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Grammy Award Winning Composer Rudy Perez Has Written A Book About His Colorful Life


THEY ARE NOT SURE IF THE HORSE WAS STOLEN OR IF IT BELONGS TO THAT MAN. NOT THE BEST WAY TO REMAIN INCONSPICUOUS. BEYONCE, RICKY MARTIN AND MARC ANTHONY, THESE ARE A FEW OF THE PERFORMERS THAT RUDY PEREZ HAS WORKED WITH. PEREZ COMPOSED MORE THAN 1,000 SONGS AND IS COFOUNDER OF THE LATIN GRAMMYS HALL OF FAME. NOW HE HAS A NEW BOOK ABOUT HIS COLORFUL LIFE. LISA PETRILLO WAS THERE FOR THE LAUNCH. Reporter: STANDING ROOM ONLY AS I HAD THE HONOR OF INTERVIEWING FIVE TIME GRAMMY WINNER RUDY PEREZ IN FRONT OF HIS FANS AND OUR CAMERAS ABOUT HIS BOOK THE LATIN HIT MAKER. I HAVE SO MANY STORIES AND BEHIND THE SCENES THINGS THAT I COULD TELL THAT MAYBE IT WILL ENCOURAGE THEM OR MOTIVATE THEM OR SIMPLY INSPIRE THEM. THAT’S THE REASON I WROTE THIS. HE CAME FROM CUBA WHEN HE WAS A SMALL CHILD ON THE LAST FREEDOM FLIGHT. HIS DAD WAS A PASTOR. 1968. WE ALMOST DIDN’T MAKE IT BECAUSE MY FATHER WAS IN PRISON IN CASTRO, JAILED FOR ANTICOMMUNIST, ANTIREVOLUTIONARY. WHEN HE FINALLY CAME OUT, WE WERE CLAIMED BY OUR RELATIVES AND ABLE TO LEAVE. Reporter: LIKE MANY REFUGEES THEY CAME TO MIAMI WITH NOTHING. I THANK MY PARENTS FOR POVERTY. I DO. BECAUSE ACTUALLY IT GAVE ME SO MUCH DRIVE TO GO OUT AND GET — I THINK A LOT OF KIDS TODAY, THEY HAVE SO MUCH THAT THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO AND THOUGH GO GET ANYTHING. Reporter: MUSIC WAS HIS PASSION. HE SOON BEGAN PLAYING WITH A BAND CALLED HURLY QUEEN. IT WAS THEN HE KNEW HE COULD WRITE AND PRODUCE MUSIC. HE WAS WORKING WITH SOME OF THE BIGGEST STARS IN THE BUSINESS RECORDING OUT OF HIS MIAMI BEACH HOME STUDIO. I GOT TO WORK WITH BIONCE, CRISTINA AGUILAR. LET’S NOT FORGET RICK DI MARTIN AND THE LIST GOES ON AND ON. NATALIE COLE, I DID HER LAST ALBUM BEFORE SHE PASSED AWAY. YOU KNOW, I MISS THAT GIRL SO MUCH. Reporter: THEN THE TIME HE WORKED WITH BEYONCE BEFORE SHE WAS COMING OVER, A SEWAGE LINE BROKE IN THE WALLS OF THE HOUSE AND IT STUNK. I WAS LIKE OH, MY GOD, CAN YOU IMAGINE THESE THE FIRST TIME SHE COMES TO MY HOUSE. Reporter: THROUGH IT ALL FAMILY COMES FIRST. THEY HAVE FIVE CHILDREN AND CELEBRATED 36 YEARS OF MARRIAGE. SHE IS THE BEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO ME BY FAR. Reporter: HE HOPES THE NEW BOOK WILL SHOW WITH FAITH, DETERMINATION AND HARD WORK DREAMS COME TRUE AND A FEW HIT SONGS DON’T HURT EITHER. ♪ NOW I KNOW WHERE I’M GOING ♪ ♪

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