Frankie Ruiz
Puerto Rican musician
Frankie Ruiz
Frankie Ruiz was a famous Puerto Rican salsa singer.
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What to do this week - fairfieldweekly.com
Google News - over 5 years
They play the works of Oscar D'Leon, Frankie Ruiz, Luis Alberti, Hector Lavoe and other people you probably have never heard of unless your dad happened to be a Cuban bandleader. Two Boots of Bridgeport, 281 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport. 9:30 pm $7
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12u48: 29ste Antilliaanse Feesten in Hoogs... - DeWereldMorgen.be
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Diego verdiende zijn sporen in tal van bekende groepen zoals la Sonora Dinamita, la Inmensidad, the late Frankie Ruiz, El Cantante de los Cantantes, Hector Lavoe, Alex Leon, Marvin Santiago, and Luis Enrique. De groep bracht reeds verschillende albums
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Jerry Rivera y su talento innato - El Tiempo Ecuador
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Sus cantantes favoritos son Eddie Santiago, Lalo Rodríguez y Frankie Ruiz. En 1986, cuando tenía 13 años, acompañó a su padre que estaba actuando en un hotel en Isla Verde, en San Juan. Frankie Ruiz, que estaba hospedado en el hotel, apareció y cantó
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Versailles celebró 40 años de sabor - El Nuevo Herald
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Canciones de Celia Cruz, Gloria Estefan y Frankie Ruiz sonaban en medio de mesas repletas. Las ventanillas de la cafetería daban abasto, como el alboroto e un feriado nacional. “Bajamos los precios a los de 1971”, explica Valls
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Ser sonero es como un padecimiento - Claridad
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Frankie Ruiz, ¡Mi China!, se ganó los galones de sonero desde el oeste para darle la vuelta a la Isla y poner a bailar al barrio más grande de la nación puertorriqueña en la ciudad de Nueva York. Gilberto Santarosa se lanzó al charco a sonear en un
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El hermanísimo (II) - Trome.pe
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¿Cuál era su negocio?, como diría el gran Frankie Ruiz. Porque ignorante no es, y sabe que en el mar peruano ya no hay cuotas para más flotas pesqueras y menos para una como la rusa, famosa por su voracidad y ser considerados verdaderos “tiburones” que
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Christopher Gianotti vuelve a cantar: “Eva Ayllón fue mi inspiración” - El Comercio.pe
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Amo a Héctor Lavoe, Frankie Ruiz y Gilberto Santa Rosa. También, me encanta la cumbia que se hace en nuestro país. Creo que para mostrarse auténtico en el escenario, uno tiene que cantar lo que le gusta. ¿Tus facetas como cantante y como conductor de
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José 'Papo' Rivera, en concierto - El Universo
Google News - over 5 years
Este artista, que en años anteriores compartió escenario con cantantes de la talla de Frankie Ruiz, optó por interpretar música cristiana en salsa, ritmo con el que ha popularizado temas como Amado mío, El puerto de la paz, Enséñame, entre otros
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Two salsa legends Gilberto Santa Rosa & Ruben Blades for 'Una Sola Salsa' - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
As an introduction before the commencement of the 'Una Sola Salsa' concert a slide show of descriptive phrases and influential photos of salsa musicians from Hector Lavoe, Frankie Ruiz to the Fania All Stars were displayed in the background of the
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Fiestón para el bailador - El Nuevo Dia.com
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Además, habrá una batalla de congueros y timbaleros y un homenaje póstumo a Ismael Rivera, Héctor Lavoe, Marvin Santiago y Frankie Ruiz. El productor del evento, Edgardo Díaz Olmeda precisó que la celebración salsera pretende ser la continuación del
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Desfila en Nueva York el orgullo de ser boricua - Primera Hora
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Zuleyka Rivera fue la más gritó y sacudió su cuerpo con la música puertorriqueña que venía de otras carrozas como el tema Puerto Rico en la voz de Frankie Ruiz. En medio de la celebración no podían faltar los reyes del evento, los integrantes de El
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Salsa, el ritmo que mueve a Cali - El Comercio (Ecuador)
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Las imágenes de mayor valor para el coleccionista son las que tienen dedicatorias de Frankie Ruiz, el portorriqueño Nacho Sanabria y Andy Montañés. “Ellos son mis amigos”, explica el hombre delgado que también conserva corbatas de estilos y colores
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Waldo Farela y el grupo Luna Llena - Bogotá Vive.in
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Farela tiene influencias de artistas como Rubén Blades, Tomy Olivencia y Frankie Ruiz, Oscar de león, Grupo Raíces, Willie Colón y El Gran Combo, entre otras. A los catorce años ya tocaba el piano en orquestas de la ciudad. En los años 90 ingresó a la
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Novos grupos de salsa tentam manter vivo o ritmo latino - Terra Brasil
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Nuevas agrupaciones de salsa buscan mantener vigente el género latino - EFE
Google News - almost 6 years
Resaltó que "cierto público o el mínimo" es que el opina que la salsa ha muerto porque los jóvenes de hoy en día conocen la música desde "Frankie Ruiz para acá", así como la de Gilberto Santa Rosa, Víctor Manuelle y Jerry Rivera, quienes han vendido
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Jerry Rivera en Perú - Revista Generacción
Google News - almost 6 years
Precisamente en una de estas ocasiones, en 1986, Jerry pudo conocer a su más grande ídolo, Frankie Ruiz, con quien se fotografió en una presentación en un hotel de San Juan, donde su madre también cantaba. Esta fotografía fue luego utilizada como
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Sports capsule - Napa Valley Register
Google News - almost 6 years
... 2 pm Doors open for a no-host bar supporting the VFW at 4 pm A tri-tip dinner will be served at 5 pm, accompanied with DJ music by Frankie Ruiz and live music provided by Soul Projects from 6:30 to 10 pm There is also a silent auction and raffle
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Ollanta Humala se reúne con la Confiep - Perú21
Google News - almost 6 years
... colegios particulares, 2 nanas, un jaton en surco y con piscina!!!! por favor dime el secreto para yo tambien darme esos lujos porque gano mas que tu y tengo un hijo y el dinero me falta, a ver cantemos la del maestro Frankie Ruiz "Y COMO LO HACE
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Frankie Ruiz
    FORTIES
  • 1998
    Age 39
    In 1998, Ruiz died due to complications from liver disease.
    More Details Hide Details Known to his relatives as El Canito, a reference to his fair skin and light hair, Ruiz was born in Paterson, New Jersey to Puerto Rican parents who had moved from Puerto Rico to the United States. After his birth, his grandmother Concepción took responsibility for him as his mother was 15 years old. He grew up in the country, and Union City, with brothers Viti and Junito, raised by his parents Frank Torresola and Hilda Ruiz. He received his primary and secondary school education in Paterson, where his father served as education commissioner. At the age of 5, Ruiz played percussion instruments at the Roberto Clemente Park in Trenton and at other city venues. One of these performances earned him an award at a show held at the Majestic Theater in Paterson. When he was around 7 years old, he began to exhibit the first signs of his future career, memorizing and singing songs with theatricality. In his youth, Ruiz's father had been a musician and had witnessed several of his colleagues fall prey to drugs, alcohol, and other vices; he used this as a cautionary tale for his son. Although he considered Ruiz's voice too rough to be a singer initially, he was impressed when his son responded that he would work on improving it. His mother encouraged the artistic potential of her children and familiarized them with the music business by exposing them to talent shows and other performances.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1998
    Age 39
    During the following week, Ruiz's condition deteriorated rapidly, and he was unable to care for himself. On July 17, 1998, Salvador and Noly took him for a scheduled visit to his doctor, who ordered him to be admitted to University Hospital immediately.
    More Details Hide Details During this time, Rosemary would tend to him and. despite his condition, Ruiz tried to be amicable with both strangers, family, and acquaintances who visited daily. Ruiz was resigned to his situation and took refuge in his faith asking only that Salvador remain with him. Reporters were not allowed to see him but were updated indirectly. These days were hectic, with the media hounding the family and people coming to visit to pray, provide food, or even to ask for autographs. Family members who lived abroad rushed to the hospital along with his children. During his final days, Ruiz was bedridden and immobilized, yet alert and attentive to his visitors. While hospitalized, Ruiz apologized to his father for his condition and for only being able to see each other under these circumstances. He also asked Torresola to play his music when he died. Frankie Jr.'s mother attended to the media, while Salvador remained by his side. In Puerto Rico, news of his condition was released by PolyGram representative Charlie Negrón. In August, Ruiz decided to propose as his last request, which was accepted. The impromptu wedding was planned to take place in his hospital room on August 7, but his condition forced it to be rescheduled for three days later. However, the morning of August 9 Ruiz's was critical and only his family remained by his side. He died at 11:40 p.m. at the age of 40.
    On July 9, 1998, Ruiz suffered severe complications but within a day, his condition had improved considerably, allowing him to attend his tribute show at Madison Square Gardenwith his wife, Joe Salvador and Noly, as well as Viti, his family, staff and friends.
    More Details Hide Details Ruiz was introduced to the audience following a speech, and walked onstage with Viti to cheers that lasted for minutes. Overcome by emotion, he thanked the audience and wished them blessings, receiving a trophy that symbolized the homage from his brother. Following an emotional reunion with his wife, the couple returned to their apartment still shaken by the unexpected magnitude of the crowd's reaction.
    On June 17, 1998, he was sent home in time to celebrate Father's Day.
    More Details Hide Details While the couple spent their time trying to relax as much as possible while his condition was stable, Navarro and his employer, Mega 97.9, organized a large tribute concert at Madison Square Garden.
    Similar episodes with pain took place during his appearances in New Jersey and his final performance held on April 24, 1998, at the Crystal Nightclub in Miami, but Ruiz made an effort to hide his condition.
    More Details Hide Details While in Florida, he reunited with Frankie, Jr. for a day of leisure. Recording of the new album began on May 3, 1998, in the same studio where Tranquilo was recorded in Santurce, Puerto Rico. Urrutia and Vakentín had already completed preliminary arrangements and begun production. Peter Velasquez was in charge of songwriting. Ruiz began experiencing liver pain shortly after arriving, but pushed through it. He familiarized himself with the arrangements and began recording, beginning with the singles "Vuelvo a Nacer" and "Que Siga la Fiesta". However, he was not satisfied with the initial results, realizing that his voice was worsening quickly, but decided that he had to accept this situation. The process was exhausting and he required frequent rest, with Salvador caring for him and praying constantly for his well-being. Domingo Quiñones collaborated on "Vuelvo a Nacer". Now entering the late stages of his disease, Ruiz's condition directly affected the progress of the recording, which concerned PolyGram forcing Salvador to appease the company. Feeling the pressure, he decided to go ignore his symptoms, which had prevented recording for weeks, and hastened the process. He also compromised and met with the media. Feeding off this newfound resolve, Ruiz began recording and first completed the final version of "Vuelvo a Nacer". He was content with it and it convinced PolyGram that he should continue. The single became the focus of the entire schedule and a video was recorded as the next step and was completed, after a grueling day of filming, in Old San Juan.
    On February 13, 1998, Paterson mayor Martin G. Barnes hosted a ceremony for Ruiz, during which he gave him the key to the city.
    More Details Hide Details This event was attended by a large number of relatives and acquaintances, to whom he dedicated his success. Prior to the recording of his next album, Ruiz completed a hectic schedule during the remainder of February and March, which was further complimented by a number of impromptu presentations. During this period the couple held the meditative sessions that had been adopted during the winter to reflect on his fellowship. He also developed an interest in cinema, particularly religious films. The couple also took time off to celebrate their birthdays during the first week of March. Ruiz also had a number of medical appointments, and was forced to follow a regimen which his fiancée helped coordinate. Production of his next album was set to begin following the last series of scheduled concerts. However, his health was declining noticeably, this time leading to exhaustion, forcing him to limit his activities in order to meet his demanding performance schedule. He was experiencing pain during his shows, including one at the Latin Quarter during which he opted to preach in order to help him to ignore his discomfort.
  • 1997
    Age 38
    Despite initial concerns about losing the ability to sing, Ruiz was able to brush his inactivity off and successfully resumed his career on November 8, 1997, at the Tropicana club in North Bergen, New Jersey.
    More Details Hide Details His brother Viti and stepbrother Nelson encouraged him, and Salvador bought him a new outfit for the occasion, while his brothers in law, Peter and Joe, also joined other acquaintances to witness his performance at the club. Arriving at the Tropicana, Ruiz rendezvoused with his band and booking agent Avellino Pozo, before beginning his performance before a sizable crowd. Despite now possessing a rougher voice, the performance was considered a success and he soon began a tour of clubs that continued in the Bronx. Ruiz resumed his career wearing bracelets, beads and white clothing required by his religion for first year practitioners. This attracted inquiries from media personalities. He also furnished his house with candles and figures of a number of orishas, but soon became tired of Santaria's dietary restrictions and protocols. Prior to leaving on vacation Ruiz was informed that PolyGram Records would soon be ready to record his next album, and he decided to hold a reunion with his producer, Vinny Urrutia, during this voyage. During this meeting, the singer negotiated the inclusion of a song that reflected the changes he had experienced – "Vuelvo a Nacer" written by Myriam Valentín (Urrutia's wife), who was a poet.
    The public also supported his recovery, despite a year having passed since his last formal performance or interview. Feeling a debt to his fans, Ruiz started preparing for a comeback. His managers, who had remained in constant contact with him, continually offered him work, which he formally accepted in November 1997.
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    Ruiz attended the Billboard Latin Music Conference that started on April 28, 1997, at the InterContinental Miami.
    More Details Hide Details There he was honored and promised to straighten his life before a crowd that witnessed him in a vulnerable state caused by his health issues.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The worst of these bouts resulted in a temporary coma, where he was placed on a respirator, his case considered virtually hopeless by the staff at University Hospital. However, Ruiz recovered and was introduced to Santería by a friend who practiced it and suggested that he try it to assist in his healing. He adopted this person's Godmother, who inducted him into the practice, and provided a home throughout a week of induction rituals during which he reported seeing "things were giants". However, this brush with death became a fixation for Ruiz, who was convinced that he would die soon and suspected that his liver would be the cause of his death.
  • 1996
    Age 37
    In 1996, his liver began to fail leading to a hospitalization and a temporary coma, during which his vocal cords were damaged when an intubation process was undertaken.
    More Details Hide Details Initially Ruiz was unable to speak and was worried about his career. Shortly afterwards, his relationship with Judith Ruiz ended, and he moved from Florida and settled in New Jersey. The latter stages of his career were affected by a rocky relationship with his son, and an unstable singing career. On August 9, 1993, Ruiz performed at a music festival in Weehawken, New Jersey, where Rosemary Salvador was working one of the booths. There, after decades, he reunited with Joe Salvador and offered him a job as his agent. There was a reunion at the Salvador family home, where the family was mourning the passing of their patriarch, Peter. Ruiz was reintroduced to a now-adult Rosemary, whom he invited (along with Rosario Salvador) to attend one of his performances, despite her expressed disinterest in salsa. This eventually led to a relationship between them, which was made official by an invitation to see Carlito's Way in a local theater. Their relationship was not well received by her family, in particular by her brother Peter, Jr. and his wife Nancy, whose religious lifestyle conflicted with the singer's hedonistic one. Rosemary attempted to enroll Ruiz in a rehabilitation program, but he refused vehemently. The couple settled on Boulevard East in Guttenberg, New Jersey before moving to New York Avenue in Jersey City.
    His final album Tranquilo was recorded in a studio in Santurce, Puerto Rico and was released in 1996.
    More Details Hide Details Its lead single, "Ironía", became another number one song on the Tropical Songs chart and ended the year as the best-performing Tropical/Salsa song. For this achievement, the song won the award for "Tropical/Salsa Hot Latin Track of the Year" at the 1997 Billboard Latin Music Awards.
    On February 14, 1996, Ruiz performed in a Valentine's Day concert held at Madison Square Garden.
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  • 1994
    Age 35
    In December 1994, Ruiz released Mirandoté with its lead single of the same name which became his first number one song on the Billboard Tropical Songs chart.
    More Details Hide Details Between 1995 and 1996, Rodven released a compilation of themes named Oro Salsero, which was divided into two albums. This period brought more personal hardship with the death of his brother Juan Félix Ruiz in New York. Journalist Alisa Valdes later recalled an episode of his addiction that took place after an appearance at Randolph, Massachusetts noting that he was already displaying signs of physical decline.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In August, Ruiz performed at the Latin Salsa Jam '94 held in his native New Jersey where he was joined by other popular salseros.
  • 1992
    Age 33
    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.
    More Details Hide Details However, in June he was returned to the prison in Tallahassee. Approaching his release, Ruiz wanted to project a different image and satisfy his fans, leading to the release of "Mi Libertad" (My Freedom). The album had 50,000 pre-sale orders. Two songs from the album, the title track and "Bailando", peaked at number ten on the Hot Latin Songs chart. "Bailando" was nominated in the category of Tropical Song of the Year at the 1993 Lo Nuestro Awards. The album was certified platinum after selling over 100,000 copies, a recognition that Ruiz received from TH-Rodven. He sales surpassed those of artists such as: Sergio Vargas, Santa Rosa, Xavier, Juan Luis Guerra, Jerry Rivera, and Rey Ruiz during this time. Ruiz insisted that he was a changed man and the media noted that he was often seen accompanying his family during his free time. In an interview with El Nuevo Día, he also expressed interest in helping others and offering conferences at Hogares CREA, a chain of drug addition treatment centers based in Puerto Rico. His contract with TH-Rodven expired during his sentence, but it was extended due to pre-established obligations, which led to the schedule of two albums before he was released. Urrutia completed the arrangements for a series of singles including "Hablame", "Amor a medias", "Soy culpable", "Obsesión", "Sueño dormido", "Tiene que saber que es ella", "Soledad", and "Nos sorprendio el amanecer", which would serve as the basis for Ruiz's next album, Puerto Rico Soy Tuyo which was released in 1993.
  • 1989
    Age 30
    Shortly after being jailed in 1989, Ruiz' recording label Rodven records released a new album, Más Grande Que Nunca, which contained the hit "Deseandote".
    More Details Hide Details The album achieved platinum sales status. While in jail, Ruiz underwent a detoxification process and developed an interest in a healthy diet and bodybuilding. He also began teaching percussion to some of the inmates. His family survived with the money generated by the sales of his albums. He was allowed to return to Puerto Rico to do some recording.
    In 1989, during a flight after one of his concerts, he was drunk and attacked a flight attendant.
    More Details Hide Details He was arrested and sentenced to three years at the federal prison in Tallahassee, Florida for the incident. While Ruiz was in jail, Judith and Frankie, Jr. would visit, but she shielded her son from his father's reality by calling the prison a "school". She had taken charge of raising their son because his father's hectic schedule. and he did not have any contact with his older sister or his uncle.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1987
    Age 28
    In 1987, his second solo album, Voy Pa' Encima, was a success in Puerto Rico and the United States selling over 300,000 copies.
    More Details Hide Details Led by singles "Desnúdate Mujer" and "Mujeres", the album earned Ruiz the Latin Artist of the Year Billboard Music Award. "Desnúdate Mujer" peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart. Like its predecessor, it would reach the top of the Billboard list three times, this time alternating with Eddie Santiago's Atrevido y Diferente. With this production, his work once again reached Europe, first arriving in the Canary Islands and the expanding throughout Spain. A compilation album titled Historia Musical de Frankie Ruiz also reached the top of the Billboard list. His third album, En vivo... y a todo color, was released a year later and is generally regarded as the first time that the instability in his personal life was reflected in his music. The album managed to sell over 200,000 copies despite Ruiz undergoing a difficult time in his life fully immersed in his vices.
  • 1986
    Age 27
    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.
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  • 1985
    Age 26
    In 1985, Ruiz decided to go solo and recorded his debut album, Solista pero no Solo, with TH-Rodven Records.
    More Details Hide Details The production included the major hits "Tu Con Él" and "La Cura". He traveled throughout Latin America, Europe, and the United States. The album was successful and became the number-one Billboard Tropical Album of 1985, ending the band El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico's dominance in that category. The album reached the top spot on this list twice more, alternating with Hansel y Raúl. The album also included other singles such as: "Esta cobardía", "Como le gustan a usted", "El camionero", "Cosas Nativas", and "Ahora me toca a mí". Solista pero no Solo ended 1986 as the best-selling Tropical/Salsa album of the year in the United States. Ruiz was one of several soloists, along with Eddie Santiago, Lalo Rodríguez, Tony Vega, Santa Rosa and Tito Nieves among others, who prompted a surge in the popularity of salsa romántica. He was particularly renowned for emphasizing the eroticism in his lyrics, a style that earned him a large female following, while still being popular with men. During this period, Tite Curet Alonso collaborated with him and they became friends. At the request of Richie Viera, the composer wrote a song for Viti based on the life of the brothers. The result was "Todo queda entre Familia", which Viti went on to popularize, featuring Ruiz as part of its lyrics.
  • 1982
    Age 23
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He recorded singles such as "Fantasía de un capintero" and "Como lo hacen"; his style helped to attract a new generation of salsa followers. Other songs he recorded with Olivencia's band included: "Lo Dudo", "Primero Fui Yo", Como Una Estrella", and "Que Se Muren de Envidia", which also became hits. Ruiz participated in the recording of three albums with Olivencia: Un triángulo de triunfo, Tommy Olivencia and Celebrando otro aniversario. Ruiz eventually settled in Florida, where he lived for years with Judith Ruiz, the mother of his son Frankie Ruiz, Jr. (born in 1984). As a father Ruiz taught his son to play baseball and often expressed a desire to see him become a baseball player or a singer. He tried to foster a love of music in his son by inviting him onstage while he performed, but he was too bashful to join him. Despite this, Ruiz found a way to share his love of music by singing rap songs with his son, who was a fan of the genre during his youth.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1977
    Age 18
    However, in 1977, Ruiz was present at one of their shows when the lead singer did not show up.
    More Details Hide Details Rivera felt that he had no other choice but to give Ruiz a try. He was hired by Rivera and dropped out of school to pursue this career full-time. Ruiz re-recorded a new version of "Salsa Buena" with La Solución. He performed with the band for three years and recorded his first hit single "La Rueda" ("The Wheel"). However, this success was bittersweet as it was inspired by the passing of his mother. Although just a vocalist initially, he was soon given a central role, and the band was renamed Frankie Ruiz y La Solución to emphasize this. When he was 21 years old, Ruiz lost his mother in a car accident in Mayagüez; only his brother Viti survived. This incident had serious consequences for Ruiz and led to the abuse of drugs and severe alcoholism. His already unstable lifestyle was exacerbated when his girlfriend was murdered. He fathered a daughter, Yaritza, but the two did not remain close during this period.
  • 1974
    Age 15
    In 1974, Ruiz moved with his mother to Mayagüez, Puerto Rico after his parents divorced.
    More Details Hide Details There they went to Barrio Balboa to live with his grandmother, and other family members – Becky Cintrón and his uncles Edwin and Emilio. By his early teens, his future lifestyle began manifesting itself when he started attending nightclubs. In Puerto Rico, Ruiz became a fan of a salsa band called La Solución, directed by Roberto Rivera, and learned all of their songs. He attended various concerts and shows. On one occasion, Ruiz's mother asked Rivera to give her son an opportunity to sing with the band, but to no avail.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1965
    Age 6
    Ruiz moved to Puerto Rico with his mother in 1965.
    More Details Hide Details Ruiz and Joe Salvador joined a local music group named Orquesta Nueva led by Charlie López, (otherwise known as The Charlie López Orquesta), as vocalist and bass player, and started performing salsa at talent shows. The Salvador family supported their first steps as musicians. He recorded his first song "Salsa Buena" and later "Borinquen" with this band.
  • 1958
    Born
    Born on March 10, 1958.
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