Gerardo Mejía

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Gerardo Mejía
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Gerardo performing at Eleva, a conference founded by Jeff Tolle.
Background information
Birth name Gerardo Mejía
Also known as Gerardo
Born (1965-04-16) April 16, 1965 (age 49)
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Origin Glendale, California
Genres Pop, rap
Occupations Singer, Rapper, Music executive
Years active 1990–present
Labels Interscope Records (1990-present)
Randy's Records (1991-1992)

Gerardo Mejía (born April 16, 1965[1]), better known as simply Gerardo, is a Latin rapper and singer who later became a recording industry executive, and more recently a youth pastor. Born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, he and his family moved to Glendale, California, when he was 12 years old.[2]

Based in Los Angeles, California, Gerardo became known for his bandana, skintight jeans, locking, and shirtless torso. He sometimes refers to himself as the "Latin Elvis", the "Latin Frank Sinatra" or the Latin "Tony Zuzio" or "Joe Rider".[3]

Career[edit]

Gerardo's first major appearance in show business was as Ricky in the 1987 feature film Can't Buy Me Love.[2] He was later cast as the character Bird in the 1988 film Colors, about South Central Los Angeles gang violence. This was also the first time his dance skills were showcased, in one of the party scenes; however, he did not sing at any point in the film.

His hit single "Rico Suave" appeared on his 1991 debut album, Mo' Ritmo. The album peaked at #36 on the Billboard 200 chart in June 1991; the single had peaked at #7 in April. This song, as well as some others of Gerardo's, include verses with lines in both English and Spanish. Although his following single "We Want the Funk" (a semi-remake of Parliament's "Tear the Roof Off the Sucker") peaked at #16,[4] the popularity of "Rico Suave" has made Gerardo known as a one-hit wonder via sources including MTV, VH1,[5] Synthesis[6] and even Gerardo himself.[5]

Recent times[edit]

Now an A&R executive at Interscope Records, Gerardo was responsible for bringing Enrique Iglesias to the attention of Interscope Label Executives in early 1999. He also signed rapper Bubba Sparxxx.[3] More recently, in a 2013 appearance on Katie Couric's show "Katie", Gerardo discussed his newest life focus as a Christian youth pastor.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album details Chart Positions
US US
R&B
1991 Mo' Ritmo 36 64
1992 Dos
  • Released: September 15, 1992
  • Label: Interscope Records
1994 Así Es[7]
1995 Derrumbe[7]
  • Released: June 6, 1995
  • Label: EMI Records
2001 Gerardo: Fame, Sex y Dinero
2004 180°
  • Released: September 28, 2004
  • Label: Univision Records
"—" denotes the album failed to chart or not released

Singles[edit]

  • "Rico Suave" (1991; #7 US Hot 100)[4]
  • "We Want the Funk" (1991; #16 US Hot 100)[4]
  • "When the Lights Go Out" (1991; #98 US Hot 100)[4]
  • "Latin Till I Die (Oye Como Va) (1991)
  • "Love" (1992)
  • "Maria Elisa" (1994)[7]
  • "Ae-Ah" (The Outhere Brothers featuring Ricardo) (1998)
  • "Americana" (2004)

Filmography[edit]

Year Film/Television Role Other notes
1985 Hot Moves Break Dancer
1987 Winners Take All Johnny Rivera
Can't Buy Me Love Ricky
1988 Supercarrier Luis Cruz TV series; 8 episodes
Colors Bird
1989 21 Jump Street Lopez TV series; two-part episode: "Loc'd Out"/"Partners"
1991 For the Very First Time Cassanova made for television
1994 A Million to Juan Flaco
Somebody to Love Armando
2003 Pauly Shore Is Dead Rico Suave
Mi Casa, Su Casa Miguel Sanchez this film has the alternate title of Loco Love.

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