Jose Luis Rodriguez "El Puma"
Jose Luis Rodriguez Gonzalez , nicknamed El Puma (Cougar) is a Venezuelan singer and actor who has recorded many international super hits and participated in a handful of telenovelas.
Rodriguez lost his father (who hailed from the Canary Islands) at the age of six, and was raised by his mother along with 11 brothers and sisters. He grew up in very modest conditions, having to shine shoes, and pack bags in a supermarket for a living at an early age. Without an academic formation, he shaped himself as a singer and actor by empirical means.
As his mother participated in the revolt against Marcos Perez Jimenez (holding weapons and hiding politicians in her home), Rodriguez lived in exile in Ecuador with her and his brother, for a couple of years.
Rodriguez surfaced in his homeland in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and was able to build a fan base there. He also participated in a famous commercial, along with his family during that time. Rodriguez went to Puerto Rico, where he participated in the Telenovela Cristina Bazan, alongside Johanna Rosaly and young Adamari Lopez. It was whilst there that he received his nickname, El Puma. Later, he also made the Telenovela El idolo, with Cuban actress Marylin Pupo, playing Omar Contreras (a.k.a. El Puma).
Rodriguez's main money revenue, however, was his singing career. His hits included Dueno de nada, Pavo real and Agarrense de las manos. With the second, he caused controversy at the 1982 contest of Miss Universe, which was being held in Atlanta, a city in the Southern United States; the song's main issue was mixed races matrimony.
Later, Rodriguez participated in the Spanish version of Meet the Robinsons ("La Familia del Futuro" - The Family of the Future) as Wilbur Robinson's dad. El Puma also starred in an advertising campaign for Wrigley's Eclipse gum, with the spot drawing on his persona, using humor and kitsch to highlight the tagline, "Libera el Puma que hay en ti" (Free the puma within).
Alma Llanera (1974)
Temas de mis telenovelas (1975)
Una Nueva cancion (1976)
De America (1977)
Voy a Perder la Cabeza (1979)
Cantando Exitos de Siempre CBS Columbia (Venezuela) (1980)
La Historia del Idolo (1982)
Dueno de Nada (1982)
Ven CBS Columbia (Espana) (1983)
Due Come Noi CBS Columbia (Italia) (1984)
El Ultimo Beso CBS Columbia (Espana) (1985)
Voy A Conquistarte CBS Columbia Internacional (EE.UU.)(1986)
Senor Corazon (1987)
Con el Mariachi Vargas (1988)
Tengo Derecho a Ser Feliz (1989)
Las 15 Grandes de El Puma (1989)
Serie de Coleccion (1990)
12 Grandes Exitos (1990)
Esta Vez (1990)
Senor Corazon (1990)
Senora Bonita (1990)
El Puma en Ritmo (1991)
Piel de Hombre (1992)
Querido Puma (1993)
Razones Para Una Sonrisa (1994)
Boleros de Siempre con Jose Luis Rodriguez (1995)
Llamada del Amor (1996)
Joyas Musicales (1996)
Lo Mejor de Jose Luis Rodriguez (1996)
Que Quiere Esa Musica Esta Noche (1997)
[[En Ritmo 2: Fiesta]] (1999)
Serie Millennium 21 (2000)
Mis 30 Mejores (2000)
Inolvidable, Vol. 3 (2001)
Mis 30 Mejores Canciones con Los Panchos (2002)
[[Serie de Autores, Vol. 1: Manuel Alejandro]] (2002)
[[Serie de Autores, Vol. 3: P. Herrero y J.L. Armenteros]] (2002)
[[Serie de Autores, Vol. 4: Chema Puron]] (2002)
[[Serie de Autores, Vol. 5 Chema Puron: P. Herrero y J.L. Armenteros|Serie de Autores, Vol. 5 Chema Puron]] (2002)
Mi Historia (2004)
Sabor a Mexico (2005)
Mis 30 Mejores Canciones (2005)
Canciones de Amor (2006)
Ayer y Hoy (2006)
15 Exitos (2006)
Homenaje a Jose Alfredo Jimenez (2007)
Interpreta a Manuel Alejandro (2008)
Los Grandes del Amor (2009)
Mi Amigo El Puma (2009)
Una Muchacha Llamada Milagros
Venezuelan music (Musica Llanera)
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