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date: 08 December 2019

Rodríguez, Pete [“El Conde” ]locked

  • Edgardo Díaz Díaz

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[“El Conde” ]

(b Ponce, PR, Jan 31, 1933; d Bronx, NY, Dec 2, 2000). Puerto Rican salsa singer and bandleader. Rodríguez established himself as one of salsa’s prime singers in the most traditional stream of the Cuban son. At the age of ten, he was a bongo player in Ponce with Conjunto El Gondolero, an ensemble founded and directed by his father and teacher, Emiliano Rodríguez. At 13 he moved with his family to New York, where he worked in a printing office and was drafted for the Korean War (1950–53). Upon his return, he resumed playing bongos and became a singer with various Cuban-styled groups. In 1962 Johnny Pacheco hired him as sonero for his charanga orchestra and they produced four albums, beginning with Suavito (Alegre, 1963). With the creation of Fania Records by Pacheco and Jerry Massuci, Rodríguez became the first singer to record on the label with the album ...

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