Puerto Rican salsa singer Andy Montañez, who was almost killed in a traffic accident on April 30, celebrated his 50-year career over the weekend on his native island with a group of guest artists who joined him in performing his greatest hits.

The 70-year-old Montañez led off Saturday's show with "Hojas Blancas" (White Leaves), one of the numbers that have most identified him since he launched his career in 1962 with the legendary salsa orchestra El Gran Combo of Puerto Rico.

The Puerto Rican singer, known as "the Trastalleres kid" after the San Juan neighborhood of that name, continued the concert with more of his all-time hits including "Julia" and "Verano en Nueva York" (Summer in in New York), which got hundreds of mostly young couples on their feet and dancing at the Jose M. Agrelot Coliseum in the island's capital.

"Good evening Puerto Rico. I feel lucky that so many people gave me their support when I had that accident. Thanks be to God for letting me have more time with you," Montañez told the thousands of fans who attended the concert.

Montañez was in a road accident last April 30 together with other members of his orchestra as they were returning to Barranquilla from a concert they had given in the Colombian town of Valledupar.

Because of the accident, the concert, part of his "50 Years of Andy Montañez in the Salsa" tour, had to be postponed from its original booking of May 26 in San Juan. EFE