Gloria Estefan Biography
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BORN: September 1, 1957, Havana, Cuba
Gloria Estefan's early years were not easy. Her father Jose was among the Cuban exiles who participated in the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion, the unsuccessful attempt to oust Castro from power. Jose spent a year and a half in a Cuban prison, and during this time Gloria and her mother lived in a Cuban ghetto near the Orange Bowl in Miami. Misfortune continued to follow her dad. He was badly poisoned by the defoliant, Agent Orange while serving in Vietnam. When her mother went out to make a living, Gloria had to act as nurse and tend to her invalid father. Her one source of comfort was the guitar she had been given when she was 12. She would sing to herself the Top 40 tunes of the day, alone in her room for hours on end.
In 1975, at the urging of her mother, Gloria sang some songs at a wedding which was being entertained by a local party band, The Miami Latin Boys. The band leader, Emilio Estefan, was so impressed by her smooth alto voice that he hounded her to join his band. She reluctantly agreed, but only to sing on weekends. No longer all boys, the band was rechristened The Miami Sound Machine.
That was the start of MSM's rise to fame. By 1983, the group was well known throughout Central and South America and had produced four albums for a major label, CBS Discos. Then in 1984, Emilio convinced record executives at Epic to release an English only album (Eyes of Innocence) to the US and European markets. The first single, Dr. Beat, became a huge hit on the dance charts. The crossover worked! The next album (Primitive Love) solidified their success. From this album came the single "Conga!" which carried with it a unique distinction. It is the only song in history to appear on Billboard's Pop, Latin, Soul and Dance charts all at the same time.
Tours, awards, fame, fortune and good luck followed in a steady stream. That is until the morning of March 20, 1990. As Gloria slept in her tour bus which had stopped along a Pennsylvania Interstate highway, a speeding semi-truck smashed into it from behind. She knew immediately that her back was broken. A delicate surgery was performed that required two 8-inch titanium rods to be placed on either side of her spine. The operation was a success. She needed 400 stiches to close the 14-inch incision. But within one year of the accident she was performing on stage again. During that time of excruciating pain, Gloria received thousands of letters, telegrams and floral arrangements from well wishers. In 1992 she was able to return the favor by organizing a benefit concert (Hurricane Relief) which raised three million dollars for the victims of Hurricane Andrew.
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Gloria can't ride the prince so she rides the world. | Reviewer: Chris | 9/29/11
Who am I to judge what makes a popular singer, I recently bought some of her music and like it. I usually end up mad but get over it. I met her as a child and compared to her current public imagine she falls far short of it with those that need it and to those who she might be considered ot have some sort of tye. I must be a laughing stock to her and her husband.
the famous gloria | Reviewer: amandy | 4/19/11
when i was young i saw gloria estefan in cuba and in the states she may not remeber me but we were freinds i heard her play music in her room when i was carrying fruits and vegetables for my brother was sickly i love her song hold me, thrill me ,and kiss me
Interesting Information | Reviewer: roro | 5/26/10
Thank you for sharing this biography about Gloria Estephan. I too found comfort in singing when I was twelve and had a friend who broke her spine in an accident. She too went through so much pain too. I feel for Gloria for all that she went through. I see that she is a very strong women who has been blessed for having so much hardship. I'm very sorry for her dad going through soo much suffering during that battle. I have always loved Gloria's music. I also love to sing her songs, my favorite is "Mi Tierra". May you stay BLESSED always!
With much admiration,
I need help. | Reviewer: Karina | 2/24/10
You are amazing. You have an amazing talent and i am confuzed that I search alot about you and mostly everything I ask either if it it about how you start your career or if your childhood effected our life but there are NEVER any answers. Could you please give me some information on how you started getting famouse, how you got interested in msic, if your childhood effected your life, who were your role models and what were some obtacles you faced when you were little that effected your singing career. Sorry for all the questions but I REALLY need answers. Thank you.
hota | Reviewer: hey | 12/11/09
hey im paatty and i love the way u sing to me every night i hear ur songs and they make me sleepy and honery and well i was trying to say wats up with it! i love u! stupid hoe pinchie cubana cara de mi pito! but i still love u
Where to start? | Reviewer: Arlene DiPompeo | 11/18/09
Gloria, Ihave a granddaughter that is interested in singing, she is 16years old and has had singing lessons. We need to know what her next step is to proceed on her singing career. Right now she is in her High school choir. By the way, we had met you and your husband and your daughter at the Polyneian Hotel in Disney World and the both of you were very gracious as to give us your audiograph and my granddaughter, Nicolette was there to meet you. At that time your family had been celebrating your daughters Birthday and I think it was in February when we had met you. We would be very thankful if you could help us in any way. We would also like to donate to your charity if we could help as we would like to be helped. We live inLighthouse Pt. Fl. phone #954-782-3451 looking for some help to further my granddaughter's singing interest, also she writes her music and enjoys every minute of it. Thank you, Arlene DiPompeo
i need more information | Reviewer: Casey | 9/28/08
i am doing a report on you and i would like to know more about you. like when did your career actually begin, wat school you went to if you were schooled, examples of your contribution, and wat you have accomplished thank you>
great person | Reviewer: tracey | 4/15/08
gloria is a very caring and strong person.I did not get this from this biography but when her father died from multiple sclerosis she was very strong she was even strong when she was in the bus accident but that was because she didnt want her son to see how much pain she was in.she and emilio had two very cute children and I bet they are great parents they did a nice deed when they gave 3million to the survivors from hurricane andrew.
need more information | Reviewer: John | 11/27/07
Um... I am doing a report on you and I dont know what school you go to in your young adult years (college or university). Can you give me the information?
Cool biography | Reviewer: kelsi | 10/11/07
THis biography is cool beacuse it states some things about her life but not all.I alos think gloria is good beacuse she was lucking that the boys piccked her to be in there band cause i cant sing cool ms.estefan:)
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