Celia Cruz

An unlikely candidate for international stardom, Celia Cruz overcame her humble origins, a tumultuous revolution, and the color barrier to become the most popular female singer ever to emerge from the Caribbean. Born in Havana, Cuba in 1924 and raised in a large family of 14 children, legend has it that as a child she got her first pair of shoes as a gift from a tourist charmed by her singing. Around her home and with extended family her vocal gift was already apparent as a child when she sang lullabies to her younger siblings. Her father however wanted her to be a teacher and frowned upon the notion of singing as a... Read More

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