. His family moved to the Bronx sector of New York when he was only two weeks old; here he went to school and whilst he was still in high school he formed a band with his neighborhood friends.
Orchestra "La Perfecta"
In 1961, bandleaderEddie Palmieri heard Quintana sing for an audition and invited him to join his newly organized orchestra "La Perfecta". Quintana accepted and became the lead singer of the band between 1961 and 1971. During this time he co-wrote some of Palmieri's major hit songs. With Palmieri, Quintana was awarded the 1966 Trophy for the "Most Popular Latin Singer of the Year", awarded at the famed Palladium Ballroom in New York.
Quintana left Palmieri for a solo career and signed with the Vaya Records (subsidiary of Fania Records) . Between 1974 and 1983, he recorded five albums as a solo artist, scoring his first major hit with "Mi Debilidad" (My Weakness).
Among Quintana's recordings are the following:
"Punto y Aparte"
"Ismael Quintana" (1974)
"Lo Que Estoy Viviendo" (1976) (What I'm Living Through) and
"Amor, Vida y Sentimiento" (1977) (Love, Life and Feelings).
"Jessica" (1979) (with Ricardo Marrero and The......