Frankie Ruiz

Puerto Rican Musician
Born Mar 10, 1958

Frankie Ruiz was a famous Puerto Rican salsa singer.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Frankie Ruiz.


1958 Birth Born on March 10, 1958.
1965 7 Years Old Ruiz moved to Puerto Rico with his mother in 1965. … Read More


1974 16 Years Old In 1974, Ruiz moved with his mother to Mayagüez, Puerto Rico after his parents divorced. … Read More
1977 19 Years Old However, in 1977, Ruiz was present at one of their shows when the lead singer did not show up. … Read More


1982 24 Years Old Ruiz also performed with other bands such as La Dictadora and La Moderna Vibración. In 1982, Ruiz joined Tommy Olivencia and his Primerisima Orquesta, replacing Gilberto Santa Rosa as vocalist. … Read More
1985 27 Years Old In 1985, Ruiz decided to go solo and recorded his debut album, Solista pero no Solo, with TH-Rodven Records. … Read More
1986 28 Years Old …  In 1986, Ruiz made his only appearance in a European bullring, performing before a sold-out crowd of 8,000, at the Plaza de Toros de Santa Cruz in Tenerife, Spain.
1987 29 Years Old In 1987, his second solo album, Voy Pa' Encima, was a success in Puerto Rico and the United States selling over 300,000 copies. … Read More


1989 31 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1989, during a flight after one of his concerts, he was drunk and attacked a flight attendant. … Read More
1992 34 Years Old In March 1992, Ruiz's release process was begun and he returned to Puerto Rico in April; the final months of his sentence were spent in a treatment center in Trujillo Alto, while he began working with Vinny Urrutia on his next album. … Read More
1994 36 Years Old 1 More Event
He continued to tour around the world, in particular South America, but soon began to abuse drugs and alcohol once again. On February 14, 1994, Ruiz joined several members of the salsa romántica subgenre in Concierto del Amor, a concert held at the Madison Square Garden to commemorate St. Valentine's Day. … Read More
On February 14, 1996, Ruiz performed in a Valentine's Day concert held at Madison Square Garden.
In January 1997, Ruiz's health continued to decline as a result of his lifestyle, leading to the development of cirrhosis and hepatitis, which resulted in three hospitalizations that lasted for months and extended throughout August. … Read More


On February 13, 1998, Paterson mayor Martin G. Barnes hosted a ceremony for Ruiz, during which he gave him the key to the city. … Read More
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