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Orquesta La Terrífica was founded In 1972 by Joe Rodriguez , after a disagreement with Enrique 'Quique' Lucca (founder of Sonora Ponceña), Joe directed the organization of another musical group, originally called "Los Terríficos", a name that was soon changed by Orquesta La Terrífica. Together with Joe Rodriguez, they also left Sonora Ponceña, Tito Gomez (singer), Francisco Alvarado (bongosero) and others. Under the production of Larry Harlow and the label Fania, La Terrífica launches its first LP, "Orquesta La Terrífica". The voice was in charge of Tito Gomez, in the choirs was Héctor Lavoe and Adalberto Santiago. With this, La Terrífica became a strong competition for the salsero market.

In 1974, he recorded his second LP entitled "Terrífica" and in 1975 "The days of my life". In 1976 also records the album "Sabor a Pueblo" With these discs it releases three singers who soon would become important exponents of the sauce. One of them, Pichie Perez, who at 16 and being a student of Joe Rodriguez himself sings several important numbers and the other Yolanda Rivera, who stands out in the number "Guaguancó # 3". Also debut in the sauce Mannix Martinez who masterfully interprets the boleros and the sauces.

During the decade of the 70, Joe Rodriguez managed to create a distinctive sound with his orchestra, that reached great popularity. To the degree that it was the orchestra chosen by Fania to accompany Pete 'Conde' Rodriguez and Ismael Miranda. He also came to accompany Meñique and Justo Betancourt among others. However, it was in 1980 when La Terrífica recorded its greatest success: Poor House, Big House. This number was positioned in the first places of the salsa quickly in Puerto Rico as well as in South America, Mexico and the United States and took to Joe Rodriguez to the international scope.

This was followed by successes such as "Hinca la mare", "Everywhere" and "Flavor Ritmo y Coro". Arranged by Isidro Infante, José Febles and accompanied by other trumpeters such as Juancito Torres and Elias Lopez. Joe Rodriguez also recruited other sonos that soon would reach the fame such as Héctor Tricoche, Luisito Carrión and Wito Columbus.

At the end of the 90's Joe Rodriguez becomes Jehovah's Witness and leaves the music to dedicate himself to his work as a teacher and to evangelize from house to house.

In 2014, he returns to lead the Orchestra Abran Paso on National Salsa Day to remember La Terrífica, where the event is unexpectedly dedicated.

No doubt, he was a master of salsa and his legacy still persists

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