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Celia Cruz

Celia Cruz was one of Latin music's most respected vocalists. A ten-time Grammy nominee, Cruz, who sang only in her native Spanish language, received a Smithsonian Lifetime Achievement award, a National Medal of the Arts, and honorary doctorates from Yale University and the University of Miami. A street in Miami was even renamed in her honor, and Cruz's trademark orange, red, and white polka dot dress and shoes have been placed in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institute of Technology. The Hollywood Wax Museum includes a statue of the Cuba-born songstress. According to the European Jazz Network, Cruz "commands her realm with a down-to-earth dignity unmistakably vibrant in her wide smile and striking pose."

One of 14 children, born in the small village of Barrio Santos Suarez, Havana, Cruz was drawn to music from an early age. Her first pair of shoes was a gift from a tourist for whom she sang. In addition to spending many evenings singing her younger siblings to sleep, Cruz sang in school productions and community gatherings. Taken to cabarets and nightclubs by an aunt, she was introduced to the world of professional music. At the encouragement of a cousin, Cruz began to enter and win local talent shows. Although her father attempted to guide her toward a career as a teacher, Cruz continued to be lured by music. In a 1997 interview, she said, "I have fulfilled my father's wish to be a teacher as, through my music, I teach generations of people about my culture and the happiness that is found in just living life. As a performer, I want people to feel their hearts sing and their spirits soar." Enrolling in Cuba's Conservatory of Music in 1947, Cruz found her earliest inspiration in the singing of Afro-Cuban vocalist Paulina Alvarez. Her first break came when she was invited to join the band la Sonora Matancera in 1950. The group was revered as the Latin equivalent of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Cruz remained with the group for 15 years, touring throughout the world. She married the band's trumpet player Pedro Knight on July 14, 1962. With Fidel Castro's assuming control of Cuba in 1960, Cruz and Knight refused to return to their homeland and became citizens of the United States. Although they initially signed to perform with the orchestra of the Hollywood Palladium, Cruz and Knight eventually settled in New York. Knight became Cruz's manager in 1965, a position he held until the mid-'90s when he began to devote his attention to serving as her musical director and conductor of her band.

Leaving Sonora Matancera's band in 1965, Cruz launched her solo career with a band formed for her by Tito Puente. Despite releasing eight albums together, the collaboration failed to achieve commercial success. Cruz and Puente resumed their partnership with a special appearance at the Grammy Award ceremonies in 1987. Signed by Vaya, the sister label of Fania, Cruz recorded with Oscar D'Leon, Cheo Feliciano, and Hector Rodriquez in the mid- to late '60s. Cruz's first success since leaving Sonora Matancera came in 1974 when she recorded a duo album, Celia & Johnny, with Johnny Pacheco, trombone player and the co-owner of Fania. She subsequently began appearing with the Fania All Stars. Cruz's popularity reached its highest level when she appeared in the 1992 film The Mambo Kings. Cruz also appeared in the film The Perez Family. She sang a duet version of "Loco de Amor," with David Byrne, in the Jonathan Demme movie Something Wild. In 1998, Cruz released Duets, an album featuring her singing with Willie Colon, Angela Carrasco, Oscar D'Leon, Jose Alberto "El Canario," and la India. Cruz continued to record and perform until sidelined by a brain tumor in 2002. While recovering from surgery to remove the tumor, she managed to make it in to the studio in early 2003 to record Regalo de Alma. Her surgery was only partially successful and she died July 16, 2003. The passing of the "Queen of Salsa" left a huge gap in Latin music, but also a remarkable catalog to document her reign. ~ Craig Harris, Rovi
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Hail to the Queen!
Celia Cruz....Azuc a r ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
desireevarga s 5 6
AZUCAR!!!!!! !
Esta Mujer ...una Diosa Cubana ...con la chispa de todo buen Caribeno ...nunca la tumbo nada !!!!!!! Un Carnabal ....para Bailar !!!!! .....
Aqui esta la Reina !!!!!! Dame ...azuuuucar !!!!! Hay que Vivir la vida !!!! No hay que Llorar .....
La mejor cantante q a podido parir la madre patria Cuba,fue la mujer más alegre del mundo,se te quiere Celia desd dond quieras q estés.
la reina de salsa .
She is outstading
She never going to died
Queen of Salsa ����
La Reina de Azuca!!!!!!! ! ! . . . . . .
este tema es la cumparsita de la musica melodica. bravo!
Julio Jaramillo que en su epoca sonaba en todas las Vitrolas de Ecuador, se inclino por el tango y no paso verguenza.
Seria injusto afirmar de la calidad de los interpretes del pasado, pensandolo friamente, fueron extraordinar i o s interpretes, que tenian que competir con buenos de verdad. Gracias a Dios y Pandora estamos en primera fila para el deleite.
Omara Puertondo fue una de las grandes voces de Cuba.
Dile que por mi no tema. Su voz la interpreto tan real que yo vivi ese poema.
Cubaaaaaa...
La Negra Tiene Tambao....lo v i n g it! Makes me want to dance...=)
Kiss your left hand
Say your crushes name
Close your hand
Choose a weekday
Post this on 15 other stations and on that weekday your crush will ask you out
QUE VIVA PARA SIEMPRE CEIA.JOSIAN PONCE
Descansa en paz querida CELIA voz única incomparable siempre te recordare.Do n ' t read this cause it actually works you will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life tomorrow will be the best day of your life however if you don't post this you will die in 2 days now you've started reading this don't stop this is so scary post this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes when your done press f6 and your lovers name will come up to the screen this is so scary because.P.R JOSIAN
te busco
miles_m_perr y
This old man loves this music!
Te quiero mucho celia
I love this song so much
R.I.p to the queen of salsayou will in all of our heart though your music
hearts sing and their spirits soar
......
BY CELIA CRUZ....
Me encanta cuando canta Celia cruz y la salsa me fascina
Celia, mi negra! Se te extrana! Desde la Margarita en Santos Suarez, hasta ser la Reina del Mundo entero! De parte de los jimaguitas que veias todos los dias cuando ibas a coger la guagua para ir radio Progreso y deotra fiel admiradora. Crecimos y vivimos contigo. We Love You!!!
gregmc33
Ritz Cracker approved!
Me gusta musica

IN
Celia Cruz will ALWAYS be the BEST of the BEST!!! There is NO ONE who can ever take her place in our hearts & our souls.
¡QUE VIVA PARA SIEMPRE!!!!!
La reina de salsa.....mu c h amor Celia Cruz!!! Your music will live with us forever.
Celia will always remind me of my Mima...Rest in Paradise Mi amor. 1.4.14
un de las perdidas mas grandes en la Musica internaciona l Latina cuando perdimos a Celia Cruz
g0226satita
I love this song
LOVE CELIA FOREVER



E.IA
Best song ever
monitocasp2
Celia was my idol, ella era unica, pura vida, Azuca!
jam48251
The Greatest
Oh how I miss the queen of salsa no one will ever compare to what she was... Listen to her everyday and it makes me just get up and want to dance
La reina de la salsa azúcar!
My lady who I love n miss ,,, but she lives in her songs !!!!
Makes me get up and live!
Hi everyone this is my mothers late aunt.
marilynbarne l l
A Wonderful Character was Celia! I met backstage @MSG when she performed with Marc Anthony. What a good show! She had a very devoted hubby, who died soon after her death!
ah como me encanta ese cancion nadie mas que tuuuu lol Azucaaa! :)
Azucar!!!
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