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 January 2005, Estefan performed "My Picture"' at a pre-inaugural concert attended by President George W. Shortly afterwards, Gainsbourg bought the original manuscript of La Marseillaise. Casting and other preliminary pre-production work is anticipated in 2005. This song earned him death threats from right wing veterans of the Algerian War of Independence. The first draft of the screenplay for the Connie Francis movie is complete. In 1978 he recorded a reggae version of the French national anthem "La Marseillaise", "Aux Armes et cetera" in Jamaica, with Bob Marley's band, The Wailers. The entertainer will embark on a promotional book-signing tour in late 2005. Next year saw the release of another major work L'Homme à la Tête de Chou (Cabbage-Head Man) featuring Marilou as a new character and somptuous orchestral themes.

The respective editions will have a new English or Spanish single CD composed and sung by Estefan. Serge had worn the yellow star as a child in Paris. 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. In 1975, he released the album Rock Around the Bunker the only rock album entirely written on the subject of the Nazis, recalling with black humour of how he and his family suffered during World War II. In early 2005, Estefan issued a statement that updated progress on her forthcoming children's book, which is complete. It has proven exceptionally influential with artists such as Air, David Holmes and Beck. HarperCollins announced in December, 2004 that Estefan will publish her first book, in English and Spanish, on October 1, 2005. This concept-album arranged by Jean-Claude Vannier was mainly based on Nabokov's novel Lolita.

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. His most influential work Histoire de Melody Nelson was released in 1971. Estefan began the "Live & Re-wrapped Tour" in McAllen, Texas on July 30, 2004, and played in 28 cities. 1 in the UK chart. 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. Its notoriety led to it reaching no. 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. Considered too "hot", the song was censored in various countries and in France even the toned-down version was suppressed.

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. Originally recorded with Brigitte Bardot, it was released with a different female singer, future girlfriend Jane Birkin, when Bardot backed out. "Hoy" and the next single, "Tu Fotografia," were #1 on Billboard's Latin chart. moi non plus, was vocally very erotic. The CD's first video, for the single "Hoy/Wrapped," was shot in Machu Pichu, Peru. His most famous song, Je t'aime.. 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. moi non plus, Equateur, Charlotte For Ever and Stan The Flasher.

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. He directed himself four movies : Je t'aime.. Greatest Hits -- Vol. During his career, he wrote the soundtracks for more than 40 movies. It contained hits from 1993 to 2000, three new songs and a remix of her first hit Conga, now called Y - Tu - Conga. Gainsbourg wanted to break free from old-fashioned chanson and explore new musical grounds, influenced by British and American pop. II" was released in 2001. His early songs were influenced by Boris Vian.

"Greatest Hits Vol. He had a daughter, Charlotte, with Jane Birkin; and a son, Lulu, with his last partner Bambou (Pauline Von Paulus). That year, she also won the American Music Awards, Award of Merit. He was born in Paris, France the son of Jewish Russian parents. The album reached number one in Spain, the United States and several South American countries. Serge Gainsbourg, born Lucien Ginzburg, (April 2, 1928 - March 2, 1991) was a poet, singer-songwriter, actor and director. Estefan's next album, 2000's Alma Caribeña won the first Latin Grammy for Best Music Video for No Me Dejes de Querer. Les Incorruptibles.

She also has a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. La Gadoue. The singer is the recipient of the American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement. La Javanaise. 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. Couleur Café. 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. Bonnie and Clyde.

In addition to her five Grammys, Estefan has received a number of other prestigious awards. moi non plus. 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. Je t'aime.. In addition to her musical success, Estefan and her husband are successful entrepeneurs. Lemon Incest. Estefan is the only artist to perform twice at the Super Bowl. Les Sucettes.

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. Poupée de cire, poupée de son. 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. Aux armes et caetera. Estefan performed in the opening ceremony, in front of an audience of 2 billion people worldwide. 2001 : Le Cinéma de Gainsbourg (Box Set). The Platinum album "Destiny", released in 1996, featured "Reach," the official theme of the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics. 2001 : Gainsbourg Forever (Integral Box Set).

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. 1989 : De Gainsbourg à Gainsbarre (Box Set). At their meeting, Estefan, an anti-communist Catholic, asked the Pope to pray for a free Cuba. 1988 : Le Zénith de Gainsbourg. She was the first pop star invited to perform for the Pope. 1987 : You're under arrest. 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. 1985 : Serge Gainsbourg live (Casino de Paris).

1995's Spanish-language album "Abriendo Puertas" earned Estefan her second Grammy Award for Best Tropical Latin Album. 1984 : Love on the beat. "Everlasting Love" was a successful club and pop hit. 1981 : Mauvaises nouvelles des étoiles. "Turn the Beat Around," the first single, a disco hit from the 1970s, became one of the most successful singles of the 1990s. 1980 : Enregistrement public au Théâtre Le Palace. The Classics Collection "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me", a cover album, was released in 1994. 1979 : Aux armes et cætera.

In Spain, Mi Tierra became the country's best selling international album ever. 1976 : L'homme à tête de chou. "Mi Tierra" was a successful album worldwide, with over eight million copies sold. 1975 : Rock around the bunker. 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. 1974 : Vu de l'extérieur. This tour covered 100 cities in nine countries and was seen by more than 10 million people worldwide. 1971 : Histoire de Melody Nelson.

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. 1969 : Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg. 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. 1968 : Gainsbourg & Brigitte Bardot : Initials B.B.. After extensive physical therapy, Estefan returned to the charts with a concept album, Into the Light, in 1991. 1967 : Gainsbourg & Brigitte Bardot : Bonnie & Clyde. A grueling recovery took almost a year. 1967 : Anna.

Estefan was flown by helicopter to New York City, where surgeons permanently implanted two titanium rods to stabilize her spinal column. 1964 : Gainsbourg Percussions. 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. 1963 : Gainsbourg Confidentiel. 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. 1962 : Disque N°4. Beginning in 1989, Estefan recorded as a solo artist for the first time. 1961 : L'étonnant Serge Gainsbourg.

In 1988, Estefan took top billing as the band's name changed to Gloria Estefan and The Miami Sound Machine. 1959 : Disque N°2. "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). 1958 : Du chant à la une. Her next album, 1988's Let It Loose went multi-platinum, with several million copies sold. He once burned a 500 French franc bill on TV to protest heavy taxation. "Primitive Love" was released in 1985; "Conga," "Bad Boy," and "Words Get in the Way" were crossover hits. Towards the end of his life, Gainsbourg used to show up drunk and unshaven on stage.

Beat," which topped the dance charts across Europe, from the album "Eyes of Innocence," in 1984. Bob Marley was furious when he discovered Gainsbourg made Rita Marley sing erotic lyrics. With Estefan on vocals, The Miami Sound Machine had its first English-language hit with "Dr. Controversy surrounding "Je t'aime Moi non plus". It was the first all-Spanish album from CBS International. The controrversial video featuring a half-naked Gainsbourg and daughter Charlotte for the song "Lemon Incest.". The Miami Sound Machine soon gained a large fan base and released an LP in 1976 with a local company. France Gall was horrified to discover the sexual double-meaning of the lyrics to "Les Sucettes".

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. "Poupée de cire, poupée de son" for the Eurovision Song Contest. 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. "Aux Armes et cetera ..." caused anger among veterans of the war in Algeria, resulting in several death-threats. Estefan attended and graduated from the University of Miami, and is a prominent advocate for the university. 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).

They have two children: Nayib (born September 2, 1980) and Emily (born December 5, 1994). 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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