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Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez

Born January 31, 1935, in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Pedro Juan Rodríguez Ferrer first began playing percussion as a young boy. However, his skills with his voice, and not with his hands, would propel him into the ranks as one of salsa's finest singers. Rodríguez was just a young man when he moved to New York City and bandleader Johnny Pacheco saw him performing in a Bronx bar and soon recruited him for his orchestra. Rodríguez also sang on Conjunto Sensacíon's Swing '65¸ but he returned to Pacheco to record with him, including Tres de Cafe y Dos de Azucar and the first-ever release for the fledgling Fania label, Cañonazo (he was also a founding member of the Latin supergroup Fania All-Stars, and performed on a number of their releases). In 1974, under the management of his wife, Francis, the singer (who by this time was going by Pete "El Conde" Rodríguez, the royal moniker given to him because of his majestic stage presence) decided to start work as a solo artist. Keeping the Cuban conjunto format he had used with Pacheco, Rodríguez's debut solo album, El Conde, came out that same year to much success. In the next few years he released four more albums, including 1976's Este Negro Si Es Sabroso and 1982's Fiesta con "El Conde". In 1983 he and Pacheco reunited for four more albums, among which was the 1987's Grammy-nominated Salsobita. In the '90s, Rodríguez decided to make the switch to using a full orchestra behind him, and released Generaciones in 1993 and Pete y Papo with pianist Papo Lucca in 1996. Four years later, on December 1, 2000, after a career highlighted by performances with some of salsa music's greatest stars, El Conde died of a heart attack in his home in the Bronx. ~ Marisa Brown, Rovi
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Ramon
salsaaa Boriqua
Bamboleate
Que viva la salsa
Yo tamvien soy de ponce igual gue el conde
Salsa is my life
De mi Puerto Rico para el mundo ... Nuestro Pete el Conde
una voz unica
Gracious me omega Pete, I miss you y musical usted Arriba Pete
Mi negro sabroso, gracias por tu aporte a la musica latina. Simplemente Irrepetible!
danrodz
VAYA " PETE ESE NEGRO SI ES SAROSO I LOVE YOU !!! ARRIBA PUERTORRO
great performance in his live as a singer. R.I.P.
Mi Pana Pedro Juan (Pete) que Dios te bendiga y te tenga en un sitio muy especial. Siempre te recuerdo y conservo lo q me decias antes q comenzar a cantar en Los bailes
Que Descances en Paz y Brille la luz perpetua para ti. AT&T. Cuco Roguin Patillas, P.R.
Lea invito a que escuchem musica de puerto rico .bomba y plena folklore de los jibaros
Ea cielto el conde mis respetos un tipo unico el johny pacheco quiso ser como el conde pero numca jamas
Yes, Pete you will be greatly missed. I will always love your music.
rn4m3k
Pete was just Pete, that just what it was. Down the street he’d walk as if he was just Pete. As a performer, the highest level Salsa performer. Respected by everyone, love by the masses, he was just Pete. The most humble of people, ordinary in his ways spectacular as a performer. A great friend. Pete, you will continue to be missed.
fruko y sus tesos
Used to see him in Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan back in the day. Then, right before he died I saw him with some version of the Fania All Stars in some Colombian hang-out salsa club in Queens. And It was a trip to see all these Colombian recent arrivals who had only heard him on record treat Pete like he was royalty. Almost like star struck teeny boppers. Showin' mad love.. That's when you realize how huge the Fania sound was around Latin America back in the day. HUGE..
Que viva la musica!!!
There has to be someone who knows about Pete El Conde. He is one of the best. His rythum and sounds, no one has ever duplicated. He had a natural voice and this was the best dance music you could listen to.
I'm truly surprised there are no comments on Pete "El Conde". He was one of the most creative musicians of the time, i.e., lyrics, improvisatio n , music. I miss that he's not around to make more music, but feel blessed that I can still hear his voice on PANDORA. Thanx.

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