Bobby Rodriguez

There are two musicians by the name of Bobby Rodriguez: 1) (b 5 Aug. '50, Spanish Harlem, NYC, USA; d 12 Mar. '03, Mount Sinai Hospital, Manhattan, NYC) Salsa bandleader, saxophonist, flautist, clarinetist, pianist, vocalist, percussionist, arranger, composer, producer. He was musical director, arranger, composer and tenor saxophonist with his brother Ray Rodríguez' orchestra late '60s to mid-'70s; worked on Ray's LPs Introducing Ray Rodríguez And His Orchestra '68 and Delusion '69 on Alegre, Ray Rodríguez y su Orquesta '70 on Cotique, Ray Rodríguez and Duro '74 on Mericana; second album incl. the outstanding Olvidame (Forget Me) co-penned by Bobby and albino lead singer Nestor Sánchez El Albino Divino. Sánchez departed to work with Tony Pabón's La Protesta '69-75, then Conjunto Candela '76, Larry Harlow '77-82, Julio Castro '84, Grupo Fascinación mid-'90s and as a solo artist. Bobby played on Joe Bataan's Fania albums Mr New York And The East Side Kids '71 and Saint Latin's Day Massacre ' 72 and his smash hit Salsoul '73 on Mericana. He organised his own brass and flute-led band La Compañia (The Company) '74 blending típico Latin music with jazz, soul and funk influences, together with a songbook liberally peppered with English-lyric numbers; worked NYC salsa club circuit before making LP debut on Fania sister label Vaya with Lead Me To That Beautiful Band '75, including Rubén Blades penned hit Numero 6 about subway delays. Puerto Rican born Junior Cordova (an a...

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