His second album, Voy Pa' Encima, was released in 1987 and performed well in Puerto Rico, Spain and the United States.  Ruiz completed a hectic schedule during the remainder of February and March, which was further complemented by a number of impromptu presentations.  The former peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart. A compilation album titled Historia Musical de Frankie Ruiz also reached the top of the Billboard list.  In Puerto Rico, the process more closely resembled a baquiné, a local funerary rite usually reserved for children; instead of mourning, the person's life is celebrated and honored in joyous fashion; his body was received with plena (music and dance).
 A procession to Mayagüez began, with his family following the hearse carrying his body close by, and thousands of cars joining along the way. , Ruiz attended the Billboard Latin Music Conference that started on April 28, 1997, at the InterContinental Miami, where he received a recognition.  The announcement of his performance drew a sizable crowd.  Despite being hand-selected, Cruz acknowledged that Ruiz had a unique style and that he had no interest in copying it, or replacing him, or becoming a contemporary version of Ruiz. The song's length was extended by repeating its soneos and choruses and was remastered to improve its sound.  His final appearance took place at the Crystal Nightclub in Miami on April 24, 1998, during which Ruiz made an effort to hide his discomfort.  During this timeframe he outsold Sergio Vargas, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Xavier, Juan Luis Guerra, Jerry Rivera, and Rey Ruiz.  While still in his 30s, he became known as El Papá de la Salsa (The Father of Salsa).
- YouTube  During this time, he developed a friendship with Joe Salvador, through which he met Rosemary Salvador, whose family sponsored his performances and those of his brothers.  After being born, he was initially adopted by his grandmother, Concepción, as his mother was 15 years old. Mira, a Frankie lo pueden imitar muchas personas, no quiero decir nombres, pero nadie lo ha podido igualar.  Despite admitting to being nervous prior to the event due to the presence of established salsa performers, Ruiz, Jr. hoped that his long training would prove sufficient to please a public that admired his father.  The municipal government later renamed an auditorium next to the Palacio de Recreación y Deportes in Ruiz's honor.
Sería el año 1982, aproximadamente.  Eventually, he convinced PolyGram that he could continue and recorded a version of "Vuelvo a Nacer" that satisfied him. Roberto Navarro Piano.  The success of this group led to a general resurgence of salsa which had been struggling before the expansion of merengue music in the tropical categories.  He was allowed a temporary return to Puerto Rico, where he did some recording with Vinny Urrutia.  The album was certified platinum after selling over 100,000 copies.  Jerry Rivera, who met Ruiz when he was 13 years old, and whom he considered his idol, recorded a tribute album titled Canto a mi Idolo...Frankie Ruiz in 2003 with Ruiz's songs.  This notion was further fueled by the fact that while they were together, Ruiz, Sr. behaved like any other father and did not reflect a grandiose aura. A inicios de los 80, yo trabajaba como manager del club Honey for the bears, en Miami, que era propiedad de Hansel, el cantante de Hansel y Raúl. , Ruiz's first album as a soloist, Solista pero no Solo, was produced by TH-Rodven Records and directed by Willie Sotello in 1985.  According to Cruz's own assessment, the single "Locos como yo" is the one that remains closest to its inspiration, with the others being "Me rindo", "Labios de púrpura", "Locos como yo" and "Hay que seguir palante" (in which Quiñones reprised his previous role. He then comprehended the kind of influence that his father had on the masses and his impact on tropical music.  This outpouring of emotion, and the number of mourners surprised even those close to Ruiz, who wondered if the singer realized the reach of his work in life. Frankie tenía un nivel vocal a donde nadie podía llegar, porque era barítono, además de una persona excepcional.  In 2004, another tribute album Va Por Ti, Frankie was released featuring various artists. Todo el mundo lo quería grabar. De repente teníamos apartamento en Puerto Rico, Nueva York y Miami.  The following day, his body was moved to the adjacent Mayagüez City Hall and received the honors reserved for a distinguished son; a public wake was held while more musicians played his repertoire. Frankie Ruiz Sus Mejores Éxitos | Frankie Ruiz Mix Salsa RománticaFrankie Ruiz Sus Mejores Éxitos | Frankie Ruiz Mix Salsa Románticahttps://youtu.be/ljXGFhBJ5xg  Nacimiento y Recuerdos was certified platinum in the Latin field by the RIAA.  In December 1994, Ruiz released Mirandoté, with the eponymous single becoming his first to become the number one song on the Billboard Tropical Songs chart. Hablamos con las compañías y solo fue cuestión de tiempo.  Despite the hiatus, his popularity remained and Ruiz began working towards a comeback in November 1997.  He became interested in a salsa band called La Solución, directed by Roberto Rivera, which he was able to join after multiple attempts.  His coffin was covered by the flag of Puerto Rico, which became an ubiquitous gift brought by the masses visiting the funeral house. ¿Héctor Lavoe le pidió un autógrafo a John Lennon? En nuestros momentos juntos escuchábamos mucho José José, Ricardo Montaner.  Their relationship was not well received by her religious family, who tried to enroll him in rehabilitation centers, and the couple relocated.  Urrutia and Valentín had already completed preliminary arrangements and begun production with Peter Velásquez as songwriter.  Despite his condition, Ruiz tried to be amicable with both strangers, family, and acquaintances who visited daily.  He recorded his first song "Salsa Buena" with this band, which was followed by "Borinquen".
, During the summer of 2003, four singles composed for Ruiz, but never recorded, resurfaced at the hands of Urrutia. Él nunca pensó que lo iba a hacer.  His father was quoted as saying: "I knew my son was famous, but I never imagined he was so loved all over the world. , In 1999, Universal Music Latino published a compendium titled La Leyenda de un Sonero, which remastered some of his previous work.  While in jail, Ruiz underwent a detoxification process.  During the following years, he continued performing with the support of his parents, meeting artists like Tito Puente in the process. Era algo que no había sentido nunca.  Family members who lived abroad rushed to the hospital along with his children. Cuando él empezó a cantar fue una cosa mágica. Para muchos, Frankie está en el altar de las leyendas de la salsa. He was much bigger than I thought he was. Frankie Ruiz Jr....DIME....El Hijo De La Salsa!!!  Its organizer, focused the narrative of the festival on an anti-drug message, and noted in a later interview that Ruiz was an example of an unexpected death caused by a life of excess that had impacted him personally.  There, Ruiz's final wake was held at the Minchin Funeral Home, attended by a similar numbers of public individuals and friends who lived in the area.
, In 1999, the municipality of Mayagüez dedicated their yearly fiesta patronal to Ruiz; Viti was featured as guest singer.  Pedestrians gathered along the road waving flags and, upon entering the municipality, his music was played at an event before thousands of attendees.  During this process, he studied the work of his father extensively, but focused on creating his own personal style instead of copying, but he did adopt the pseudonym of El Hijo de la Salsa in his father's honor. En ese momento, él aún formaba parte de la orquesta de Tommy Olivencia y compartía la delantera con Tricoche y Pichie Pérez.  On June 9, 2007, the Copacabana nightclub in New York City hosted an homage to Ruiz, Ismael Rivera and Héctor Lavoe; Viti performed Ruiz's songs. 3 Di positivo. Yo le dije: mira, yo conozco a tanta gente y si aquí la gente viene es porque viene a verte a cantar a ti. Lo recuerdo con mucho sentimiento porque fue el amor de mi vida, lo extraño todos los días.  Ruiz was introduced to the audience following a speech, and walked onstage aided by his brother to cheers that lasted for minutes.  This demonstrated the impact that Ruiz had on Puerto Rican popular culture.