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Lalo Rodriguez

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His love of music began when he sang in the traditional patron saint festivals in Puerto Rico, and on television and radio when he was nine years old. The first recording of his professional career came seven years later.

According to the artist, the story behind this transition was unforgettable: “Between the age of 12 to about 15 and a half, more or less, I sang with a salsa band called Tempo Moderno. In 1973 we shared the stage with the orchestra of Eddie Palmieri. I summoned the courage to speak with the maestro and asked him to listen to me sing “Sabroso guaguancó”, a song that he had recorded in the 60’s. He listened and left. Six months passed and Palmieri returned to Puerto Rico to look for me. We made an agreement. I had a new audition and thus was born Lalo Rodriguez, although at that time I was known as Lolo. My name is Ubaldo. It was Palmieri, when he brought me into his orchestra, baptized me as Lalo”.

His first LP (long play) recording was in 1973 at age 16, with the Eddie Palmieri orchestra. That album was entitled The Sun of The Latin Music and won him his first Grammy. A year later, he recorded the song Un Puesto Vacante which appeared on his second album with Palmieri, Unfinished Masterpiece and is a good example of his style of salsa.

In 1980 Rodriguez decided to launch himself into the pop music world as a soloist. Simplemente Lalo, was his first LP album. Later, in 1982, he produced his album, Nuevamente Lalo and his string of hits continued with “Niño, el hombre que es soñador es loco”, in 1985, with a philosiphical theme that later inspired the production of his album, Punto y coma.

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