View Full Version : Legendary Latin Singer Celia Cruz Dies At 77

Jul 16th, 2003, 11:52 PM
I just found out from my breaking news email from CNN. When I find out more, I will let you know.

Jul 16th, 2003, 11:55 PM
Cuban Salsa Queen Celia Cruz Dies at 77

.c The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - Celia Cruz, the Cuban-born singer who went from singing in Havana nightclubs to become the ``Queen of Salsa,'' died Wednesday, her publicist said.

Cruz, who was 77, died of a brain tumor. She had surgery for the ailment in December but her health faltered. She died at her home in Fort Lee, N.J., according to her publicist, Blanca Lasalle.

In the 1950s, Cruz became famous with the legendary Afro-Cuban group La Sonora Matancera. She left Cuba for the United States in 1960, and was credited with bringing salsa music to a broad audience.

Cruz, who recorded more than 70 albums and had more than a dozen Grammy nominations, won best salsa album for ``La Negra Tiene Tumbao'' at the 2002 Latin Grammy Awrds. Among her other best-known recordings are ``Yerberito Moreno'' and ``Que le Den Candela.''

Called the ``Queen of Salsa'' and the ``diva of Latin song,'' Cruz remained energetic late into her career. At last year's Latin Grammys, she showed up wearing a frothy blue-and-white headpiece and a tight red dress and gave a hip-shaking performance.

Cruz's alliance with fellow salsa star Tito Puente garnered her some of the biggest success in her career. In 1987, she was honored with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, and several years later, the city of Miami gave Calle Ocho, the main street of its Cuban community, the honorary name of Celia Cruz Way.

Cruz also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Smithsonian Institution and in 1994, President Clinton honored her with an award from the National Endowment of the Arts.

07/16/03 18:48 EDT
Copyright 2003 The Associated Press

King Satan
Jul 16th, 2003, 11:56 PM
omg, no way! :sad:

Jul 17th, 2003, 12:18 AM
Legendary Salsa Singer Celia Cruz Dies

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Cuban-born salsa legend Celia Cruz died on Wednesday at her home in New Jersey, her representative in Mexico said.

Silvia Cantarell told Reuters that Cruz died shortly after 5 p.m. with her husband, Pedro Knight, and close friends at her side.

Cruz had been suffering from cancer and had been in a coma since Tuesday.

Known as the "Queen of Salsa," Cruz was a pioneer of Afro-Cuban music. She was known for her vocal talent, outrageous costumes, wild wigs and energetic stage persona.

Cruz found success half a century ago in a musical style previously dominated by men.

The Cuban exile recorded more than 70 albums. She won the Grammy Award for the first time in 1989 and was also a two-time Latin Grammy award winner.

Cruz' representative said she was born on Oct. 21, 1924, although some Web sites have said she was born in 1925.

Born in a poor neighborhood of Havana, Cruz was one of four children. Her father wanted her to become a schoolteacher, but she had other interests. In 1947, she enrolled in the National Music Conservatory of Cuba, where she studied musical theory, voice and piano.

She became famous in the 1950s when she joined the Afro-Cuban group La Sonora Matancera, which was looking for a new female member. She sang with the group for 15 years.

After Fidel Castro came to power in 1959, La Sonora Matancera defected from Cuba. Cruz settled in New York City in 1962. That year she also married Knight, a trumpeter in the group.

Cruz struggled to sell her albums in the 1960s when her style fell out of vogue. But in the 1970s, young Hispanics looking to get in touch with their roots rediscovered her music.

Cruz has also appeared in films. She played a wealthy nightclub owner in the 1992 movie "The Mambo Kings" and also appeared in the 1995 film "The Perez Family."

07/16/03 18:59 ET

Copyright 2003 Reuters Limited

Jul 17th, 2003, 12:31 AM

Jul 17th, 2003, 12:42 AM
What an awful week, first Compay now Celia

Jul 17th, 2003, 02:17 AM

Mrs. Peel
Jul 17th, 2003, 07:04 AM
:sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad:

Jul 17th, 2003, 07:20 AM
rip :sad:

all these recent deaths...

Jul 17th, 2003, 01:00 PM
:sad: :sad: :sad:

The Crow
Jul 17th, 2003, 01:12 PM
Not a good week for Cuban music :sad: :sad:

Miss Thang
Jul 17th, 2003, 04:36 PM
Yeah it sad y'all and I'd say rest in peace buy y'all know but now y'all know Miss Celia partyin up there and everyone shakin it. :cool:

Jul 17th, 2003, 05:17 PM
She'll no doubt be jamming with the angels choir up in heaven. What a shame. I grew up with her music so it's going to be heartbreaking when I tell my folks she's passed.

Cuba 4ever

Jul 23rd, 2003, 04:24 AM
You know onlythe deaths of four famous people have made me sad Selena, princess Diana, Maria felix and Celia Cruz. You know I can remember seeing her ever since I was 4 or 5 and know I am almost 18. She is one of those peope that seemed eternal to me. So many latin American Artist say and think that by singing in english is the only way to become international and recognized but Celia made most of her success by singng in Spanish and proving that if the music is good anyone will listen to it. I hope her music will live on and that no one will forget her career. She is truly an example for others to follow

Jul 23rd, 2003, 05:10 AM
:sad: :sad:

Her fans gave her a homecoming to remember though! :)

Jul 23rd, 2003, 05:30 AM

Pedro Knight, center, husband of 'Queen of Salsa' Celia Cruz, reaches to embrace Patti Labelle after she sang 'Ave Maria' at Cruz's funeral in New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral, Tuesday July 22, 2003. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)



Pedro Knight, husband to the late 'Queen of Salsa' Celia Cruz, sits next to Cruz's sister Gladys Decquer at Woodlawn Cemetery in the New York borough of the Bronx, where a public ceremony was held before the casket was taken to a private burial, Tuesday, July 22, 2003. (AP Photo/ Stuart Ramson)




Trumpeter Pedro Knight, second left, 'Queen of Salsa' Celia Cruz's husband of 41 years, stands during her funeral service at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York, Tuesday July 22, 2003. Also attending the service were singer Patti Labelle, center, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, second from right. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)


Patti Labelle sings 'Ave Maria' during the funeral service for 'Queen of Salsa' Celia Cruz at New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral Tuesday July 22, 2003. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, POOL)

Jul 23rd, 2003, 05:33 AM


Jul 23rd, 2003, 05:37 AM





What the Hell is up with Melanie?? Is Antonia dotting that eye or is she having a bunch of plastic surgery??


A photo of Celia Cruz and flowers sit outside the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home, July 21, 2003 in New York City. Tens of thousands of fans lined block after city block in New York to celebrate the life of the 'Queen of Salsa,' Celia Cruz. Photo by Jeff Christensen/Reuters

RIP :angel:

Jul 23rd, 2003, 09:31 PM
Is that tattoo on her arm pitifull or what.

Anyways to stay on topic. What is your favorite Celia Cruz song. Mine is "Contestación El marinero" or "Mi Soncito". What's yours?

Jul 23rd, 2003, 10:22 PM
Anyways to stay on topic. What is your favorite Celia Cruz song. Mine is "Contestación El marinero" or "Mi Soncito". What's yours?

eh, I don't really know any of her songs. :o However, I have heard of her for most of my life. :)

Jul 23rd, 2003, 10:33 PM
eh, I don't really know any of her songs. :o However, I have heard of her for most of my life. :)

Damn you don't know what you've been missing babe. Kazaa is at your disposal so I recommend you put it to use. Better yet, buy her cds.

Jul 23rd, 2003, 11:16 PM
eh, I don't really know any of her songs. :o However, I have heard of her for most of my life. :)

---> no even one??:eek: :eek: :eek:

btw..my favorite song of hers is "La Vida Es Un Carnaval "

~Adios mi bella diva :sad: :sad:

Jul 23rd, 2003, 11:52 PM
---> no even one??:eek: :eek: :eek:

No, not even one that I know of? :o :o :o

however, I will take Dunk Machine's advice and use IMESH and download the best of as pointed out by her fans on WTAWorld. :wavey:

Jul 30th, 2003, 01:10 PM
I didn't know she died... :eek: