| Gerardo performing at Eleva, a conference founded by Jeff Tolle.|
Gerardo performing at Eleva, a conference founded by Jeff Tolle.
|Birth name||Gerardo Mejía|
|Born|| April 16, 1965|
|Occupations||Singer, Rapper, Music executive|
|Labels|| Interscope Records (1990-present)|
Randy's Records (1991-1992)
Gerardo Mejía (born April 16, 1965), better known as simply Gerardo, is a Latin rapper and singer who later became a recording industry executive. Born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, he has based his career in Los Angeles, California since his family moved to Glendale, California, when he was 12 years old. He became known for his bandana, skintight jeans and shirtless torso. He sometimes refers to himself as the "Latin Elvis" or the "Latin Frank Sinatra".
As a performerEdit
Gerardo's first major appearance in show business was as Ricky in the 1987 feature film Can't Buy Me Love. He was later cast as the character Bird in the 1988 film Colors, about South Central Los Angeles gang violence. This was also the first time his dance skills were showcased, in one of the party scenes; however, he did not sing at any point in the film.
His hit single "Rico Suave" appeared on his 1991 debut album, Mo' Ritmo. The album peaked at #36 on the Billboard 200 chart in June 1991; the single had peaked at #7 in April. This song, as well as some others of Gerardo's, include verses with lines in both English and Spanish. Although his following single "We Want the Funk" (a semi-remake of Parliament's "Tear the Roof Off the Sucker") peaked at #16, the popularity of "Rico Suave" has made Gerardo known as a one-hit wonder via sources including MTV, VH1, Synthesis and even Gerardo himself.
Now an A&R executive at Interscope Records, Gerardo was responsible for bringing Enrique Iglesias to the attention of Interscope Label Executives in early 1999. He also signed rapper Bubba Sparxxx.
|Year||Album details||Chart Positions|
|1991|| Mo' Ritmo
|1994|| Así Es
|2001|| Gerardo: Fame, Sex y Dinero
|"—" denotes the album failed to chart or not released|
- "Rico Suave" (1991)
- "We Want the Funk" (1991)
- "When the Lights Go Out" (1991)
- "Love" (1992)
- "Maria Elisa" (1994)
- "Ae-Ah" (The Outhere Brothers featuring Ricardo) (1998)
- "Americana" (2004)
|1984||Hot Moves||Break Dancer|
|1987||Winners Take All||Johnny Rivera|
|Can't Buy Me Love||Ricky|
|1991||For the Very First Time||Cassanova||made for television|
|1994||A Million to Juan||Flaco|
|Somebody to Love||Armando|
|2003||Pauly Shore is Dead||Rico Suave|
|Mi Casa, Su Casa||Miguel Sanchez||this film has the alternate title of Loco Love.|
- ↑ Billboard.com - Biography - Gerardo. Retrieved September 22, 2008.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Gerardo Mejía at the Internet Movie Database
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Gerardo: Back And 'Still Rico' - News Story | Music, Celebrity, Artist News | MTV News
- ↑ Billboard.com - Artist Chart History - Gerardo. Retrieved September 22, 2008.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Gerardo: Back And 'Still Rico' - News Story | Music, Celebrity, Artist News | MTV News. Retrieved September 28, 2008.
- ↑ Synthesis : Music : Gerardo : King Mac Daddy : an Interview with Rico Suave.. Retrieved September 28, 2008.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 - AKMusic Productions - Andy Kotz - Producer