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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, Rovi
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Celia Cruz
Omg!!!! Esta canción me fascinaaaa!! ! Y casi no sale en esta estación"" le puse extra two thumps up" haber si la escucho más seguido" I love youu gran maestro de la salsa!!!! Eres el # 1 (*_~)
El papa de la salsa sin q le quepa duda a nadie , e bailado y ect..con su musica desde 12 años y sigo...Desca n s a en Paz Frankie.."NA D I E " c o m o tu.
flores-famil y 1
Uno de los ma's branded de la salsa mid respetos para este gran senoron de parte de un Mexican in Chicago the best salsero ever!!!!
OVER 10 YRS BUT STILL BLASTING THANK U FRANKIE QUE VIVA P.R LE PAPA DE LA SALSAAAAAAAA A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
Grande y talentoso! El Papá de la Salsa
Siempre seras el grande de la salsa
Y sin ti pero en ti me vuelvo loco....nuff said
danrodz
FRANKIE RUIZ EL PAPA DE LA SALSA VAYA BORICUA !!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU
Tus canciones perduraran por simpre,,Fran k i e
I feel his lyrics, he's just amazing.
Mi Gente check out his hit El Camionero tremenda letra y ritmo
dmasen13
I loved n still love to listening to him sing
El mejor salsero sensual
Rest in peace,Franki e
El papa d la salsa. Rumbiando en rl cielo
cuanto me gustaria aprender a bailar salsa!!
Me encanta adueñarme de la pista cuando bailo salsa... y nada mejor que con un buen compañero de baile!
aurea_2007
Quiero sabirear cada espacio de ti y perderme, en el universo oculto de tu pieeel'!!

Viva La Salsa...
Te Amo Puerto Rico'
Those trumpets! I still blast this.
angiesanabri a 1
Those were the days. I'm just happy to have been here to have experience Salsa. Love it!!!!
Mid late 80s in Moca PR.barrio Rocha this brings me back..amazin g days!!!
Vaya mi jente nadie como el
rip Frankie , u were and still are the original gangster of salsa
Frankie eventho u left us @ an early time may u RIP...wwwwee e e e p p p p p p a a a a a a a
Los bellos 80s,
gales.debora h
OMG....I miss the wonderful talent that we lost, but am so grateful for what he left us with!!!
I wanna dance
Great songs to salsa to....love you Frankie
One of the best RIP FRANKIE
Amazing artist RIP
Frankie is rockin the heavens with his Salsa! RIP!
Raised in Paterson and saw Him in Paterson perform
Love this song
shawnkearns1
En memoria
Great salsa song!
Uno de los mejores en su tiempo, hoy, manana y siempre y que viva la salsa....♥♡
I live in Iowa now and u don't hear in music thank u for Pandora. I'm a Latino Woman where ever I am.
RIP Frankie love you
BRAVO ****
An amazing artist from my dancing days!!!
El gran combo
Love this song
EL PAPA de la salsa....
Me and my dad loved his music.the music brings back good memories
Uno de los pioneros que ha tenido la isla del encanto,,,,, m i beelloo Puerto Rico
Ay buey mexicano hasta la madre pero salsa si pagaria classes para bailar con sabrosura
I saw him in Orlando fl in a festival . Very nice person RIP!
I certainly been so lucky to have seen him performed in coamo
I wish they would make a movie about his life like they did Hector Labor.....Fr a n k i e ' s voice is something else......he sure is missed.
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