Piquito Marcano signing a contract with legendary composer and bandleader, Augusto Coen (far right). In addition to contributing to and producing new music, Coen was also on the business side, representing artists as a talent booker. He had founded one of the earliest cooperatives organizing local Spanish-speaking musicians to attain better pay. To the left of Marcano is Luis Cuevas, impresario, music retailer, and founder of the Verne record label in the late 1940s. This photo is possibly Marcano's contractual agreement with the label. The offices of Verne Records, located at 164 East 116th Street in El Barrio, was once known as "Club Puerto Rico," where Cuban, Dominican and Puerto Rican artistry interpreted popular music.