Personalities | Ricky Martin | Nineties | Rock
(Vocals, b. 1971)
Born in Puerto Rico, Enrique Martin Morales, was a member of the Latin boy-band Menudo in the 1980s. As an actor he also enjoyed TV work in Mexico and America, notably as a singing bartender in General Hospital. Martin made his Spanish-language solo debut in 1991 and a string of albums like A Medio Vivur (1995) won him a devoted following in Latin music circles. These firm foundations were built upon when the Latin pop craze swept America in the late 1990s and his single ‘Livin’ La Vida Loca’ became an international No. 1 hit. His debut eponymous English-singing album was a huge success although by follow-up Sound Loaded (2000) the star of Latin pop was falling out of favour. Returning to his core audience with the Spanish language Almas Del Silencio (2003) he was simply trying too hard to remake/remodel himself on the English language album Life (2005).
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