Celia Cruz

Nombre real:
Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso de la Santísima Trinidad
Perfil:
Cuban singer, and artist.

Born: 21 October 1925 (1924 or 1929, for some sources) in Havana, Cuba.
Died: 16 July 2003 in Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA (aged 77).

Cruz is recognised by many as the "Queen Of Salsa", and being known for her shout of "Azúcar!" (en: "Sugar") during performances. The voice, charisma, and talent of Cruz has created one of the most impressive music careers. Listing her accomplishments would require a book. Her more than 70 albums have yielded many gold and platinum records, and she has received more than a hundred awards from prestigious institutions around the world. She also appeared in 10 movies, including "The Mambo Kings" (1992) and "The Perez Family" (1995).

Of Afro-Cuban decent, Cruz began singing in amateur contests at the age of 14 in her home city of Havana, Cuba, where she studied music theory, piano and voice at the National Music Conservatory. In 1950 she began singing with the conjunto La Sonora Matancera, and with that group she was a central figure in some of the most glorious chapters of Afro-Cuban music, recording a number of legendary songs, including "Yembe Laroco", "Yerbero Moderno", "Burundanga", and "Caramelo", among many. By the end of the 1950s La Sonora Matancera was the most popular group in Cuba and Celia's alliance with them took her beyond the coast of Cuba; firstly to Mexico for two years, then moving to the US, and performing internationally. While in the group she met Pedro Knight, at the time one of the band's two trumpeters, whom she married on 1962-07-14. (Cruz died just 2 days after celebrating her 41st wedding anniversary.)

Though Cruz repeatedly tried to return to Cuba, the Castro regime forbade her to return to her native country. Regularly performing in Mexico and elsewhere in the world, she settled in the USA by buying a house in New York. In 1966 she started the first of several collaborations with Tito Puente and his orchestra. She also recorded with others, signing first for Seeco and in the mid-sixties for Tico Records. In 1974 Fania Records acquired Tico and signed Cruz to the Vaya imprint. , where she remained until 1992. Later in life, she would turn to acting, debuting in 1992's The Mambo Kings. She made her last musical appearance in March 2003 at the ¡Celia Cruz: Azúcar! event organised in tribute of her. On the afternoon of 16 July 2003, Cruz died at her home in New Jersey. At her express wish, her remains were transferred to Miami for two days to receive the homage of her Cuban exile admirers, after which she was buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery in The Bronx, New York.

She received the first of her 5 Grammy Awards in 1989, and also won 2 Latin Grammy Awards. She received 3 doctorates Honoris Causa from Yale, Florida International University and Miami University.
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Albums

SLP-28 Selecciones Favoritas De Celia Cruz — Celia Cruz Celia Cruz Selecciones Favoritas De Celia Cruz (Album, Comp) Seeco SLP-28 US 1952 Vender esta versión
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SLP - 54 Celia Cruz — Celia Cruz Celia Cruz Celia Cruz (Album) Seeco SLP - 54 Colombia 1954 Vender esta versión
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SCLP 9067 Canta Celia Cruz (Celia Cruz Sings) — Celia Cruz Celia Cruz Canta Celia Cruz (Celia Cruz Sings) (Album) Seeco SCLP 9067 US 1956 Vender esta versión
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SCLP 9101 Cuba's Queen Of Rhythm — Celia Cruz Celia Cruz Accompanied By Sonora Matancera* Celia Cruz Accompanied By Sonora Matancera* - Cuba's Queen Of Rhythm (Album) Seeco SCLP 9101 US 1958 Vender esta versión
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SCLP 9171 Su Favorita — Celia Cruz Celia Cruz Con Sonora Matancera* Celia Cruz Con Sonora Matancera* - Su Favorita (Album, Comp) Seeco SCLP 9171 US 1958 Vender esta versión
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SCLP 9136 La Incomparable Celia — Celia Cruz Celia Cruz Con La Sonora Matancera Celia Cruz Con La Sonora Matancera - La Incomparable Celia (Album) Seeco SCLP 9136 US 1958 Vender esta versión
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CELP-432, CELP432 Cuba's Foremost Rhythm Singer — Celia Cruz Celia Cruz Accompanied By Sonora Matancera* Celia Cruz Accompanied By Sonora Matancera* - Cuba's Foremost Rhythm Singer (Album) Seeco, Seeco CELP-432, CELP432 US 1959 Vender esta versión
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25039 Reflexiones De Celia Cruz — Celia Cruz Celia Cruz Con La Sonora Matancera Celia Cruz Con La Sonora Matancera - Reflexiones De Celia Cruz (Album) Seeco 25039 Mexico 1960 Vender esta versión
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SCLP 91920 La Dinamica! — Celia Cruz Celia Cruz Con La Sonora Matancera* Celia Cruz Con La Sonora Matancera* - La Dinamica! (Album) Seeco, Seeco SCLP 91920 US 1960 Vender esta versión
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SCLP-9215, SCLP 9215 Canciones Premiadas De Celia Cruz Con La Sonora Matancera — Celia Cruz Celia Cruz Con La Sonora Matancera Celia Cruz Con La Sonora Matancera - Canciones Premiadas De Celia Cruz Con La Sonora Matancera (Comp, Album) Seeco, Seeco SCLP-9215, SCLP 9215 US 1961 Vender esta versión
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SCLP 9227, SCLP-9227 México, Que Grande Eres — Celia Cruz Celia Cruz Acompañada Por Sonora Matancera* Celia Cruz Acompañada Por Sonora Matancera* - México, Que Grande Eres (Album) Seeco, Seeco SCLP 9227, SCLP-9227 US 1961 Vender esta versión
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SCLP 9246 La Tierna, Conmovedora, Bamboleadora — Celia Cruz Celia Cruz Con La Sonora Matancera Celia Cruz Con La Sonora Matancera - La Tierna, Conmovedora, Bamboleadora (Album) Seeco SCLP 9246 US 1963 Vender esta versión
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SSS 3001 Mi Diario Musical — Celia Cruz Celia Cruz Acompañada De La Sonora Matancera Celia Cruz Acompañada De La Sonora Matancera - Mi Diario Musical (Comp, Album) Seeco Sonic Sound Series, Seeco SSS 3001 US 1963 Vender esta versión
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SCLP 9271 Sabor Y Ritmo De Pueblos — Celia Cruz Celia Cruz Con La Sonora Matancera Celia Cruz Con La Sonora Matancera - Sabor Y Ritmo De Pueblos (Album) Seeco SCLP 9271 US 1964 Vender esta versión
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TRLP-5197 Con Amor — Celia Cruz Celia Cruz Con La Sonora Matancera Celia Cruz Con La Sonora Matancera - Con Amor (Comp) Tropical (3) TRLP-5197 US 1964 Vender esta versión
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SCLP 9263 Canciones Que Yo Queria Haber Grabado Primero — Celia Cruz Celia Cruz Con Orquesta* Celia Cruz Con Orquesta* - Canciones Que Yo Queria Haber Grabado Primero (Album) Seeco SCLP 9263 US 1964 Vender esta versión
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SCLP-9267 Canciones Inolvidables — Celia Cruz Celia Cruz Con La Sonora Matancera Celia Cruz Con La Sonora Matancera - Canciones Inolvidables (Album, Comp) Seeco SCLP-9267 US 1964 Vender esta versión
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SCLP 92860 El Nuevo Estilo De La Guarachera — Celia Cruz Celia Cruz El Nuevo Estilo De La Guarachera (Album) Seeco SCLP 92860 Venezuela 1965 Vender esta versión
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SCLP 9281 Homenaje A Los Santos Vol. 2 — Celia Cruz Celia Cruz Homenaje A Los Santos Vol. 2 (Album) Seeco SCLP 9281 US 1965 Vender esta versión
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LP1143, TRLP-1143 Son Con Guaguancó — Celia Cruz Celia Cruz Son Con Guaguancó (Album) Tico Records, Tico Records LP1143, TRLP-1143 US 1966 Vender esta versión
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(S)LP 1136, TRSLP-1136 Cuba Y Puerto Rico Son... — Celia Cruz Celia CruzTito Puente Celia CruzTito Puente - Cuba Y Puerto Rico Son... (Album) Tico Records, Tico Records (S)LP 1136, TRSLP-1136 US 1966 Vender esta versión
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LP-1164 ... A Ti México  — Celia Cruz Celia Cruz ... A Ti México (Album) Tico Records LP-1164 US 1967 Vender esta versión
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LP-1157, TRLP-1157 Bravo — Celia Cruz Celia Cruz Bravo (Album) Tico Records, Orfeon LP-1157, TRLP-1157 US 1967 Vender esta versión
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LPI-044 En 67' — Celia Cruz Celia Cruz Con Sonora De Memo Salamanca Y Juan Bruno Tarraza Y Su Orquesta Celia Cruz Con Sonora De Memo Salamanca Y Juan Bruno Tarraza Y Su Orquesta - En 67'(LP, Album, Ltd) Tico Records LPI-044 Mexico 1967 Vender esta versión
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2.085 La Excitante — Celia Cruz Celia Cruz La Excitante (Album) Tico Records 2.085 Argentina 1968 Vender esta versión