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Ruth Fernández
Birth: May 23, 1919
Belgica
Ponce Municipality
Puerto Rico, USA
Death: Jan. 9, 2012
San Juan
San Juan Municipality
Puerto Rico, USA

Singer, Political Figure. Called "The Soul of Puerto Rico made song", she was perhaps her country's most popular and respected vocalist. Born Ruth Naomi Fernandez Cortada, she was raised by her grandmother following her mother's early death, learned to play the piano at a young age, and by 14 was singing professionally on the radio. Spotted by bandleader Mingo around 1940 she began establishing a following in nightclubs and casinos and soon made her first tour which took her to Latin America and New York. In 1941 Ruth had a hit with "Quando Vuelvas" ("When You Return") and was signed by Columbia Records. During World War II and the Korean War she traveled entertaining the troops and in 1960 made her Carnegie Hall debut. Ruth became the first artist to perform popular music at the Metropolitan Opera and in 1973 made a much praised return trip to Carnegie Hall; heard throughout the Western Hemisphere and Europe she was always called upon for her signature pieces "Arriba, Corazones!" ("Lift Up Your Hearts!") and especially "Gracias, Mundo" ("Thank You, World"). Looked up to in her homeland she was elected to the Puerto Rican Senate in 1972 and remained there until 1981. She continued performing into advanced years and died of septicemia complicated by a number of chronic problems. At her death several of her records remained in print. An advocate of continued ties with the United States during her political career she said: "Go to any Latin American country. Who is the most advanced in education, health? Puerto Rico. You don't change what is good". (bio by: Bob Hufford) 
 
Burial:
Cementerio Municipal De Ponce
Ponce Municipality
Puerto Rico, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Bob Hufford
Record added: Jan 13, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 83414787
Ruth Fernández
Added by: Luis Hernandez
 
Ruth Fernández
Added by: Bob Hufford
 
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Que la luz celestial continue engradeciendo tu espíritu. ˇTu legado musical aún perdura!
- José & Emma Rivera
 Added: Mar. 8, 2014
Remembering you on your 2nd anniversary in Heaven. May you be at rest in heavenly peace Ruth!
- Osiris
 Added: Jan. 9, 2014

- Mary Alequin
 Added: Dec. 17, 2012
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