'Puerto Rico Rock and Roll Hall of Fame' Inductees 2013


Inducted to Puerto Rico Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2013. Reno Habif was there to receive the honors.

No other band in the history of Rock in Puerto Rico had the success The Challengers had in the 70's. They had # 1 records played on all radio stations in Puerto Rico. Founded by magnificent musicians in the 60's with various changes throughout the years. Eric, Kenny, El Mono, Jorge Casas, Paul Tirado, and others. But the lineup that made it happen was when they recorded various original songs (Emily, Martha Does) and one cover song (It's For You) that took them to the top. That lineup was Jose Luis (drums), Wiso (bass), Alexy (guitar, voice), Rafy (guitar, vocals), José (Hammond), Reno (vocals). They recently reunited with a new lineup like Alberto Carrion, Reno Habif, Jorge Casas, and the help of recording musicians that play with Carlos Santana and Miami Sound Machine. This album is a must listen, see HERE. Outstanding arrangements of classic songs with a latin twist.

The Challengers is a band that although their musicianship is superb, their vocals is what takes them to the next level. The result is a combination of in your face excellence in music and vocals to leave you wanting for more.


Early 1960's Challengers - Moreno Habif (Reno), Roberto Puras, Pol Tirado, a Fan, Jose Luis Kerkadó (RIP),Kenneth Lugo (RIP), Jorge Casas

The Challengers 1969 - Alex Rodriguez, Reno Habif, Jose Luis
Kerkadó (RIP), Rafi Marquez, Wiso Velez, José (Tato) Guzmán


Once a Challenger always a Challenger! Listen to their songs below.

"It's For You" was originally written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney for Cilla Black, for whom it was a Top  Ten hit in 1964 in the U.K., but it was not heard of in the U.S. until much later. If "It's For You" sounds familiar, it's because Three Dog Night recorded it years later in 1969.

"It's For You" and "Emily" were very big hits and signature tunes for The Challengers, and when you heard the guitar at 0:31 on "Letting You Know", you just KNEW The Challengers were rockin' in the house!!

"It was Just A Phase In Growth and lots of Fun..Fun..Fun."  Pol Tirado







Re-make of Good Lovin' in 2007 with a very cool Latin twist featuring Reno Habif and Jorge Casas of The Challengers, Alberto Carrión, Clay Ostwald & Tommy Anthony


Some more songs from the first album that The Challengers made, back in 1969.
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