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Frankie Ruiz

On August 9, 1998, Salsa lost one of its greatest singers, Frankie Ruiz, to liver failure, which according to various resources, resulted from complications of the AIDS virus. One of the first to perform in the Salsa Sensual style, Ruiz had played a major role in the resurgence of salsa's popularity in the '70s. A native of Patterson, NJ, Ruiz began singing at a very young age. He was still a child when he made his recording debut with Charlie Lopez y Su Orquesta. Moving, with his mother, to Puerto Rico in 1965, he became enamored by the music of a popular salsa band, La Solucion. Attending as many of the group's performances as possible, he quickly learned the band's repertoire. Although his mother implored on music director Roberto Rivera to audition him, Ruiz was not taken seriously until the band's lead singer failed to show for a night club engagement. Asked to fill in for the evening, Ruiz impressed the band so much that he was invited to become a full-time member. He remained with the group for three years. Leaving La Solucion in the early '70s, Ruiz accepted an invitation to join Tommy Olivencia's orchestra. During the three years that he spent with the group, he scored a major hit, "La Duda." Ruiz launched his solo career in the mid-'80s. Despite his obvious talents as a vocalist, Ruiz was plagued by drug and alcohol dependency and a thirst for hard living. ~ Craig Harris
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Exitos Eternos: Frankie Ruiz

1. Que Siga La Fiesta

2. La Rueda

3. Como Lo Hacen

4. Tu Con El

5. La Cura

6. Esta Cobardia

7. Desnudate Mujer

8. Para Darte Fuego

9. Mirandote

10. Puerto Rico

11. Bailando

12. Mi Libertad

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Track List: La Leyenda

Disc 1

1. La Rueda

2. Primero Fui Yo

3. Como Una Estrella

5. Ahora Me Toca A Mi

6. Tu Con El

7. La Cura

8. Cosas Nativas

9. El Camionero

10. Quiero Llenarte

11. Desnudate Mujer

12. Mujeres

Disc 2

1. Voy Pa' Encima

2. Me Acostumbre

3. La Rueda Vuelve A Rodar

5. Tu Eres

6. Deseandote

7. Mi Libertad

8. Bailando

9. Tu Me Vuelves Loco

10. Puerto Rico

11. (I Cant) Get No Satisfaction

13. Mega Mix

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Track List: Nacimiento Y Recuerdos

1. Vuelvo A Nacer

2. Mirandote

3. Bailando

4. Mi Libertad

5. Puerto Rico

6. Voy Pa' Encima

7. Quierro Llenarte

8. Tu Con El

9. La Cura

10. Para Darte Fuego

11. Ironia

12. Esta Cobardia

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Track List: Mi Libertad

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Track List: Mas Grande Que Nunca

1. Para Darte Fuego

2. Tu Eres

3. Me Dejo

4. Entre El Fuego Y La Pared

5. Amantes De Otro Tiempo

6. En Epoca De Celo

7. Deseandote

8. Senora

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Track List: Iconos: Frankie Ruiz - 25 Exitos

1. Ahora Me Toca A Mi

2. Esta Vez Si Voy Pa' Encima

3. Si Esa Mujer Me Dice Que Si

4. Bailando

5. Si No Te Hubieras Ido

6. Tu Me Vuelves Loco

7. Voy Pa' Encima

8. Puerto Rico

9. Mujer

10. Hablame

11. La Rueda Vuelve A Rodar

13. Para Darte Fuego

14. Mirandote

15. Tu Eres

16. Mi Formula De Amor

17. Amantes De Otro Tiempo

18. Tranquilo

19. En Epoca De Celo

20. Cada Uno Por Su Lado

21. Deseandote

24. Vuelvo A Nacer

25. Mi Libertad

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Track List: Serie 32: Frankie Ruiz

Disc 1

4. Voy Pa' Encima

5. La Rueda

6. El Camionero

11. La Cura

13. Si Esa Mujer Me Dice Que Si

14. Entre El Fuego Y La Pared

15. Hablame

16. Primero Fui Yo

Disc 2

2. Como Lo Hacen

6. Quiero Llenarte

12. Mujer

13. Me Acostumbre

14. Cosas Nativas

16. Otra Vez

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EL papa de.LA Salsa.Que DESCANSE En paz. MI.hermano.
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Love this song
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mrtnrosario
The best ot the best : Frankie ruiz
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He was one of the best singers in his time that people love to see, it's a sad lost to the salsa world.
He will be missed, rip Frankie Ruiz we still hear your music here on earth..
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El mundo es tuyo Frankie
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VIVA LA MUSICA DE PUERTO RICO! TAMBIEN PUERTO RICO YI SUS GENTE
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Amazing, wow.the Master of the masters.
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A Terrible loss.
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Los mejores si tu me dises Que me estoy curandome es la verdad
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I'm a American that don't speak Spanish and I can't get enough salsa. Frank Ruiz is my favorite
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Was he a heroin addict?
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No me canso de oír la salsa, Frankie uno de los mejores junto a Hector, Ismael, Celia, Feliciano,Pe t e , G i l b e r t o , E d d i e , la India,
Ricardo,la maelo etc
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Te extrano FRANKIE RUIZ.....
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Love it
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El papa de la salsa y siempre lo sera
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its sad a good singer like him with such talent.we will miss him.
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Living Legend: Frankie Ruiz
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Nada como Frankie Ruiz......!
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Frankie Ruiz's native city in New Jersey is misspelled. It's "Paterson" with one "t," not two.
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goiido24
Frankie es lo mejor de lo mejor una voz auntentica y unica
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Una voz privilegiada
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Frankie del barrio Balboa al lado de mi barrio Manantiales en Mayaguez. Mi padre me cuenta que visitaba nuestro barrio cuando muy joven y se la pasaba cantando enamorando a una chica de ahi. Un privilegio para mi papa el haberlo conocido. Haces falta Frankie!
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He who is without sin cast the first stone!! I say that to say this. Opinions are good if they are used to rebuild, reform or helping individuals change they're lives, with that said trust and believe we have individuals trying they're dambest to destroy the image of many good artists except those they want in the spot light. The was a great influence on many regardless of what destructive behaviors that took him away. I Love his and Hector Lavor music till the day I die. VIVA LA SALSA, regardle
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He never had AIDS virus. He used to play pool with me and my brother and stop recording songs with my stepfather Vinny Urrutia and singing my moms song "Vuelvo A Nacer" from Myriam Valentin. He passed because liver failure caused by sirosis because the alcohol no because AIDS just for future reference. He was on my life as a child so I really know what happen to him.

Myriam Jimenez Valentin
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Este es mi primo 2 palante q vamos.
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This is the type of music that connects two souls while dancing .. I love to dance salsa
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thegerm478
Yes hi was a great singer and had a great voice, but all that talent was eclipsed by the drug and alcohol abuse, and should be remembered as that a good singer and nothing else. He is not a good role model for anyone to fallow.
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Once in a lifetime artist
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una voz previlegiada
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lcrican
I miss him
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Beautiful ☺️☺️
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Frankie Ruiz eres el mejor tu musica ha quedado para la historia.
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One of the Best voices & performers from P.R. Your music will live forever in our hearts; no matter what generation we're from.
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He was oeof te
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Frankie will always love on no matter what happens. His music still is one of salsa's best and always will be.
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Reminds me of my dad! #FreeBobism y en una fiesta Linda celebrar! ♥
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El Mejor life for ever.saludos desde PR jose muñoz.CAPITA N E S AHI....
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Long Live Frankie Ruiz music
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prospect851
To me Frankie Ruiz is the best
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Salsa For Ever El Papa de la Salsa
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I love salsa!!!!!!! ! ! !
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His music is so sexy to dance too close with lots of rhythm
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I'm chillin with his cousin Jose Colon Santiago, good times!
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������***"SA L S A BORICUA!!! THE BEST***�����
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Me gusta con esta cancion tienes tu cura ponte a bailar
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❤️❤️❤️
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micheal.meye r
I'm a white Californian but feel the Puerto Rican soul through Frankie!
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Frankie love his music repping balboa mayaguez his moms block
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