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Pete Rodríguez

Born January 31, 1935, in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Pedro Juan Rodríguez Ferrer first began playing percussion as a young boy. However, his skills with his voice, and not with his hands, would propel him into the ranks as one of salsa's finest singers. Rodríguez was just a young man when he moved to New York City and bandleader Johnny Pacheco saw him performing in a Bronx bar and soon recruited him for his orchestra. Rodríguez also sang on Conjunto Sensacíon's Swing '65¸ but he returned to Pacheco to record with him, including Tres de Cafe y Dos de Azucar and the first-ever release for the fledgling Fania label, Cañonazo (he was also a founding member of the Latin supergroup Fania All-Stars, and performed on a number of their releases). In 1974, under the management of his wife, Francis, the singer (who by this time was going by Pete "El Conde" Rodríguez, the royal moniker given to him because of his majestic stage presence) decided to start work as a solo artist. Keeping the Cuban conjunto format he had used with Pacheco, Rodríguez's debut solo album, El Conde, came out that same year to much success. In the next few years he released four more albums, including 1976's Este Negro Si Es Sabroso and 1982's Fiesta con "El Conde". In 1983 he and Pacheco reunited for four more albums, among which was the 1987's Grammy-nominated Salsobita. In the '90s, Rodríguez decided to make the switch to using a full orchestra behind him, and released Generaciones in 1993 and Pete y Papo with pianist Papo Lucca in 1996. Four years later, on December 1, 2000, after a career highlighted by performances with some of salsa music's greatest stars, El Conde died of a heart attack in his home in the Bronx. ~ Marisa Brown, Rovi
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My Son Julian Manuel Bosch learned the True meaning of LOVE,Observi n g My Friendship with Pete,Christm a s 1997@The Bronx Zoo Christmas LitesNYC
Boga Lou I can
As great as it GETS!!! "El Conde" was in a league of his own......... .
RIP, Sr. Rodriguez, you will ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED!! ! :-)
coooomooo. dimelo cantando. salsero.
Cuco Roguin:

Conocî , personalment e al prieto - rubio de la salsa, me tocô 4 bailes en el salon de baile de mi propiedad conocido como Roguin s Place Restaurant en el Bo. Guardarraya de Patillas. Pete "el conde" sin duda alguna era un hombre de muchos principios..
En un baile de Los que tocô , cayô un diluvio y la gente se recogiô temprano y el baile a penas sacô para Los gaston . Pete no queria cobrarme el monto total acordado por el baile , ante la presencia de tanta humidad . Lo le aceptam
Mostly some of the best salsa singers came from ponce cheo feliciano, hector lavoe, pete el conde rodriguez to name some.
Great singer his music will live forever rest in peace brother.
TREMENDO SONERO AND ONE OF THE BEST.
bhaabebso
a truth legend
alij610
what stage presence he had, i just had to get up and dance. he was just one of the greatest.
Excellent rendition by Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez... . . l e t ' s not forget our Cuban brother "El Beny" who was the first to perform and also wrote this tune.
simply one of the best.
This song is bring me back home... back to my roots... Puerto Rico/New York!!!
eustaquiocol o n
Pete "EL Conde" Rodriguez. Growing-up in PR en uno de los barrios, listening to his music surely bring back a lot of good memories. De seguro no se le ha dado el credito que se merese. Yo le doy ese credito personalment e pues si creo que se lo merese..
El "Conde" was indeed a great singer and artist.When he got together with Johnny Pacheco that's when he really hit it off.they made great music together. i know he's in heaven!God bless him!

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