Frankie Ruiz

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Born: José Antonio Torresola Ruiz in Patterson, New Jersey, USA

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José Antonio Torresola Ruiz (March 10, 1958 – August 9, 1998), better known as Frankie Ruiz, was a Puerto Rican salsa singer. He was a major figure in the salsa romántica subgenre that was popular in the 1980s and early 1990s. During his youth, he developed a passion for percussion, later confessing that this would have been his second choice after singing. While still in his 30s he became known as El Papá de la Salsa (The Father of Salsa).

Fan reaction to his work was diverse. Within the Latino community he was regarded as "one of the best salseros ever", and Puerto Ricans in the diaspora were particularly fond of it because it brought back memories of their homeland. Among non-Latinos, some admitted that his music had been responsible for their interest in salsa as a genre and even the Spanish language.

As salsa moved closer to pop music, and toned down the eroticism in its lyrics during the 1990s, Ruiz was challenged, along with other salsa romántica performers, but he managed to record a number of hits during his late career. He suffered from years of drug and alcohol abuse. His personal shortcomings were exploited by the tabloid media but had little impact on his popularity. In 1998, Ruiz died due to complications from liver disease.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1985 Solista, pero no solo 1
1987 ... Voy pa' encima 1
1988 En vivo y... ¡A todo color...! 1
1989 Más grande que nunca 1
1992 Mi libertad 1
1993 Puerto Rico soy tuyo 1
1994 Mirándote 1
1996 Tranquilo 1
1998 Nacimiento y recuerdos 1
2002 Edición Limitada: Frankie Ruiz 1
Los Ruiz Senores 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1992 ... La historia continua 1
1992 Reencuentro 1
1996 Historia musical de Frankie Ruiz 1
1997 Colección mi historia 1
1999 La leyenda 1
2001 Serie 32 1
2002 Oro Salsero: Frankie Ruiz 1
2003 Frankie Ruiz: Oro Salsero, Vol. 2 1
2003 Éxitos eternos 1
2006 Pura salsa: Frankie Ruiz 1
2006 Gold 1
2010 Oro Salsero: Frankie Ruiz, Vol. 1 1
2013 Íconos: Frankie Ruiz - 25 éxitos 1
Las 32 más grandes de Frankie Ruiz 1


Year Title RatingReleases
15 Pistas Para Cantar Como: Frankie Ruiz 1


Year Title RatingReleases
Salsa Live, Volume 1 1

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