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Wikipedia Summary for Celia Cruz

Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso (21 October 1925 – 16 July 2003), known as Celia Cruz, was a Cuban-American singer and one of the most popular Latin artists of the 20th century. Cruz rose to fame in Cuba during the 1950s as a singer of guarachas, earning the nickname "La Guarachera de Cuba". In the following decades, she became known internationally as the "Queen of Salsa" due to her contributions to Latin music in the United States.

She began her career in her native Cuba, earning recognition as a vocalist of the popular musical group Sonora Matancera, a musical association that lasted fifteen years (1950-1965). Cruz mastered a wide variety of Afro-Cuban music styles including guaracha, rumba, afro, son and bolero, recording numerous singles in these styles for Seeco Records.

In 1960, after the Cuban Revolution caused the nationalization of the music industry, Cruz left her native country, becoming one of the symbols and spokespersons of the Cuban community in exile. Cruz continued her career, first in Mexico, and then in the United States, the country that she took as her definitive residence. In the 1960s, she collaborated with Tito Puente, recording her signature tune "Bemba colorá".

In the 1970s, she signed for Fania Records and became strongly associated with the salsa genre, releasing hits such as "Quimbara". She often appeared live with Fania All-Stars and collaborated with Johnny Pacheco and Willie Colón. During the last years of her career, Cruz continued to release successful songs such as "La vida es un carnaval" and "La negra tiene tumbao".

Her musical legacy is made up of a total of 37 studio albums, as well as numerous live albums and collaborations. Throughout her career, she was awarded numerous prizes and distinctions, including two Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards. In addition to her prolific career in music, Cruz also made several appearances as an actress in movies and telenovelas. Her catchphrase "¡Azúcar!" ("Sugar!") has become one of the most recognizable symbols of salsa music.

Quote: Forgiving is not forgetting. Forgiving is remembering without pain. by author Celia Cruz overlaid on photo of man raising arms between greenfield
Photo Credit: Hanny Naibaho

Forgiving is not forgetting. Forgiving is remembering without pain.


Quote: My life is singing. I don't plan on retiring. I plan to die on a stage. I can have a headache but when it's time to sing and I step on that stage there is no more headache. by author Celia Cruz overlaid on photo of photo of author Celia Cruz with quote

My life is singing. I don't plan on retiring. I plan to die on a stage. I can have a headache but when it's time to sing and I step on that stage there is no more headache.


Quote: When opportunity presents itself grab it. Hold on tight and don't let go. by author Celia Cruz overlaid on photo of photo of author Celia Cruz with quote

When opportunity presents itself grab it. Hold on tight and don't let go.


Quote: I always clean before the cleaning lady comes. If not, when I come home, I can't find anything. Cleaning ladies are always hiding things you leave out. by author Celia Cruz overlaid on photo of photo of author Celia Cruz with quote

I always clean before the cleaning lady comes. If not, when I come home, I can't find anything. Cleaning ladies are always hiding things you leave out.


Quote: I love living on that stage. Without that, I'd die. by author Celia Cruz overlaid on photo of photo of author Celia Cruz with quote

I love living on that stage. Without that, I'd die.


Quote: If I don't work, I'll be sitting on the couch watching TV, eating popcorn and getting like a cow. by author Celia Cruz overlaid on photo of photo of author Celia Cruz with quote

If I don't work, I'll be sitting on the couch watching TV, eating popcorn and getting like a cow.


Quote: You would give up your career if you lost your voice for good, or if the impresarios stopped calling, or the audiences stopped coming. But as long as those things are there, I don't plan to stop. There is nothing that makes me feel better than to be with my public. by author Celia Cruz overlaid on photo of Celia Cruz quote; white text on black background

You would give up your career if you lost your voice for good, or if the impresarios stopped calling, or the audiences stopped coming. But as long as those things are there, I don't plan to stop. There is nothing that makes me feel better than to be with my public.


Quote: Singing is my life. It has always been my life. It will always be my life. by author Celia Cruz overlaid on photo of photo of author Celia Cruz with quote

Singing is my life. It has always been my life. It will always be my life.


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