Gloria Estefan

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Gloria Estefan (birth name Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo, born September 1, 1957 in Havana, Cuba), is a five-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, who began her career as lead vocalist for the then exclusively Spanish-language band, Miami Sound Machine, in 1975, and crossed over to mainstream popular success with English-speaking audiences with the international hit single, "Conga," in 1985.

Biography

Known as the "Queen of Latin Pop," Estefan is one of the most recognized music artists in the world. Billions have heard her, millions have seen her perform -- and with over 70 million albums sold worldwide, she is the single most successful crossover performer in Latin music history.

In addition to her music career, Estefan has appeared in two movies, "Music of the Heart" (1999) and "For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story" (2000). She is slated to star as Connie Francis, a U.S. pop singer whose peak commercial success was in the late 1950s and early 1960s, in an as yet untitled film based on Ms. Francis' life.

Early years

Cuban-born, Estefan's family moved to Miami, Florida when she was two years old, following the Cuban Revolution in 1959. Estefan's father, Jose Fajardo, was captured in the ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion that failed to overthrow the new communist government established by Fidel Castro. Her father was held as a prisoner until an exchange was arranged by then-President John F. Kennedy.

Estefan's father also served as an officer in the United States Army in Vietnam, where he is suspected of having been poisoned by Agent Orange, a defoliant used extensively during the Vietnam war. He contracted multiple sclerosis, and was nursed by a young Estefan for many years. He died in 1980.

Gloria Fajardo became romantically involved with the Miami Sound Machine's band leader, Emilio Estefan, in 1976. She and Emiliio married on September 2, 1978. They have two children: Nayib (born September 2, 1980) and Emily (born December 5, 1994).

Estefan was raised primarily in Miami (though she accompanied her mother, father and younger sister, Becky, to several military bases in the 1960s during her father's military service). Estefan attended and graduated from the University of Miami, and is a prominent advocate for the university.

Miami Sound Machine

Estefan's first major public performance was at a large Cuban wedding when Emillio asked her to join the band to sing on stage, after which she received a standing ovation. A few weeks later, she became the lead singer for the Miami Sound Machine, which performed and recorded in Spanish in the early years of its existence. The Miami Sound Machine soon gained a large fan base and released an LP in 1976 with a local company. It was the first all-Spanish album from CBS International.

With Estefan on vocals, The Miami Sound Machine had its first English-language hit with "Dr. Beat," which topped the dance charts across Europe, from the album "Eyes of Innocence," in 1984. "Primitive Love" was released in 1985; "Conga," "Bad Boy," and "Words Get in the Way" were crossover hits. Her next album, 1988's Let It Loose went multi-platinum, with several million copies sold. "Let It Loose" had the following hits: "Anything For You" (#1 Pop), "1,2,3" (#3 Pop), "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You" (#5 Pop) and "Can't Stay Away From You" (#6 Pop and #1 Adult/Contemporary).

Unwrapped Series 2003 (Photo by Carlos Betancourt)

In 1988, Estefan took top billing as the band's name changed to Gloria Estefan and The Miami Sound Machine. Beginning in 1989, Estefan recorded as a solo artist for the first time. That year, she released her best selling album to date, "Cuts Both Ways" (which refers to Estefan's desire to appeal to both English and Spanish-speaking fans) with hits like "Don't Wanna Lose You" (a USA #1 hit), "Oye Mi Canto, "Here We Are," "Cuts Both Ways" (#1 in Australia) and "Get On Your Feet." "Cuts Both Ways" sold more than ten million copies worldwide, and reached number one in several countries.

1991 tour bus crash in Pennsylvania

While touring in support of "Cuts Both Ways," on March 20, 1990, near Scranton, Pennsylvania, a tractor trailer crashed into Estefan's tour bus, critically injuring her and breaking her back. Estefan was flown by helicopter to New York City, where surgeons permanently implanted two titanium rods to stabilize her spinal column. A grueling recovery took almost a year.

After extensive physical therapy, Estefan returned to the charts with a concept album, Into the Light, in 1991. The lead single "Coming Out Of The Dark," whose title was based on a phrase her husband, Emilio, hastily jotted on a piece of paper as a helicopter transported her for delicate surgery to repair her broken back, was a hit worldwide.

The "Into the Light World Tour" displayed the relentless energy, personal warmth, and crack musicianship that Estefan had developed through her old band, the Miami Sound Machine, and through her solo career. This tour covered 100 cities in nine countries and was seen by more than 10 million people worldwide.

The comeback

1993's Mi Tierra saw Estefan return to her Cuban roots with a Spanish-language album, for which she won a Grammy Award for Best Tropical Latin Album. "Mi Tierra" was a successful album worldwide, with over eight million copies sold. In Spain, Mi Tierra became the country's best selling international album ever.

The Classics Collection "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me", a cover album, was released in 1994. "Turn the Beat Around," the first single, a disco hit from the 1970s, became one of the most successful singles of the 1990s. "Everlasting Love" was a successful club and pop hit.

1995's Spanish-language album "Abriendo Puertas" earned Estefan her second Grammy Award for Best Tropical Latin Album. It spun off two #1 Dance hits, "Abriendo Puertas" and "Tres Deseos", and two #1 Latin singles, "Abriendo Puertas" and "Mas Alla." The Miami Herald called "Abriendo Puertas" "a danceable pan-Latin American fusion, brilliantly built on improbable instrumental combinations and layers of styles and rhythms." In 1995, Estefan sang the Billboard Latin #1 song "Mas Alla" for Pope John Paul II as part of the celebration of his 50th anniversary in the priesthood. She was the first pop star invited to perform for the Pope. At their meeting, Estefan, an anti-communist Catholic, asked the Pope to pray for a free Cuba. She has been an active opponent of Fidel Castro's government, and supported the unsuccesful effort to keep young Elian Gonzalez in the United States.

The Platinum album "Destiny", released in 1996, featured "Reach," the official theme of the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics. Estefan performed in the opening ceremony, in front of an audience of 2 billion people worldwide.

On tour with "Evolution"

On July 18, 1996, Estefan embarked on her "Evolution" world tour (her first tour in five years), which covered the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America, Australia, South Africa and Asia.

Estefan appeared in a movie, Music of the Heart (1999) and dueted with 'N Sync on the Billboard #1 and Academy Award Nominated "Music Of My Heart." She also released a Latin hit with the Brazilian group So Pra Contrariar called "Santo, Santo," sang with Luciano Pavarotti in "Pavarotti and Friends for Guatemala and Kosovo," released the benefit album "A Rosie Christmas," and sang with Stevie Wonder at Super Bowl XXXIII in Miami. Estefan is the only artist to perform twice at the Super Bowl.

In addition to her musical success, Estefan and her husband are successful entrepeneurs. Together, they own five business establishments in Florida: three Cuban-themed restaurants (Bongos) in Miami, Miami Beach and Orlando, and two hotels, The Palm Court Resort Hotel in Vero Beach and The Cardozo in Miami.

In addition to her five Grammys, Estefan has received a number of other prestigious awards. In May, 1993, she received the Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor, which is the highest award that can be given to a citizen who was born outside the United States. She won the Hispanic Heritage Award, an MTV Music Award, two cable television "ACE" awards and the 1993 National Music Foundation's Humanitarian of the Year award. The singer is the recipient of the American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement. She also has a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

Alma Carebena

Estefan's next album, 2000's Alma Caribeña won the first Latin Grammy for Best Music Video for No Me Dejes de Querer. The album reached number one in Spain, the United States and several South American countries. That year, she also won the American Music Awards, Award of Merit.

"Greatest Hits Vol. II" was released in 2001. It contained hits from 1993 to 2000, three new songs and a remix of her first hit Conga, now called Y - Tu - Conga. Greatest Hits -- Vol. II was a commercial disappointment, however, selling fewer than 200,000 copies, comparing unfavorably to 1992's original Greatest Hits CD, which sold 2.5 million copies.

Unwrapped

In 2003, Estefan released Unwrapped, her first English-language CD in five years. She also toured Europe, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the United States in a promotion tour. The CD's first video, for the single "Hoy/Wrapped," was shot in Machu Pichu, Peru. "Hoy" and the next single, "Tu Fotografia," were #1 on Billboard's Latin chart.

In April, 2004, Estefan appeared on the FOX television program, "American Idol", but she declined an offer to be an official judge because, she said publicly, she does not like to "judge" others.

On July 28, 2004, at the Trump Tower Building, in a press conference hosted by Donald Trump, Estefan announced that her then-upcoming tour would be her final one. The "Live and Re-Wrapped" Summer/Fall 2004 Tour, her first tour in eight years, produced by Clear Channel Entertainment, featured Estefan’s greatest hits, along with new material from her recent CD, "Unwrapped," in an explosive, multi-media concert production.

Estefan began the "Live & Re-wrapped Tour" in McAllen, Texas on July 30, 2004, and played in 28 cities. She finished her final concert tour in her home town of Miami on the weekend of October 9th and 10th, a finale in a sold-out American Airlines Arena that was delayed for two weeks by a hurricane.

Author

HarperCollins announced in December, 2004 that Estefan will publish her first book, in English and Spanish, on October 1, 2005. In early 2005, Estefan issued a statement that updated progress on her forthcoming children's book, which is complete. The "Magically Mysterious Adventures of Noelle the Bulldog" ("Las Magicas y Misteriosas Aventuras de Un Bulldog Llamado Noelle") is a picture book, in verse, aimed at beginning readers. The respective editions will have a new English or Spanish single CD composed and sung by Estefan. The entertainer will embark on a promotional book-signing tour in late 2005.

The first draft of the screenplay for the Connie Francis movie is complete. Casting and other preliminary pre-production work is anticipated in 2005.

In January 2005, Estefan performed "My Picture"' at a pre-inaugural concert attended by President George W. Bush that saluted the U.S. military.

After the Connie Francis movie is released, based on her public statements, it is anticipated that Estefan will focus on writing her autobiography.

Estefan is currently planning her next album, which is the last under her current contract with Epic Records. "I already have in mind what I want to do," she said, "but I usually wait at least a couple of years between albums." Her last studio album was 2003's "Unwrapped."

A Biography Channel profile estimated the Estefan's current net worth at 200 million dollars.

Estefan currently lives with her husband and daughter on Star Island in Miami, Florida.

Charity

In early 2005, Estefan participated in two charity concerts to aid the victims of the 2004 Asian tsunami. She sang "There's Always Tomorrow" on a live NBC broadcast, "Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope", with other superstar musical acts, that raised over $18 million dollars for the Red Cross International Response Fund. Estefan also raised $120,000 for tsunami relief efforts with her performance at a private benefit concert at financier Donald Trump's Mar-A-Largo resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

Discography

Releases with the Miami Sound Machine:

  • A toda maquina (1984)
  • Eyes of Innocence (1984)
  • Primitive Love (1986)
  • Let It Loose (1987)
  • Anything For You (Let It Loose UK Release) (1988)

Solo releases:

  • Cuts Both Ways (1989)
  • Into the Light (1991)
  • Greatest Hits of Gloria Estefan (1992)
  • Mi Tierra (1993)
  • Christmas Through Your Eyes (1993)
  • Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me (1994)
  • Destiny (1996)
  • gloria! (1998)
  • Greatest Hits, Vol. II (2001)
  • Unwrapped (2003)
  • Amor y Suerte (2004)

Filmography

  • Music Of The Heart (1999)
  • For Love Or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story (2000)

Videography

  • Homecoming Concert (1989 SMV)
  • Evolution (1990 SMV)
  • Coming Out Of The Dark (1991 SMV)
  • Into The Light World Tour (1992 SMV)
  • Everlasting Gloria! (1995 SMV)
  • The Evolution Tour. Live In Miami (1997 SMV)
  • Don't Stop (1998 SMV)
  • Que siga la tradición (2000 SMV)
  • Live In Atlantis (2001 SMV)
  • Live & Unwrapped (2003 SMV)

Tours

  • Conga Tour (1985 - 1986)
  • Let It Loose Tour (1987 - 1988)
  • Get On Your Feet Tour (1989 - 1990)
  • Into The Light World Tour (1991 - 1992)
  • Evolution World Tour (1996 - 1997)
  • Live & Re-wrapped Tour (2004)

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In early 2005, Estefan participated in two charity concerts to aid the victims of the 2004 Asian tsunami. The affair made her guard her private life even more jealously and she gave no interviews for several years after that. Estefan currently lives with her husband and daughter on Star Island in Miami, Florida. A Time Magazine cover story in 1968 led to a lawsuit from Ted White over allegations that he had roughed her up in public. A Biography Channel profile estimated the Estefan's current net worth at 200 million dollars. The marriage ended in 1969 and she has always refused to answer questions about it. "I already have in mind what I want to do," she said, "but I usually wait at least a couple of years between albums." Her last studio album was 2003's "Unwrapped.". She married Ted White in 1962 and he became her manager during her years with Columbia Records.

Estefan is currently planning her next album, which is the last under her current contract with Epic Records. Most critics dismiss her post-Atlantic material as far inferior to the legendary recordings of the mid to late sixties. After the Connie Francis movie is released, based on her public statements, it is anticipated that Estefan will focus on writing her autobiography. Her most notable 1980s hit was the dance song Freeway of Love, which charted in 1985. military. Despite working with artists of the stature of Curtis Mayfield, popularity and critical success waned during the mid to late 1970s and the 1980s, though she scored several hits, often with partners (such as Luther Vandross). Bush that saluted the U.S. Wexler had now left Atlantic and the partnership was over.

In January 2005, Estefan performed "My Picture"' at a pre-inaugural concert attended by President George W. She returned to working with Wexler, but her last Atlantic LP You was released in 1976. Casting and other preliminary pre-production work is anticipated in 2005. A partnership with Quincy Jones led to a disappointing album in 1973 You. But it still produced a standout track "Angel", written by her sister Carolyn which became a soul classic. The first draft of the screenplay for the Connie Francis movie is complete. In the early 1970s, her music mellowed slightly, though losing nothing of its power, and she continued the hugely successful relationship with Wexler and Mardin while beginning to take a greater role in producing her work. The entertainer will embark on a promotional book-signing tour in late 2005. After the R&B category was added to the Grammy Awards in 1968, she was virtually unchallenged, winning eight successive awards for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance; she later added three more Grammies in this category in the 1980s.

The respective editions will have a new English or Spanish single CD composed and sung by Estefan. Among her most successful hit singles from this era were "Chain of Fools", "You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman", "Think", "Baby I Love You", "The House That Jack Built", and "Respect", a cover of an Otis Redding single which became her signature song. The "Magically Mysterious Adventures of Noelle the Bulldog" ("Las Magicas y Misteriosas Aventuras de Un Bulldog Llamado Noelle") is a picture book, in verse, aimed at beginning readers. Surprisingly she never made it to number one in the UK pop charts - the best result being a number four with her version of Burt Bacharach's "I Say a Little Prayer" in 1968. In early 2005, Estefan issued a statement that updated progress on her forthcoming children's book, which is complete. She released numerous Top Ten hits in the late 1960s and early 1970s, dabbling in gospel music, blues music, pop music, psychedelic music and rock and roll, including notable covers of songs by The Beatles ("Eleanor Rigby"), The Band ("The Weight"), Simon & Garfunkel ("Bridge Over Troubled Water"), Sam Cooke and The Drifters. Live at Fillmore West and Amazing Grace were two of her most influential full-length releases, the latter a double LP of live gospel music recorded in a Los Angeles Baptist church. HarperCollins announced in December, 2004 that Estefan will publish her first book, in English and Spanish, on October 1, 2005. Franklin said herself of this period, "When I went to Atlantic, they just sat me down at the piano and the hits started coming.".

She finished her final concert tour in her home town of Miami on the weekend of October 9th and 10th, a finale in a sold-out American Airlines Arena that was delayed for two weeks by a hurricane. By the late 1960s, Franklin had earned the nickname "The Queen of Soul", having become an internationally famous artist and a symbol of pride for the African American community. Estefan began the "Live & Re-wrapped Tour" in McAllen, Texas on July 30, 2004, and played in 28 cities. After moving to Atlantic Records in 1967, Franklin teamed up with producers Jerry Wexler and Arif Mardin, resulting in some of the most influential R&B recordings of the 1960s, including "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)", a much more soulful and impassioned song than most of her earlier work. The "Live and Re-Wrapped" Summer/Fall 2004 Tour, her first tour in eight years, produced by Clear Channel Entertainment, featured Estefan’s greatest hits, along with new material from her recent CD, "Unwrapped," in an explosive, multi-media concert production. However her greatest and most innovative work was yet to come. On July 28, 2004, at the Trump Tower Building, in a press conference hosted by Donald Trump, Estefan announced that her then-upcoming tour would be her final one. In the early 1960s, Franklin had a few popular songs, most notably "Rock-a-bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody." However Columbia really wanted her as a jazz singer and the results never gave full rein to Franklin's talents.

In April, 2004, Estefan appeared on the FOX television program, "American Idol", but she declined an offer to be an official judge because, she said publicly, she does not like to "judge" others. She signed with Columbia Records after being discovered by legendary A&R man John Hammond. "Hoy" and the next single, "Tu Fotografia," were #1 on Billboard's Latin chart. As a child, Franklin and her sisters, Carolyn and Erma, sang at her father's Detroit-area church and made her first recordings at the age 12. The CD's first video, for the single "Hoy/Wrapped," was shot in Machu Pichu, Peru. On January 3, 1987 she became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2003, Estefan released Unwrapped, her first English-language CD in five years. She also toured Europe, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the United States in a promotion tour. Aretha Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is a gospel, soul and R&B singer born in Memphis, Tennessee.

II was a commercial disappointment, however, selling fewer than 200,000 copies, comparing unfavorably to 1992's original Greatest Hits CD, which sold 2.5 million copies. 2003 So Damn Happy. Greatest Hits -- Vol. 2002 Aretha's Best. It contained hits from 1993 to 2000, three new songs and a remix of her first hit Conga, now called Y - Tu - Conga. 1999 I Dreamed a Dream. II" was released in 2001. 1998 You Grow Closer.

"Greatest Hits Vol. 1998 A Rose Is Still A Rose. That year, she also won the American Music Awards, Award of Merit. 1995 Unforgettable: A Tribute to Dinah Washington. The album reached number one in Spain, the United States and several South American countries. 1991 What You See Is What You Sweat. Estefan's next album, 2000's Alma Caribeña won the first Latin Grammy for Best Music Video for No Me Dejes de Querer. 1989 Through the Storm.

She also has a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. 1987 One Faith, One Lord, One Baptism. The singer is the recipient of the American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement. 1986 Aretha. She won the Hispanic Heritage Award, an MTV Music Award, two cable television "ACE" awards and the 1993 National Music Foundation's Humanitarian of the Year award. 1986 Soul Survivor. In May, 1993, she received the Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor, which is the highest award that can be given to a citizen who was born outside the United States. 1985 Who's Zoomin' Who?.

In addition to her five Grammys, Estefan has received a number of other prestigious awards. 1985 First Lady of Soul. Together, they own five business establishments in Florida: three Cuban-themed restaurants (Bongos) in Miami, Miami Beach and Orlando, and two hotels, The Palm Court Resort Hotel in Vero Beach and The Cardozo in Miami. 1984 Aretha's Jazz. In addition to her musical success, Estefan and her husband are successful entrepeneurs. 1984 Never Grow Old. Estefan is the only artist to perform twice at the Super Bowl. 1983 Get It Right.

Estefan appeared in a movie, Music of the Heart (1999) and dueted with 'N Sync on the Billboard #1 and Academy Award Nominated "Music Of My Heart." She also released a Latin hit with the Brazilian group So Pra Contrariar called "Santo, Santo," sang with Luciano Pavarotti in "Pavarotti and Friends for Guatemala and Kosovo," released the benefit album "A Rosie Christmas," and sang with Stevie Wonder at Super Bowl XXXIII in Miami. 1982 Jump To It. On July 18, 1996, Estefan embarked on her "Evolution" world tour (her first tour in five years), which covered the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America, Australia, South Africa and Asia. 1981 Love All the Hurt Away. Estefan performed in the opening ceremony, in front of an audience of 2 billion people worldwide. 1980 Aretha Sings the Blues. The Platinum album "Destiny", released in 1996, featured "Reach," the official theme of the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics. 1980 Aretha.

She has been an active opponent of Fidel Castro's government, and supported the unsuccesful effort to keep young Elian Gonzalez in the United States. 1979 La Diva. At their meeting, Estefan, an anti-communist Catholic, asked the Pope to pray for a free Cuba. 1978 Almighty Fire. She was the first pop star invited to perform for the Pope. 1977 Most Beautiful Songs. It spun off two #1 Dance hits, "Abriendo Puertas" and "Tres Deseos", and two #1 Latin singles, "Abriendo Puertas" and "Mas Alla." The Miami Herald called "Abriendo Puertas" "a danceable pan-Latin American fusion, brilliantly built on improbable instrumental combinations and layers of styles and rhythms." In 1995, Estefan sang the Billboard Latin #1 song "Mas Alla" for Pope John Paul II as part of the celebration of his 50th anniversary in the priesthood. 1977 Sweet Passion.

1995's Spanish-language album "Abriendo Puertas" earned Estefan her second Grammy Award for Best Tropical Latin Album. 1977 Satisfaction. "Everlasting Love" was a successful club and pop hit. 1976 Sparkle. "Turn the Beat Around," the first single, a disco hit from the 1970s, became one of the most successful singles of the 1990s. 1975 Two Originals. The Classics Collection "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me", a cover album, was released in 1994. 1975 You.

In Spain, Mi Tierra became the country's best selling international album ever. 1974 Let Me in Your Life. "Mi Tierra" was a successful album worldwide, with over eight million copies sold. 1974 With Everything I Feel in Me. 1993's Mi Tierra saw Estefan return to her Cuban roots with a Spanish-language album, for which she won a Grammy Award for Best Tropical Latin Album. 1973 Hey Now Hey (The Other Side of the Sky). This tour covered 100 cities in nine countries and was seen by more than 10 million people worldwide. 1972 Amazing Grace.

The "Into the Light World Tour" displayed the relentless energy, personal warmth, and crack musicianship that Estefan had developed through her old band, the Miami Sound Machine, and through her solo career. 1971 Young, Gifted & Black. The lead single "Coming Out Of The Dark," whose title was based on a phrase her husband, Emilio, hastily jotted on a piece of paper as a helicopter transported her for delicate surgery to repair her broken back, was a hit worldwide. 1971 Aretha Live at the Fillmore West. After extensive physical therapy, Estefan returned to the charts with a concept album, Into the Light, in 1991. 1970 Spirit in the Dark. A grueling recovery took almost a year. 1970 Sweet Bitter Love.

Estefan was flown by helicopter to New York City, where surgeons permanently implanted two titanium rods to stabilize her spinal column. 1970 Don't Play That Song. While touring in support of "Cuts Both Ways," on March 20, 1990, near Scranton, Pennsylvania, a tractor trailer crashed into Estefan's tour bus, critically injuring her and breaking her back. 1970 The Girl's In Love with You. That year, she released her best selling album to date, "Cuts Both Ways" (which refers to Estefan's desire to appeal to both English and Spanish-speaking fans) with hits like "Don't Wanna Lose You" (a USA #1 hit), "Oye Mi Canto, "Here We Are," "Cuts Both Ways" (#1 in Australia) and "Get On Your Feet." "Cuts Both Ways" sold more than ten million copies worldwide, and reached number one in several countries. 1969 Soul '69. Beginning in 1989, Estefan recorded as a solo artist for the first time. 1969 I Say a Little Prayer.

In 1988, Estefan took top billing as the band's name changed to Gloria Estefan and The Miami Sound Machine. 1969 Aretha Franklin: Live!. "Let It Loose" had the following hits: "Anything For You" (#1 Pop), "1,2,3" (#3 Pop), "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You" (#5 Pop) and "Can't Stay Away From You" (#6 Pop and #1 Adult/Contemporary). 1968 Aretha in Paris. Her next album, 1988's Let It Loose went multi-platinum, with several million copies sold. 1968 Aretha Now. "Primitive Love" was released in 1985; "Conga," "Bad Boy," and "Words Get in the Way" were crossover hits. 1968 Lady Soul.

Beat," which topped the dance charts across Europe, from the album "Eyes of Innocence," in 1984. 1967 Lee Cross. With Estefan on vocals, The Miami Sound Machine had its first English-language hit with "Dr. 1967 Take It Like You Give It. It was the first all-Spanish album from CBS International. 1967 Aretha Arrives. The Miami Sound Machine soon gained a large fan base and released an LP in 1976 with a local company. 1967 I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You).

A few weeks later, she became the lead singer for the Miami Sound Machine, which performed and recorded in Spanish in the early years of its existence. 1965 Once in a Lifetime. Estefan's first major public performance was at a large Cuban wedding when Emillio asked her to join the band to sing on stage, after which she received a standing ovation. 1963 Laughing on the Outside. Estefan attended and graduated from the University of Miami, and is a prominent advocate for the university. 1962 The Tender, The Moving, The Swinging Aretha Franklin. Estefan was raised primarily in Miami (though she accompanied her mother, father and younger sister, Becky, to several military bases in the 1960s during her father's military service). 1962 The Electrifying Aretha Franklin.

They have two children: Nayib (born September 2, 1980) and Emily (born December 5, 1994). 1956 The Gospel Soul of Aretha Franklin. She and Emiliio married on September 2, 1978. Gloria Fajardo became romantically involved with the Miami Sound Machine's band leader, Emilio Estefan, in 1976. He died in 1980.

He contracted multiple sclerosis, and was nursed by a young Estefan for many years. Estefan's father also served as an officer in the United States Army in Vietnam, where he is suspected of having been poisoned by Agent Orange, a defoliant used extensively during the Vietnam war. Her father was held as a prisoner until an exchange was arranged by then-President John F. Kennedy. Estefan's father, Jose Fajardo, was captured in the ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion that failed to overthrow the new communist government established by Fidel Castro.

Cuban-born, Estefan's family moved to Miami, Florida when she was two years old, following the Cuban Revolution in 1959. Francis' life. pop singer whose peak commercial success was in the late 1950s and early 1960s, in an as yet untitled film based on Ms. She is slated to star as Connie Francis, a U.S.

In addition to her music career, Estefan has appeared in two movies, "Music of the Heart" (1999) and "For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story" (2000). Billions have heard her, millions have seen her perform -- and with over 70 million albums sold worldwide, she is the single most successful crossover performer in Latin music history. Known as the "Queen of Latin Pop," Estefan is one of the most recognized music artists in the world. Gloria Estefan (birth name Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo, born September 1, 1957 in Havana, Cuba), is a five-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, who began her career as lead vocalist for the then exclusively Spanish-language band, Miami Sound Machine, in 1975, and crossed over to mainstream popular success with English-speaking audiences with the international hit single, "Conga," in 1985.

Live & Re-wrapped Tour (2004). Evolution World Tour (1996 - 1997). Into The Light World Tour (1991 - 1992). Get On Your Feet Tour (1989 - 1990).

Let It Loose Tour (1987 - 1988). Conga Tour (1985 - 1986). Live & Unwrapped (2003 SMV). Live In Atlantis (2001 SMV).

Que siga la tradición (2000 SMV). Don't Stop (1998 SMV). Live In Miami (1997 SMV). The Evolution Tour.

Everlasting Gloria! (1995 SMV). Into The Light World Tour (1992 SMV). Coming Out Of The Dark (1991 SMV). Evolution (1990 SMV).

Homecoming Concert (1989 SMV). For Love Or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story (2000). Music Of The Heart (1999). Amor y Suerte (2004).

Unwrapped (2003). II (2001). Greatest Hits, Vol. gloria! (1998).

Destiny (1996). Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me (1994). Christmas Through Your Eyes (1993). Mi Tierra (1993).

Greatest Hits of Gloria Estefan (1992). Into the Light (1991). Cuts Both Ways (1989). Anything For You (Let It Loose UK Release) (1988).

Let It Loose (1987). Primitive Love (1986). Eyes of Innocence (1984). A toda maquina (1984).

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