Frankie Ruiz

Frankie Ruiz (, 1958 - , 1998) was a famous Puerto Rican salsa singer.

Early years

Born Jose Antonio Torresola Ruiz, he was born and raised in Paterson, New Jersey. His parents moved from Puerto Rico to the United States in search of a better way of life. In Paterson, Ruiz received his primary and secondary education. As a child he enjoyed singing to the tunes of salsa and as a young man joined a local band called The Charlie Lopez Orchestra. With this band he recorded his first song Salsa Buena. In 1976, Ruiz moved to Mayag??ez, Puerto Rico with his mother after his parents divorced.

Musical career

In Puerto Rico, Ruiz became a fan of a salsa band called La Solucion, directed by Roberto Rivera and learned all of their songs. He attended every concert and show. On one occasion, Ruiz's mother asked Rivera to give her son an opportunity to sing in the band, but to no avail. However, as fate would have it, in 1977, Ruiz was present at one of their shows where the lead singer did not show up. Rivera felt that he had no other choice but to give Ruiz a try. He was a success and was hired by Rivera. With La Solucion, Ruiz re-recorded a new version of Salsa Buena. He performed with the band for three years and recorded his first hit single La Rueda.

In 1980, Ruiz joined Tommy Olivencia and his Primerisima Orchestra. His youth and style known as Sensual Salsa helped to bring in a new generation of salsa followers. His first major hit was with the band Lo Dudo which was previously covered by Jos?© Jos?©. In 1983, Ruiz decided to go solo and had hits with Puerto Rico, T?? Con El, Mirandote, Desnudate Mujer, Deseandote, La Cura, Bailando, Mi Libertad and many more. He traveled extensively throughout Latin America, Europe and the United States performing and always used the phrases "Vaya, Mi China" (Go, My Baby) and "??Que que?" (What, What?) as his trademarks. He was then called "El Papa de la Salsa" (The Father of Salsa).

Later years and death

Ruiz began to use illegal drugs and became an alcoholic. During a flight after one of his concerts he attacked a flight attendant. He was arrested and sentenced to three years at the federal prison in Jacksonville, Texas for the incident. Ruiz's last song was "Vuelvo a Nacer", where he describes his errors in life by taking the wrong way and that he declares himself born again. His voice was heard raspy compared to his earlier career due to the effects of his drug use. Frankie Ruiz became ill and was hospitalized on , 1998, after performing at Madison Square Garden in New York City. On August 9, 1998, Frankie eventually died of complications from AIDS at the age of 40, a month after his final concert at Madison Square Garden . Before his burial, his remains were taken to Mayag??ez, Puerto Rico, for a memorial service. He was later interred at Fair Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Bergen County, New Jersey.

La Concha Ac??stica Frankie Ruiz del Palacio de Recreaci??n en Mayaguez, Puerto Rico (Image taken on July, 2007 by F.R.)

The city government of Mayag??ez later renamed an auditorium next to the "Palacio Municipal de Recreaci??n y Deportes" in Ruiz's honor. He is survived by his son, Frankie Ruiz Jr, his two brothers, Viti and Nelson Ruiz, and his wife.

Puerto Rican singer Jerry Rivera, who met Ruiz when he was 13 years old and whom he considered his idol, recorded an album titled Canto a mi Idolo...Frankie Ruiz in 2003 with Ruiz's songs as a tribute to Frankie Ruiz. The album cover contains a photo of Rivera and Ruiz that Rivera's father took of them. In 2004, another album tribute to Frankie Ruiz was released featuring various artists. The album was titled Va Por Ti, Frankie.


With Orquesta La Solucion

La Rueda
Separemos Nuestras Vidas
La Vecina

With Tommy Olivencia y su Orquesta

Primero Fui Yo
Lo Dudo
Como Lo Hacen
Cosa Nativas
No Que No
Como una Estrella

Solo Career:

* Solista Pero No Solo (1985)
* Voy Pa' Encima (1987)
* En Vivo y... a Todo Color..! (1988)
1. Ahora Me Toca a Mi
2. Esta Cobardia
3. Como le Gustan a Usted
4. T?? Con El
5. La Cura
6. El Camionero
7. Si Esa Mujer Me Dice Que Si
8. Amor de un Momento
1. Quiero Llenarte
2. Si No Te Hubieras Ido
3. Desnudate Mujer
4. Mujeres
5. No Me Hables Mal De Ella
6. Imposible Amor
7. Quiero Verte
8. Voy Pa' Encima
1. Me Acostumbre
2. Mujer
3. Solo Por Ti
4. Dile a El
5. La Rueda Vuelve a Rodar
6. Si Te Entregas a Mi
7. Por Eso
8. Y No Puedo
* Mas Grande Que Nunca (1989)
* Mi Libertad (1992)
* Puerto Rico Soy Tuyo (1993)
1. Para Darte Fuego
2. T?? Eres
3. Me Dejo
4. Entre el Fuego y la Pared
5. Amantes de Otro Tiempo
6. En Epoca de Celo
7. Deseandote
8. Se?±ora
1. Mi Libertad
2. Esta Vez Si Voy Pa' Encima
3. No Supiste Esperar
4. Otra Vez
5. Voy a Estrenar
6. Bailando
7. Ella Tiene Que Saber
8. Qui?©n Es Tu Amigo?
1. T?? Me Vuelves Loco
2. Puerto Rico
3. Nunca Te Quedas
4. Tal Como Lo So?±?©
5. Me Faltas
6. Perd??n Se?±ora
7. Hablame
8. Nos Sorprendi?? El Amanecer
* Mirandote (1994)
* Tranquilo (1996)
* Nacimientos y Recuerdos (1998)
1. Mas Alla de la Piel
2. No Dudes de Mi
3. Tenerte
4. La Que Me Quita y No Me Da
5. Mirandote
6. Obsesi??n
7. Por Haberte Amado Tanto
8. Mi Formula de Amor
1. Tranquilo
2. Compl?­came
3. Ironia
4. Sigue Siendo Mia
5. Cada Uno Por Su Lado
6. Mas Alla del Tiempo
7. Seguir Intentandolo
8. Dejame Quererte
9. Infidelidad
1. Vuelvo a Nacer
2. Mirandote
3. Bailando
4. Mi Libertad
5. Puerto Rico
6. Voy Pa' Encima
7. Quiero Llenarte
8. T?? Con El
9. La Cura
10. Para Darte Fuego
11. Ironia
12. Esta Cobardia

See also

Puerto Rico portal
List of famous Puerto Ricans

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