Frankie Ruiz

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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).

His dead

On August 9, 1998, Frankie eventually died from liver failure at the age of 40, a month after his final concert at Madison Square Garden .[2] Before his burial, his remains were taken to Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, for a memorial service. He was later interred at Fair Lawn Memorial Cemetery in his native of Paterson, New Jersery
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Albums

Frankie Ruiz - La Solucion album art Orquesta La Solucion (2) Vocals: Jose "Frankie" Ruiz* & Jaime "Megui" Rivera Orquesta La Solucion (2) Vocals: Jose "Frankie" Ruiz* & Jaime "Megui" Rivera - La Solucion (Album) LAD (2), LAD (2) US 1980 Sell This Version
Frankie Ruiz - Celebrando Otro Aniversario album art Tommy Olivencia Y Su Orquesta Cantantes: Frankie Ruiz & Hector Tricoche Tommy Olivencia Y Su Orquesta Cantantes: Frankie Ruiz & Hector Tricoche - Celebrando Otro Aniversario (Album) Top Hits Costa Rica 1984 Sell This Version
Frankie Ruiz - ... Voy Pa' Encima! album art Frankie Ruiz ... Voy Pa' Encima! (Album) TH-Rodven, TH-Rodven, Top Hits US 1987 Sell This Version
Frankie Ruiz - En Vivo Y... A Todo Color album art Frankie Ruiz En Vivo Y... A Todo Color (Album) TH-Rodven, TH-Rodven US 1988 Sell This Version
Frankie Ruiz - ...Mas Grande Que Nunca! album art Frankie Ruiz ...Mas Grande Que Nunca! (Album) TH-Rodven, TH-Rodven Peru 1989 Sell This Version
TH-2829 Frankie Ruiz - "...La Historia Continua"  album art Frankie Ruiz "...La Historia Continua" (LP) TH-Rodven TH-2829 US 1990 Sell This Version
Frankie Ruiz - Mi Libertad album art Frankie Ruiz Mi Libertad (Album) TH-Rodven US 1992 Sell This Version
Frankie Ruiz - Puerto Rico Soy Tuyo album art Frankie Ruiz Puerto Rico Soy Tuyo (Album) Rodven Discos US 1993 Sell This Version
Frankie Ruiz - Mirandote album art Frankie Ruiz Mirandote (Album) TH-Rodven US 1994 Sell This Version
Frankie Ruiz - Tranquilo album art Frankie Ruiz Tranquilo (Album) Rodven US 1996 Sell This Version
Frankie Ruiz - Nacimiento Y Recuerdos album art Frankie Ruiz Nacimiento Y Recuerdos (Album) Rodven Discos Mexico 1998 Sell This Version
CDC-339 Frankie Ruiz - Frankie Ruiz Y La Solucion album art Frankie Ruiz Y La Solucion* Frankie Ruiz Y La Solucion* - Frankie Ruiz Y La Solucion(CD, Album) Canal Records (4) CDC-339 Puerto Rico Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Frankie Ruiz - Ahora Me Toca A Mi / Esta Cobardia album art Frankie Ruiz Ahora Me Toca A Mi / Esta Cobardia (EP) TH Records & Tapes, Inc. Peru 1985 Sell This Version
Frankie Ruiz - La Cura album art Frankie Ruiz La Cura (Single) Top Hits Peru 1986 Sell This Version
Frankie Ruiz - Tu Con El / El Camionero album art Frankie Ruiz Tu Con El / El Camionero (Single) IEMPSA Peru 1986 Sell This Version
I-10140 Frankie Ruiz - Desnudate Mujer album art Frankie Ruiz Desnudate Mujer(7", Single) Discos De Centroamérica, S.A. I-10140 Panama 1986 Sell This Version
784140 Frankie Ruiz - Quiero Llenarte / Desnúdate Mujer album art Frankie Ruiz Quiero Llenarte / Desnúdate Mujer(7", Single) Top Hits 784140 Colombia 1987 Sell This Version
TH 1255 Frankie Ruiz - Desnudate Mujer album art Frankie Ruiz Desnudate Mujer(7") Top Hits TH 1255 US 1987 Sell This Version
21.31.2750 Frankie Ruiz - Quiero Llenarte album art Frankie Ruiz Quiero Llenarte(7", Single) Top Hits 21.31.2750 Peru 1987 Sell This Version
21.31.2795 Frankie Ruiz - Si No Te Hubieras Ido album art Frankie Ruiz Si No Te Hubieras Ido(7", Single) Top Hits 21.31.2795 Peru 1987 Sell This Version
50.31.2820 Frankie Ruiz - Desnúdate Mujer album art Frankie Ruiz Desnúdate Mujer(7", Single) Iempsa 50.31.2820 Peru 1988 Sell This Version
1346 Frankie Ruiz Me Acostumbre(7", Single) TH-Rodven 1346 US 1988 Sell This Version
51.31.2873 Frankie Ruiz - Solo Por Ti album art Frankie Ruiz Solo Por Ti(7", Single) Top Hits 51.31.2873 Peru 1988 Sell This Version
I-10579 Frankie Ruiz - Amantes De Otro Tiempo album art Frankie Ruiz Amantes De Otro Tiempo(7", Single) Sono Mundi, S.A. I-10579 Panama 1989 Sell This Version
50.31.2967 Frankie Ruiz - Para Darte Fuego album art Frankie Ruiz Para Darte Fuego(7", Single) Top Hits 50.31.2967 Peru 1989 Sell This Version

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