His biggest hit is Ven Devórame Otra Vez (Come Devour Me Again).
Rodriguez worked in the days of vinyl. Today you can find those records on the secondary market and his music on compilations.
Like many artists of that generation, Lalo has had is ups and downs, but he is back on his feet and touring again. In 2018, he did a reunion concert with Eddie Palmieri at Lehman Center in The Bronx. In 2019, he is touring the Northeastern United States.
Lalo Rodríguez plays SummerStage
Friday, July 26, 2019 ~ Rodriguez plays SummerStage in Soundview Park, The Bronx. Salseros Los Hermanos Moreno known for 1990s salsa hits Sopa de Pichón and Quimbombo open. DJ Lucho spins the crowd. 7-9pm. FREE
We are not certain, but the concert is probably in the Soundview Park Amphitheater which you can reach from Rosedale Avenue or O’Brien Avenue.
Several people said he didn’t show up. Hope you’re okay Lalo. Your fans still love you. Love is all we need.
1996 ~ This was Lalo’s last studio album (EMI Latin). He recorded another album Con Todo Mi Corazon (2013), but it was never released.
Ven, devórame otra vez
1988 ~ The album Un nuevo despertar (A New Awakening) produced Lalo’s biggest hit. It was written by Dominican songwriter Palmer Hernández.
The album hit #1 on Billboard’s Tropical/Salsa chart and the song won a Lo Nuestro Award for “Tropical Song of the Year” in 1989. It’s one of those songs that when it starts playing, everyone starts dancing and singing along. In 2018, Billboard magazine critics named it one of the Top 10 salsa recordings ever.
The record was known for its naughty lyrics, but that’s the way we talk in the Caribbean. I don’t know how to reconcile that with today’s #MeToo movement, the Caribbean banter is not meant to be mean and is generally harmless.
Solo Career ~ Simplemente Lalo
1980 ~ Rodriguez went solo with his album Simplemente Lalo on Tierrazo Records.
1976 ~ Rodriguez sang lead vocals on Palmieri’s Grammy-winning album Unfinished Masterpiece on Coco Records. You know, that’s a great title for Puerto Rico, an unfinished masterpiece.
Eddie Palmieri’s Sun of Latin Music
1974 ~ Rodriguez sang lead vocals on Palmieri’s Grammy-winning album, Sun of Latin Music.
1973 ~ Rodriguez joined maestro Eddie Palmieri’s band when he was just sixteen years old. This got him better known out in the world. At first he alternated lead vocals with Ismael Quintana, but eventually took over. Palmieri gave him the nickname “Lalo.”
Carolina, Puerto Rico
May 16, 1958 ~ Ubaldo Rodríguez Santos was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico, a suburb of San Juan.
He started singing in Puerto Rico’s Fiestas Patronales, the local carnivals that every town in Puerto Rico has. That led to radio and television appearances.