Celia Cruz born in Havana, Cuba, her profoundly soulful signature voice and colorful presence revolutionized Latin music for nearly six decades.

Celia Cruz born in Havana, Cuba, her profoundly soulful signature voice and colorful presence revolutionized Latin music for nearly six decades.

"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." ~ Celia Cruz

"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." ~ Celia Cruz

Tito Puentes and Celia Cruz worked closely together throughout her career.

Tito Puentes and Celia Cruz worked closely together throughout her career.

In 1990, Celia Cruz won a Grammy for best tropical latin performance.

In 1990, Celia Cruz won a Grammy for best tropical latin performance.

Celia Cruz was a Cuban singer. She was born in 1925 and died 2003 at the age of 77.

Celia Cruz was a Cuban singer. She was born in 1925 and died 2003 at the age of 77.

Celia Cruz made her big break in 1950 in the Sonora Matancera band after the previous lead singer left.

Celia Cruz made her big break in 1950 in the Sonora Matancera band after the previous lead singer left.

Celia Cruz had a fitting role in the film "Salsa".

Celia Cruz had a fitting role in the film "Salsa".

Due to Fidel Castro being in Cuba, Cruz and her husband became U.S. citizens.

Due to Fidel Castro being in Cuba, Cruz and her husband became U.S. citizens.

In 1994, President Clinton awarded Cruz the National Medal of Arts.

In 1994, President Clinton awarded Cruz the National Medal of Arts.

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