Ruben Gonzalez

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Birthday
26, 1919
Birthplace
Cuba
Death Date
Dec 8, 2003 (84)
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
26, 1919
Birthplace
Cuba
Death Date
Dec 8, 2003 (84)

About

Remembered best for his work with fellow Cuban musicians Enrique Jorrin and Arsenio Rodriguez, this jazz and Latin-genre pianist also performed and recorded with such acclaimed music groups as the Buena Vista Social Club and the Afro-Cuban All-Stars.

Before Fame

He studied to be a doctor, but ultimately abandoned medicine in favor of a career in music. His first recording (with Arsenio Rodriguez) was released in 1943.

Trivia

He recorded his 1996 solo album, Introducing...Rubén González, in less than forty-eight hours.

Family Life

He grew up in Santa Clara and Cienfuegos, Cuba. He died in Havana at the age of eighty-four.

Associated With

In the mid 1990s, he began a late-career musical collaboration with American guitarist Ry Cooder.