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Celia Cruz

Backlit photo which stands in Celia Cruz Plaza
in Union City, New Jersey.
Background information
Birth name Úrsula Hilaria Celia Caridad Cruz Alfonso
Born October 21, 1925 Flag of Cuba Havana, Cuba
Died July 16, 2003 (aged 77)
State flag Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA
Genre(s) Salsa
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1948 – 2003
Associated
acts
Sonora Matancera, Fania All-Stars
Website CeliaCruzOnline.com

Celia Cruz (October 21, 1925July 16, 2003) was a three-time Grammy Award and four-time Latin Grammy winning Afro-Cuban-American salsa singer who spent most of her career living in New Jersey, and working in the United States and several Latin American countries. Cruz was one of the most successful Cuban performers of the 20th century, with twenty-three gold albums to her name and has earned the moniker "La guarachera de Cuba". Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1140x841, 161 KB)Backlit photo of Celia Cruz, which stands in Celia Cruz Plaza in Union City, New Jersey. ... Meaning to illuminate from behind or beneath, the term is often used when describing a function found in many electronic products (such as audio equipment, pdas, and handheld gaming systems) that allows information on the units screen to be seen under darkened or poorly lit viewing conditions. ... Spectators viewing the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks from across the Hudson River, in the terrace courtyard of the Union City Boxing Club. ... is the 294th day of the year (295th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Cuba. ... Nickname: (Spanish) City of Columns Position of Havana in the Americas Coordinates: , Country  Cuba Province Ciudad de La Habana Municipalities 15 Founded 1515a Government  - Mayor Juan Contino Aslán Area  - City 721. ... is the 197th day of the year (198th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_New_Jersey. ... Map highlighting Fort Lees location within Bergen County. ... Official language(s) English de facto Capital Trenton Largest city Newark Area  Ranked 47th  - Total 8,729 sq mi (22,608 km²)  - Width 70 miles (110 km)  - Length 150 miles (240 km)  - % water 14. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Salsa music is a diverse and predominantly Spanish Caribbean genre that is popular across Latin America and among Latinos. ... A singer is a musician who uses their voice to produce music. ... La Sonora Matancera in 1937 Sonora Matancera is a long-time band. ... Fania All Stars Logo The Fania All-Stars was an illustrious and widely distinguished musical ensemble established in 1968 by composer Johnny Pacheco as a showcase for the leading musicians and singers of the record label Fania Records, the leading salsa record company of the time. ... is the 294th day of the year (295th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 197th day of the year (198th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... Cuban boys playing in Trinidad, Cuba The term Afro-Cuban refers to Cubans of African ancestry, and to historical or cultural elements in Cuba thought to emanate from this community. ... Salsa music is a diverse and predominantly Spanish Caribbean genre that is popular across Latin America and among Latinos. ... Official language(s) English de facto Capital Trenton Largest city Newark Area  Ranked 47th  - Total 8,729 sq mi (22,608 km²)  - Width 70 miles (110 km)  - Length 150 miles (240 km)  - % water 14. ... Latin America consists of the countries of South America and some of North America (including Central America and some the islands of the Caribbean) whose inhabitants mostly speak Romance languages, although Native American languages are also spoken. ...


Leila Cobo of Billboard Magazine once said "Cruz is indisputably the best-known and most influential female figure in the history of Afro-Cuban music." Celia once said in an interview "If I had a chance I wouldn't have been singing and dancing, I would be a teacher just like my dad wanted me to be". Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... The Caribbean island of Cuba has been influential in the development of multiple musical styles in the 19th and 20th centuries. ...

Contents

Early life and career

Celia Cruz was born Úrsula Hilaria Celia Caridad Cruz Alfonso in the Santos Suárez neighborhood of Havana, Cuba. Her parents were Catalina Alfonso and Simón Cruz. When she was a teenager, her aunt took her and her cousin to cabarets to sing, but her father encouraged her to keep attending school, in hopes that she would become a Spanish language teacher. However, one of her teachers told her that as an entertainer she could earn in one day what most Cuban teachers earned in a month. Cruz began singing in talent contests (in her first one, at the Havana radio station Radio Garcia-Serra's popular "Hora del Te" daily broadcast, she sang the tango "Nostalgias", and won a cake as first place) often winning cakes and also opportunities to participate in more contests. Her first recordings were made in 1948 in Venezuela. Before that, Celia had recorded for radio stations. This article is about the Cuban city. ... Cabaret is a form of entertainment featuring comedy, song, dance, and theatre, distinguished mainly by the performance venue — a restaurant or nightclub with a stage for performances and the audience sitting around the tables (often dining or drinking) watching the performance. ... This article is about the international language known as Spanish. ...


In 1950, she made her first major breakthrough, after the lead singer of the Sonora Matancera, a renowned Cuban orchestra, left the group and Cruz was called to fill in. Hired permanently by the orchestra, she wasn't well accepted by the public at first. However, the orchestra stood by their decision, and soon Cruz became famous throughout Cuba. During the 15 years she was a member, the band travelled all over Latin America, becoming known as "Café Con Leche" (coffee with milk). Cruz became known for her trademark shout "¡Azúcar!", ("Sugar!" in Spanish). The catch phrase started as the punch line for a joke Cruz used to tell frequently at her concerts. Once, she ordered cafe cubano (Cuban coffee) in a resturtant in Miami. The waiter asked her if she'd like sugar, and she replied that, since he was Cuban, he should know that you can't drink Cuban coffee without it! After having told the joke so many times, Cruz eventually dropped the joke and greeted her audience at the start of her appearances with the punch line alone. In her later years, she would use the punch line a few times, to later say: "No les digo más 'Azúcar', pa' que no les dé diabetes!" ("I won't say 'Sugar' anymore, so that you don't end up with diabetes!") La Sonora Matancera in 1937 Sonora Matancera is a long-time band. ... A catch phrase is a phrase or expression that is popularized, usually through repeated use, by a real person or fictional character. ... A punch line is the final part of a joke, usually the word, sentence or exchange of sentences which is intended to be funny and to provoke laughter from listeners. ... This article is about the disease that features high blood sugar. ...


Career in the United States

In 1960, in the aftermath of the Cuban Revolution, Cruz moved to the United States. In 1961, she and her orchestra began performing at the Palladium Ballroom in New York City. The next year, she married her lead trumpeter, Pedro Knight. In 1965, Cruz and her husband left the orchestra. Her solo career advanced, while Knight's career languished, and eventually, he became her manager. She was by then a US citizen and was never given permission to return to Cuba (she did play at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base once). The Cuban Revolution refers to the revolution that led to the overthrow of General Fulgencio Batistas regime on January 1, 1959 by the 26th of July Movement and other revolutionary elements in the country. ... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Palladium Ballroom was a second-floor dancehall on 53rd and Broadway in New York City which became famous for its excellent Latin music. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Pedro Knight (born 1921) is an accomplished Cuban musician who is better known for being the husband of legendary singer Celia Cruz. ... , For other titular locales, see Guantánamo (disambiguation). ...


In 1966, Cruz and Tito Puente began an association that would lead to eight albums for Tico Records. The albums were not as successful as expected, however, and Cruz later joined the Vaya Records label. There, she joined accomplished pianist Larry Harlow and was soon headlining a concert at New York's Carnegie Hall. Tito Puente Ernesto Antonio Puente Jr. ... Larry Harlow (b. ... “NY” redirects here. ... Carnegie Hall is a concert venue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City located at 881 Seventh Avenue, occupying the east stretch of Seventh Avenue between West 56th Street and West 57th Street. ...


Her 1974 album, with Johnny Pacheco, Celia y Johnny, was very successful, and Cruz soon found herself in a group named the Fania All Stars, which was an ensemble of salsa musicians from every orchestra signed by the Fania label (owner of Vaya Records). With the Fania All Stars, Celia had the opportunity of visiting England, France, Zaire, and to return to tour Latin America. In the late 1970s, she participated in an Eastern Air Lines commercial in Puerto Rico, singing the catchy phrase ¡Esto sí es volar! (This really is flying!!!). Johnny Pacheco, Born March 25, 1935 in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. ... Fania All-Stars was a salsa group established in 1968 by Johnny Pacheco as a showcase for the leading musicians and singers of the record label Fania Records, the leading salsa record company of the time. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem specific to England — the United Kingdom anthem is God Save the Queen. ... Eastern Air Lines was a major United States airline that existed from the late 1920s until 1991. ...

Celia Cruz and Johnny Pacheco (1970s)

During the 1980s, Cruz made many tours in Latin America and Europe, doing multiple concerts and television shows wherever she went, and singing both with younger stars and stars of her own era. She began a crossover of sorts, when she participated in the 1988 Hollywood production of Salsa, alongside Draco Cornelio Rosa. Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Johnny Pacheco, Born March 25, 1935 in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... ... Robi Draco Rosa Biography Born Robert Edward Rosa Suarez on June 27, 1973, Long Island, New York, Robi Rosa is a multi-talented artist from Ponce, Puerto Rico. ...


In 1990, Cruz won a Grammy Award for Best Tropical Latin Performance - Ray Barretto & Celia Cruz - Ritmo en el Corazon. She later recorded an anniversary album with la Sonora Matancera. In 1992, she starred with Armand Assante and Antonio Banderas in the film The Mambo Kings. In 1994, President Bill Clinton awarded Cruz the National Medal of Arts. In 2001, she recorded a new album, on which Johnny Pacheco was one of the producers. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Grammy Award for Best Traditional Tropical Latin Album has been awarded since 1984. ... Ray Barretto a. ... La Sonora Matancera in 1937 Sonora Matancera is a long-time band. ... Armand Anthony Assante Jr. ... José Antonio Domínguez Banderas (born August 10, 1960), better known as Antonio Banderas, is a Spanish film actor and singer who has starred in several high-profile Hollywood films including Ballistic: Ecks vs. ... The Mambo Kings movie poster The Mambo Kings is a 1992 film starring Antonio Banderas and Armand Assante and directed by Arne Glimcher based on the novel by Oscar Hijuelos. ... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III[1] on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ... The National Medal of Arts is an award and title bestowed on selected honorees by the National Endowment for the Arts. ...


In early 2003, she had surgery to correct knee problems that she had for a few years, and she intended to continue working indefinitely. However, in July of that year, she died of a cancerous brain tumor at her home in Fort Lee, New Jersey. She was survived by her husband; they had no children. After her death in New Jersey, her body was taken to Miami to lay in state in downtown Miami's Freedom Tower, so her South Florida fans could pay their final respects. Her body was returned to New York City where tens of thousands fans paid tribute to her at the Funeral Home. A service was held for her in St. Patrick's Cathedral on Fifth Avenue. She was buried at the Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx; an epilogue in her autobiography notes that, in accordance with her wishes, Cuban soil that she had saved from a visit to Guantánamo Bay was used in her burial. Cancer is a class of diseases or disorders characterized by uncontrolled division of cells and the ability of these to spread, either by direct growth into adjacent tissue through invasion, or by implantation into distant sites by metastasis (where cancer cells are transported through the bloodstream or lymphatic system). ... A brain tumor is any intracranial tumor created by abnormal and uncontrolled cell division, normally either in the brain itself (neurons, glial cells (astrocytes, oligodendrocytes, ependymal cells), lymphatic tissue, blood vessels), in the cranial nerves (myelin-producing Schwann cells), in the brain envelopes (meninges), skull, pituitary and pineal gland, or... Map highlighting Fort Lees location within Bergen County. ... Lying-in-state is the term used during a major funeral procession when the coffin is placed on public view to allow members of the public to pay their respects to the deceased. ... Downtown Miami, is the central business district of Miami-Dade County and Miami, Florida. ... Freedom Tower The Freedom Tower is a building in Miami, Florida, that serves as a memorial to Cuban immigration to the United States. ... St. ... Located in The Bronx, Woodlawn Cemetery is one of the largest cemeteries in New York City. ... For other uses, see Bronx (disambiguation). ... Loess field in Germany Surface-water-gley developed in glacial till, Northern Ireland Technically, soil forms the pedosphere: the interface between the lithosphere (rocky part of the planet) and the biosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere. ... Map of Cuba with location of Guantánamo Bay indicated. ...


Posthumous career achievements and tributes

Celia Cruz Plaza in Union City, New Jersey.
Celia Cruz Plaza in Union City, New Jersey.

In February 2004, her latest album Regalo del Alma, won a posthumous award at the Premios Lo Nuestro for best Salsa release of the year. It was announced in December 2005 that a musical called "Assuca" would open in Tenerife before touring the world. The name comes from Cruz's well-known catch phrase of "¡Azúcar!". Image File history File linksMetadata CruzParkDay. ... Image File history File linksMetadata CruzParkDay. ... Premios Lo Nuestro is a Spanish language music awards television program presented by Spanish language US television network Univision. ... Flag of Tenerife Tenerife in the Canary Islands chain. ...


On June 4, 2003, the town of Union City, New Jersey, which lies not far from Cruz's Fort Lee home (and which once boasted the second-highest Cuban population after Miami), heralded its annual Cuban Day Parade by dedicating its new Celia Cruz Park at 31st Street and Bergenline Avenue, with Cruz's husband, Pedro Knight, present. The park featured a sidewalk star in Cruz's honor, and an 8' x 10' mural by Union City's Edgardo Davila, a collage of Cruz's career throughout the decades. There are four other similar dedications to Cruz around the world.[1] Stars were later added to the park in honor of Tito Puente, Spanish language television news anchor Rafael Pineda, salsa pioneer Johnny Pacheco, and Benny More. The park was again refurbished by the Latin American Kiwanis Club in early June 2006. The mural was replaced with a backlit photograph of Cruz, and four more stars were added in honor of merengue singer Joseíto Mateo, salsa singer La India, Cuban musician Israel "Cachao" Lopez, and Cuban tenor Beny Moré. June 4 is the 155th day of the year (156th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Spectators viewing the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks from across the Hudson River, in the terrace courtyard of the Union City Boxing Club. ... For other uses, see Miami (disambiguation). ... Facing north at 32nd Street in Union City. ... Pedro Knight (born 1921) is an accomplished Cuban musician who is better known for being the husband of legendary singer Celia Cruz. ... Tito Puente Ernesto Antonio Puente Jr. ... Television news refers to the practice of disseminating current events via the media of television. ... Rafael Pineda is a television news anchor for the Spanish language station WXTV the Univision affilliate in New York City. ... Johnny Pacheco, Born March 25, 1935 in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. ... Benny Moré (August 24, 1919 – February 19, 1963) is considered by many fans of Cuban music the greatest Cuban singer of all time. ... Meaning to illuminate from behind or beneath, the term is often used when describing a function found in many electronic products (such as audio equipment, pdas, and handheld gaming systems) that allows information on the units screen to be seen under darkened or poorly lit viewing conditions. ... Merengue is a type of lively, joyful music and dance that comes from the Dominican Republic. ... La India (born Linda Viera Caballero on March 9, 1970 in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico) is a noted singer of salsa also known as the Princess of Salsa. La India Lindas parents decided to move to New York soon after her birth. ... Israel Cachao López (born 1918 in Havana, Cuba), often known just as Cachao (pronounced kuh-CHOW) was a Cuban mambo musician and composer, who helped bring mambo music to popularity in the United States of America in the early 1950s. ... A tenor is a singer with a voice range from approximately C3 (one octave below middle C) to A4 (above middle C) in choral music, or to tenor C (C5, one octave above middle C) or higher in operatic music (see voice type). ... Benny Moré (August 24, 1919 – February 19, 1963) is considered by many fans of Cuban music the greatest Cuban singer of all time. ...


Shortly after her death, the Bronx High School of Music was renamed the Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music just weeks before its September 2003 opening Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music is the first of its kind in the Bronx, New York. ...


On May 18, 2005, the National Museum of American History, administered by the Smithsonian Institution and located in Washington, D.C., opened "¡Azúcar!", an exhibit celebrating the life and music of Celia Cruz. The exhibit highlights important moments in Cruz's life and career through photographs, personal documents, costumes, videos, and music. is the 138th day of the year (139th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The National Museum of American History is a museum administered by the Smithsonian Institution and located in Washington, D.C., on the National Mall. ... The Smithsonian Institution Building or Castle on the National Mall serves as the Institutions headquarters. ... Nickname: Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Location of Washington, D.C., in relation to the states Maryland and Virginia Coordinates: , Country United States Federal District District of Columbia Government  - Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D)  - D.C. Council Chairperson: Vincent C. Gray (D) Ward 1: Jim Graham (D) Ward 2...


Oye, Celia!: A Song for Celia Cruz is a children's picture book tribute to Cruz, written by Katie Sciurba and illustrated by Edel Rodriguez. This book, published by Henry Holt & Company, was released in the United States on March 29, 2007.


Celia, a musical based on her life and starring Xiomara Laugart, is scheduled to open off-Broadway at New World Stages on September 12, 2007. The musical is particularly notable in that it will be performed bi-lingually, with two performances a week in English, and six in Spanish. Xiomara Laugart is a New York based Cuban singer. ... Off-Broadway plays or musicals are performed in New York City in smaller theatres than Broadway, but larger than Off-Off-Broadway, productions. ...


Discography

Graffiti depiction of Cruz in Spanish Harlem by James De La Vega
  • 2006 Homenaje a Beny More
  • 2006 Celia & Johnny
  • 2004 Dios Disfrute a la Reina [2004]
  • 2003 Son Boleros, Boleros Son
  • 2003 Reina de la Musica Cubana
  • 2003 Regalo del Alma
  • 2003 Mas Grande Historia Jamas Cantada
  • 2003 Estrellas de la Sonora Matancera
  • 2003 Celia in the House: Classic Hits Remixed
  • 2003 Carnaval de la Vida
  • 2003 Candela Pura
  • 2002 Unrepeatable
  • 2002 Negra Tiene Tumba'o [Bonus Track]
  • 2002 Hits Mix
  • 2001 Siempre Vivire [Bonus Track]
  • 2001 Negra Tiene Tumba'o
  • 2000 Siempre Vivire
  • 2000 Salsa
  • 2000 Habanera
  • 2000 Celia Cruz and Friends: A Night of Salsa
  • 1999 En Vivo Radio Progreso, Vol. 3
  • 1999 En Vivo Radio Progreso, Vol. 2
  • 1999 En Vivo Radio Progreso, Vol. 1
  • 1999 En Vivo C.M.Q., Vol. 5
  • 1999 En Vivo C.M.Q., Vol. 4
  • 1998 Mi Vida Es Cantar
  • 1998 Afro-Cubana
  • 1997 Tambien Boleros
  • 1997 Duets
  • 1997 Cambiando Ritmos
  • 1996 Celia Cruz [Delta]
  • 1995 Irresistible
  • 1995 Festejando Navidad
  • 1995 Double Dynamite
  • 1995 Cuba's Queen of Rhythm
  • 1994 Merengue [Saludos Amigos]
  • 1994 Mambo del Amor
  • 1994 Irrepetible
  • 1994 Homenaje a Los Santos
  • 1994 Guaracheras de La Guaracha
  • 1993 Introducing
  • 1993 Homenaje a Beny More, Vol. 3
  • 1993 Boleros [Polydor]
  • 1993 Azucar Negra
  • 1992 Verdadera Historia
  • 1992 Tributo a Ismael Rivera
  • 1991 Reina del Ritmo Cubano
  • 1991 Canta Celia Cruz
  • 1990 Guarachera del Mundo
  • 1988 Ritmo en el Corazon
  • 1987 Winners
  • 1986 De Nuevo
  • 1986 Candela
  • 1982 Feliz Encuentro
  • 1981 Celia & Willie
  • 1980 Celia/Johnny/Pete
  • 1979 Ceiba
  • 1978 Eternos
  • 1978 Brillante
  • 1978 A Todo Mis Amigos
  • 1977 Only They Could Have Made This Album
  • 1975 Tremendo Cache
  • 1970 Etc. Etc. Etc.
  • 1969 Quimbo Quimbumbia
  • 1968 Serenata Guajira
  • 1968 Excitante
  • 1967 Ti Mexico
  • 1967 Bravo Celia Cruz
  • 1966 Son con Guaguanco
  • 1966 Cuba Y Puerto Rico Son
  • 1965 Sabor y Ritmo de Pueblos
  • 1965 Canciones Premiadas
  • 1959 Mi Diario Musical
  • 1958 Incomparable Celia

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Grammy and Latin Grammy Wins

Year Category Recording
Grammy Awards
1990 Best Tropical Latin Performance Ritmo En El Corazon (With Ray Barretto)
2003 Best Salsa Album La Negra Tiene Tumbao(The Black Girl Has Rhythum)
2004 Best Salsa/Merengue Album Regalo Del Alma (Gift From The Soul)
Latin Grammy Awards
2000 Best Salsa Performance Celia Cruz and Friends: A Night Of Salsa
2001 Best Tropical Tradicional Album Siempre Viviré ( I Will Always Live)
2002 Best Salsa Album La Negra Tiene Tumbao
2004 Best Salsa Album Regalo Del Alma

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See also

Cuba Portal

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