At long last, we’ve arrived at the grand finale of our tribute to the house music maestro, Ralphi Rosario. Volume 3 of this Legacy series is a kaleidoscopic journey through his remarkable catalog, blending the commercial with the underground in a way that only Rosario can.
When you think of Ralphi Rosario, it’s hard not to jump straight to chart-toppers like Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande’s “Rain On Me” or the Black Eyed Peas’ “RITMO”—both remixed by Rosario and rapturously received over the past year. But, Rosario’s influence stretches far beyond these blockbuster hits.
Take, for example, his remix of Cher’s “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight),” a splashy and effervescent tune that turns every dance floor into a vibrant spectacle. It’s a refreshing testament to Rosario’s genius: knowing just what a track needs to transform from good to iconic.
Rosario’s scope isn’t just confined to the latest hits. Remember Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana 2005”? Rosario’s reimagining breathed new life into this classic, taking us on a sonic vacation to that mythical club where “music and passion were always in fashion.”
The collaboration between Rosabel and Jennifer Holliday on “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” is nothing short of iconic in the gay community and beyond. This power-packed anthem, originally from the Broadway musical ‘Dreamgirls,’ was given a transformative Rosabel remix that thrust it straight back into the spotlight. With Holliday’s impassioned vocals layered over Rosabel’s rhythmic, high-energy beats, the song becomes more than a show-stopping number; it becomes an emblem of resilience and self-empowerment making one of the all-time favorite gay anthems. This Rosabel remix is not just another track on a playlist; it’s an auditory experience that uplifts, unites, and gives voice to the struggles and triumphs of the LGBTQ+ community. The song pulses through dancefloors and Pride parades alike, serving as an enduring testament to Rosabel’s and Jennifer Holliday’s indelible marks on both music and culture.
Stevie Nicks’ “Stand Back,” another gem given the Rosario treatment, illuminates the diversity of his repertoire, showing he can adapt his style to bring out the best in rock-flavored dance tunes. Then, he’ll pivot effortlessly to soulful classics like Donna Summer’s “Hot Stuff,” adding a contemporary spark without tarnishing the original’s fiery essence.
The intoxicating “F$ck Your Boyfriend (F.U.B.F.)” co-crafted with Frankie Catalano is another cornerstone that showcases Rosario’s risk-taking and rebellious spirit. This audacious track has been a guilty pleasure for many and adds to the Rosario enigma.
We’d be amiss not to acknowledge his contributions to more recent pop phenomena. With songs like Erika Jayne’s “One Hot Pleasure” or the Pussycat Dolls’ anthems “When I Grow Up” and “Don’t Cha,” Rosario makes sure the dance floor stays packed and the energy never wanes.
In the end, Rosario’s impact on LGBTQ+ nightlife and music scenes globally cannot be overstated. His name is synonymous with legendary, and his work—from 1987 to today—has served as the soundtrack for generations. Not acknowledging this would be an unforgivable oversight in the annals of dance music.
And there you have it—the grand finale to our monumental tribute to one of house music’s most celebrated artists. Until the next time…ENJOY!
Album: Ralphi Rosario | Legacy Volume 3
Genre: Circuit, Tribal, House
Total Time: 02:52:26
1. Cher – Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) (RR Mix)
2. David Morales feat. Janice Robinson – There Must Be Love (Ralphie Rosario Club Mix)
3. Karen Young – Hot Shot (The Karen Young Reheat) (RR & Craig J Remix)
4. Barry Manilow – Copacabana 2005 (RR’s Club Vocal Mix)
5. Rosabel feat. Debbie Jacobs – Don’t You Want My Love (Rosabel’s Cha Cha Club Mix)
6. Stevie Nicks – Stand Back (RR Remix)
7. Donna Summer – Hot Stuff (RR & Erick Ibiza Club Remix)
8. Enrique Iglesias – Turn the Night Up (Rosario Club Mix)
9. RR & Aneeta Beat – Button Pusha (RR Definitive Mix)
10. Erika Jayne – One Hot Pleasure (RR Club Mix)
11. Dave Audé feat. Jessica Sutta – Make It Last (RR Remix)
12. Donna Summer – Fame (The Game) (RR Club Mix)
13. Pussycat Dolls – When I Grow Up (RR Club Vox Mix)
14. The Absolute feat. Suzanne Palmer – I Believe 2009 (RR Club Vocal)
15. Madonna – Erotica (RR Private Mix)
16. Pussycat Dolls – Don’t Cha (Ralphi’s Hot Freak 12″ Vox Mixshow)
17. Heidi Montag – More Is More (RR Dirty Club Mix)
18. Goldfrapp – Anymore (RR Tek Vocal Remix)
19. Dave Audé feat. Andy Bell – Aftermath (Here We Go) (RR Club Mix)
20. Rihanna feat. David Guetta – Right Now (RR Club Mix)
21. RR & Frankie Catalano – F$ck Your Boyfriend (F.U.B.F.) (RR Dirty Club Mix)
22. Lily Allen – Fuck You (RR & Craig J Explicit Club Mix)
23. Depeche Mode – Perfect (RR & Craig J. Club Mix)
24. Mariah Carey – I Stay In Love (Ralphi’s BIG Vocal Mix)
25. Cyndi Lauper – Same Ol’ Fucking Story (Ralph Rosario Vocal Mix)
26. Beyoncé – Irreplaceable (Ralphi & Craig Mixshow Edit)
27. Rosabel feat. Jennifer Holiday – And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going (Rosabel Dreamgirls Anthem Mix Edit)