Rodrigo Alejandro Bueno (Spanish: [ro'd?igo ale'xand?o bwe'no]; May 24, 1973 – June 24, 2000), also known by his stage name Rodrigo or his nickname "El Potro" ("the Colt"), was an Argentine singer of cuarteto music.
He is widely regarded as the best, most famous and most influential singer in the history of this genre.
Bueno's style was marked by his on-stage energy and charisma.
His short, dyed hair and casual clothes differed from typical cuarteto singers with strident colors and long curly hair.
During his career, Bueno expanded cuarteto music to the Argentine national scene, remaining one of the main figures of the genre.
The son of Eduardo Alberto Bueno, a record shop owner and music producer, and Beatriz Olave, a songwriter and newsstand owner, Rodrigo Bueno was born into the cuarteto musical scene in Córdoba, Argentina.
He first appeared on television at the age of two, on the show Fiesta de Cuarteto, along with family friend Juan Carlos "La Mona" Jiménez.
With the help of his father, he recorded an album of children's songs, Disco Baby, at the age of five.
During his preteen years he informally joined the local band Chébere during live performances.
He dropped out of school at the age of twelve and successfully auditioned for the band Manto Negro.
After five years without success in Córdoba, Bueno's father decided to try to launch his son's career as a soloist in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
In 1990 Bueno released his first record, La Foto de tu Cuerpo, on Polygram Records.
Bueno introduced his next album, Aprendiendo a Vivir, with a live performance at the nightclub Fantástico Bailable.
The performance brought him his first recognition in the tropical music scene.
In 1995, Bueno signed a contract with Sony Music that lasted only for the release of the album Sabroso; the next year he signed a contract with Magenta Records that granted him one percent of his record sales.
He discarded salsa and merengue from his repertoire, recording and performing exclusively cuarteto.
His first release with the label, Lo Mejor del Amor, became an instant radio hit, earning him national fame and an ACE Award for Best Musical Act.
The success was followed by La Leyenda Continúa (certified gold by CAPIF) and Cuarteteando.
His 1999 release A 2000 became the theme of a series of concerts begun in the Astral Theater and held the following year in the Luna Park Arena under the name of Cuarteto Característico Rodrigo A 2000 ("Characteristic Cuarteto, Rodrigo to 2000").
The show sold out the stadium thirteen times, while the album A 2000 was certified quadruple platinum.
Bueno's schedule at the time included twenty-five to thirty shows weekly.
Due to his demanding tours, Bueno began consuming beer to excess, which began to interfere with his performing.
His stress level was further increased from receiving multiple death threats.
Following a concert at the nightclub Escándalo in La Plata, Bueno was returning to the city of Buenos Aires on the evening of June 24, 2000.
After his path was blocked by another driver who had passed him on the turnpike, Bueno tried to chase the vehicle to move in front of it again.
In the process, he lost control of his SUV and crashed against a barrier.
He was ejected from the SUV and he died instantly.
His death caused an immediate sensation in the Argentine media, with speculation about a possible murder conspiracy.
After a short trial, the driver of the other vehicle was found not guilty; the judge considered Bueno to have been responsible for driving imprudently.