Google Doodle Celebrates Celia Cruz’s 88th Birthday

Posted Oct 21, 2013

Being highlighted as a Google Doodle is an honor and today is Celia Cruz’s day.  Cruz celebrates her 88th birthday today and she is a famous Cuban singer that is known as being one of the world’s best salsa singers.

“There have been many posthumous tributes to Celia in these last ten years, but this one by Google is certainly one of the most important and far-reaching,” stated Omer Pardillo-Cid, the sole executor of the Celia Cruz Estate in a press release. “She would have loved it!”

Celia’s full name is Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso.  She was born in Havana in 1925 and started singing as a child.  Her aunt brought her to nightclubs in Cuba where she would perform.  Cruz studied at the Cuba’s Conservatory of Music and she started performing for the La Sonora Matancera orchestra in 1950.  Cruz left Cuba while on tour with La Sonora Matancera in 1960 shortly after the Cuban Revolution.  The Cuban government refused to let her visit to attend her father’s funeral several years later.

In the United States, Cruz was given the name “The Queen of Salsa.”  She launched a solo career with percussionist Tito Puente and performed with the Fania All Stars in the 1970s.  In some of her performances, she blurted out “azúcar (Spanish for sugar)!”

Cruz passed away at the age of 77.  In her career, she received 10 Grammys, honorary doctorates from Yale and the University of Miami, and a Smithsonian Lifetime Achievement Award.

[Source: Huffington Post]