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Frankie Ruiz

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On August 9, 1998, Salsa lost one of its greatest singers, Frankie Ruiz, to liver failure, which according to various resources, resulted from complications of the AIDS virus. One of the first to perform in the Salsa Sensual style, Ruiz had played a major role in the resurgence of salsa's popularity in the '70s. A native of Patterson, NJ, Ruiz began singing at a very young age. He was still a child when he made his recording debut with Charlie Lopez y Su Orquesta. Moving, with his mother, to Puerto Rico in 1965, he became enamored by the music of a popular salsa band, La Solucion. Attending as many of the group's performances as possible, he quickly learned the band's repertoire. Although his mother implored on music director Roberto Rivera to audition him, Ruiz was not taken seriously until the band's lead singer failed to show for a night club engagement. Asked to fill in for the evening, Ruiz impressed the band so much that he was invited to become a full-time member. He remained with the group for three years. Leaving La Solucion in the early '70s, Ruiz accepted an invitation to join Tommy Olivencia's orchestra. During the three years that he spent with the group, he scored a major hit, "La Duda." Ruiz launched his solo career in the mid-'80s. Despite his obvious talents as a vocalist, Ruiz was plagued by drug and alcohol dependency and a thirst for hard living. ~ Craig Harris
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Albums by
Frankie Ruiz

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    15 songs

    On Air

    Oro Salsero, Vol. 1

    10 songs

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    El Papa de la Salsa

    12 songs

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    Éxitos Eternos

    12 songs

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    Nacimiento Y Recuerdos

    8 songs

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    Mas Grande Que Nunca

    8 songs

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    Solista Pero No Solo

    9 songs

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    Tranquilo

    12 songs

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    12 Favoritas

    16 songs

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    Salsa Legends, Vol. 2

    16 songs

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    Salsa Legends

    25 songs

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    Íconos 25 Éxitos

    16 songs

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    Mi Generación: Los Clásicos

    15 songs

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    Oro Salsero, Vol. 2

    20 songs

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    The Greatest Salsa Ever

    20 songs

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    The Greatest Salsa Ever, Vol. 2

    10 songs

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    Serie Cinco Estrellas de Oro

    14 songs

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    Pura Salsa

    31 songs

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    Gold

    20 songs

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    Oro Salsero: 20 Exitos, Vol. 2 [2003]

    20 songs

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    Oro Salsero: 20 Exitos

    8 songs

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    Edicionlimitada

    32 songs

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    Serie 32

    8 songs

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    La Sensaeión de Frankie Ruiz

    25 songs

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    La Leyenda

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Top Songs by
Frankie Ruiz

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    Popularity
  2.   Bailando
  3.   Puerto Rico
  4.   La Rueda
  5.   Deseandote
  6.   La Cura
  7.   Mi Libertad
  8.   Tú Con El
  9.   Esta Cobardia
  10.   Mirandote
  11.   Primero Fui Yo
  12.   Tu Me Vuelves Loco
  13.   Como lo Hacen
  14.   Mujer
  15.   Esta Vez Si Voy Pa Encima
  16.   Lo Dudo
  17.   Viajera
  18.   Que Se Mueran de Envidia
  19.   Tu Eres
  20.   Voy a Estrenar
  21.   Quien es Tu Amigo
  22.   Vuelvo a Nacer
  23.   Para Darte Fuego
  24.   No Supiste Esperar
  25.   Ironia
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Frankie Ruiz

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    Tropical

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    Salsa y Cumbia


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