Lalo Rodríguez

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Lalo Rodríguez
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Lalo Rodríguez in 1981
Background information
Born (1958-05-16) May 16, 1958 (age 60)
Carolina, Puerto Rico
Genres Salsa
Occupation(s) singer-songwriter,
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1973–present

Ubaldo Rodríguez Santos (born May 16, 1958), known professionally as Lalo Rodríguez, is a Puerto Rican salsa singer and musician best known for his hit "Ven, devórame otra vez".

Early life[edit]

Rodriguez was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico to parents Magdalena Santos and Jose Rodriguez. At age 9, he started singing in traditional Puerto Rican festivals, as well as on radio and television programs.[1]


In 1973, at only 16 years of age, with the help of producer Harvey Averne, Rodríguez joined Eddie Palmieri's band. He was the featured vocalist on Palmieri's Grammy-winning album Sun Of Latin Music. A year later he sang on "Unfinished Masterpiece", also with Palmieri, who gave him his new first name "Lalo". Rodríguez also worked with Machito and Tommy Olivencia's group. In 1980, he "went solo." Lalo has been compared to other famous salseros like Eddie Santiago, José Alberto, and Frankie Ruiz. Rodríguez is known for a charismatic stage presence and he often interacts with his audience in the tradition of the great Cheo Feliciano. Rodríguez was awarded "Tropical Song of the Year" at the Lo Nuestro Awards in 1989 for the hit, "Ven, Devórame Otra Vez".[2] Rodríguez continued to record and produce new albums throughout the early and mid 1990s. In 1994, Lalo was brought back to the Copacabana of New York by Chino Rodríguez, who became Lalo's manager for a short period and had Harvey Averne talk to Capital EMI Latin to re-record Lalo with the project Nací Para Cantar, which although it was not well-promoted, the CD still sold RIAA Gold. Lalo Rodríguez's final album to date, Estoy Aqui, was released in 1996.[3] After a long absence from recording, Rodríguez returned in the late 2000s with a new album entitled Con Todo Mi Corazon, an album that has not been released to the public as of 2013.[4][5]

Personal life[edit]

Marriage and family[edit]

Lalo Rodríguez currently resides in Orlando, Florida with his wife Wanda Torres, whom he married in 1986. The couple have four children, one of whom was adopted in 2006.[6][7]

Legal issues[edit]

Rodríguez was arrested on March 20, 2011 and charged with domestic violence, accused of attempting to strangle his wife Wanda.[8][9] He posted $1,500 shortly afterwards, but was arrested again in May for possession of cocaine and violating his restraining order by contacting his wife.[10] In an interview with Primera Hora, Lalo Rodríguez recalled the events differently from what his wife had originally told the media, citing that he had accused her of infidelity and wanted a divorce (though both would ultimately reconcile).[11] Rodríguez was eventually released in July and placed on two years of probation and drug rehabilitation.[12]


Studio Albums[edit]

  • 1973: Evolución
  • 1976: Fireworks
  • 1980: Simplemente... Lalo
  • 1982: Una Voz Para Escuchar
  • 1988: Un Nuevo Despertar
  • 1990: Sexsacional
  • 1991: ¡Plena-Mente, Lalo!
  • 1992: Como Siempre Lalo
  • 1992: De Vuelta en la Trampa
  • 1994: Nací Para Cantar
  • 1996: Estoy Aquí
  • Con Todo Mi Corazon (unreleased)

Compilation Albums[edit]

  • 1994: Oro Salsero: 20 Éxitos
  • 1997: Colección: Mi Historia
  • 2000: Serie Sensacional
  • 2002: Edicion Limitada
  • 2003: Antologia
  • 2004: Serie Top 10
  • 2006: Pura Salsa
  • 2008: The Greatest Salsa Ever
  • 2013: 12 Favoritas
  • 2015: Salsa Legends


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