Frankie Ruiz

Genres: Latin
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Decades: 1990s 2000s
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Jose Antonio Terresola Ruiz, 10 March 1958, Paterson, New Jersey, USA, d. 9 August 1998, Newark, New Jersey, USA. Mercurial salsa star Frankie Ruiz is condemned to be remembered as much for his wanton lifestyle and descent into self-destruction as his beguiling tenor voice and emphatic performances. As a teenager Ruiz moved to Puerto Rico and eventually became vocalist with Orquesta La Solución. He moved on to the Tommy Olivencia orchestra before going solo in 1980, releasing a series of records for TH-Rodven Records. Most closely associated with the salsa romántica movement of the late 80s, his string of hits included ‘Voy Pa’ Encima’, ‘Mi Libertad’, ‘Desnúdate Mujer’ and ‘Ironia’. His signature phrase was ‘Vaya, mi China!’ (‘Go, Baby!’). However, these successes were intercut with periods of drug and alcohol absentia, and a three-year jail sentence in Jacksonsville, Texas, for...

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