Sad news from Havana: Ricardo Gómez Santa Cruz died Friday July 30 of prostate cancer.
Born July 26 1932 in Havana, at Santiago 5, between Zanja and Salud, "Santa Cruz" was a member of the comparsas Los Marqueses, La Jardinera y Los Dandys de Belén. He was a founding member of the Conjunto Folklórico Nacional. He was known principally as a singer and dancer, and especially admired as a "columbia" specialist.
His singing can be heard on the 'Homenaje a Jesús Pérez" LP, and on the unreleased album known as "Rapsodia Rumbera 2" here.
Here is some video of Santa Cruz singing guaguancó in 2008. Tremendo rumbero, que descanse en paz.