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Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso de la Santís
Transcript of Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso de la Santís
Her First Debut
Cruz began singing in Havana's radio station Radio Garcia-Serra's popular "Hora del Té" 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.
[La Habana, Cuba, October 21th, 1925 - July 16th, 2003 ]
While growing up in Cuba's diverse 1930s music climate, Cruz listened to many musicians who influenced her adult career.
(Fernando Collazo, Abelardo Barroso, Pablo Quevedo and Arsenio Rodríguez.)
or Celia Cruz
Early in her Career
In 1950, Cruz made her first major breakthrough, after the lead singer of the Sonora Matancera, a renowned Cuban orchestra.
And soon Cruz became famous throughout Cuba. During the 15 years she was a member, the band traveled all over Latin America, becoming known as "Café Con Leche"
 In Venezuela, is hired to record their first commercial records for the label Commercial Serfaty supported by the Orchestra "Leonard Melody"
Celia meet her love
When Celia enters to Sonora Matancera, which would meet her future husband, the second band trumpeter Pedro Knight.
Celia and Pedro were married on July 14, 1962 in Connecticut.
It was so successful with the Sonora Matancera musical marriage that lasted fifteen years.Their unforgettable songs are: Burundanga, Caramelos, Yerbero moderno and other 188 compositions.
The Golden Age with Sonora Matancera
Celia left her lovely Cuba
With Fidel Castro assuming control of Cuba in 1959, Cruz and her husband, Pedro Knight, refused to return to their homeland and became citizens of the United States.
After being with the Sonora Matancera, Celia decides to follow her solo career with her husband, in which recorded several albums with record companies and many other band.
In 1990, Cruz won a Grammy Award for Best Tropical Latin Performance - Ray Barretto & Celia Cruz - Ritmo en el Corazón. She later recorded an anniversary album with la Sonora Matancera.
The end of life.
The beginning of a legacy