Rodriguez, Felipe

Born in 1926 in Caguas, Puerto Rico, Luis Felipe Rodríguez Quiñones started his musical career by performing with various musical groups he helped to form: a duo with Julito Rodríguez and a trio called “Los Tres Romanceros”, together with Julito and Sotero Collazo.

In 1950, he left these groups to form another trio called Los Carpios, that was later known as Los Antares. He also joined María Esther Pérez Félix to perform as a duo between 1950 and 1953.

Dubbed “the voice” by a radio announcer, his recordings during the 1950’s were enjoyed widely throughout Puerto Rico. This is especially true of songs such as “La última copa”, “Golondrina viajera”, and “No Te Perdono Mas”. This success moved him to regularly attend the circuit of hispanic theaters on the United States’ east coast where he frequently outsold well known and established artists such as Libertad Lamarque.

In 1954 he organized the reknown duo called Felipe and Davilita, together with Ortiz Dávila. The duo acheived great success and spanned an entire era of that genre of popular songs in Puerto Rico. When the new wave of rock roll, with its electric guitars, hit the shores of Puerto Rico in the 1960’s, the duo still flourished; alternating in first position of the popular charts with the combo of Rafael Cortijo.

In the midst of the new musical currents, his popularity remained strong in the Puerto Rican community in New York City. He was the first Puerto Rican to sing his country’s national anthem in a nationally (United States) televised sporting event.

Back in Puerto Rico, he became the radio host of a musical program called “Este es su disco” transmitted by WITA Radio from San Juan. A subsequent engagement with RCA Victor did not prove equally successfull but “the voice” did gain acclaim in 1970’s for musical productions of Christmas music, performed together with Davilita and Pellín Rodríguez. His song “La protesta de los Reyes” in 1974 became an instant classic since its cultural affirmation struck a chord in the hearts of Puerto Ricans.

In his final days, the popular singer joined with singer Felito Félix to record an album of boleros that became a classic in the music of Puerto Rico. When recording a second edition of the record, an accidental fall in his home that resulted in his death on 26 May 1999.


Leyenda (2000)

Y Su Trio Los Antares (2000)

Felicidades (1999)

16 Exitos Originales (1997)