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The early '80s were the weakest when it came to salsa popularity because of the audience's preference for merengue, and it seemed that the music was heading for a slump; however, it did not faze Olivencia and his powerful band, which indeed never show any signs of weakening. Star singer Frankie Ruiz acquires more presence, pushing himself throughout almost the entire repertoire, and even "Anita Tun Tun," a breezy merengue to keep up with the times, seems a fitting moment. Ray Santos' expert arrangement keeps moments like "Engañada" and the bolero "Que Me Dices" (well performed by Carlos Alexis) shining like solid gold. Oddly enough, this CD was re-released shortly after Frankie Ruiz's passing, but it has the same relevance as it did when it was originally recorded in 1983. ~ José A. Estévez, Jr., Rovi


Born: May 15, 1938 in Santurce, Puerto Rico

Genre: Salsa y Tropical

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Singer and bandleader Tommy Olivencia was a pioneer in the evolution of Puerto Rican salsa music. His legendary backing combo, la Primerisima, was the launching pad for future stars including Frankie Ruiz, Gilberto Santa Rosa, and Marvin Santiago. Born Ángel Tomás Olivencia Pagán in the Santurce section of San Juan on May 15, 1938, he spent much of his adolescence in the city of Arecibo, where he learned to play trumpet. By his mid-teens Olivencia was a staple of local dance bands, and in 1960 founded...
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