Posts Tagged ‘legend’

Gloria Estefan is bringing her life story to Broadway. The musical ‘On Your Feet” is the story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan…cuban born talented musicians that were able to achieve the American Dream and beyond. Together they have a lengthy discography of 23 albums that started in 1977 with The Miami Sound Machine. The string of hits didn’t come later until the mid 80’s with Latin flavored classics such as “Conga” and “Get On Your Feet”. Classic ballads such as “Anything For You” and “Words Get In The Way” also helped Gloria sell over 100 million records worldwide. Clearly making her one of the most successful singers in history (American and Latin). During her career, Gloria put her Latin roots front and center by merging Latin rhythms into dance beats and sometimes by simply singing completely in Spanish and successfully selling these albums.

On July of 2014, I was finally able to see Gloria live at the Hollywood Bowl while she was promoting her The Standards album. I grew up listening to Gloria in the 80’s and 90’s and have remained a great fan. As a latino kid, it was great to see and hear Spanish (or Spanglish) music on TV and radio. There weren’t many popular Latin singers on English stations compared to now and it is clear, Gloria should be credited with opening the doors to this generation’s Spanglish pop stars. I hope On Your Feet is a great success and is added to the long list of Gloria’s achievements. I can only hope for a touring version to visit Los Angeles in the near future. WEPA!

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I first discovered Linda Ronstadt in the late 80’s when my mom took me to Linda’s concert for Canciones de Mi Padre. I remember enjoying the full concert, mostly because I’ve always liked mariachi music. A few years later I saw Linda performing an English song on TV at the Grammys with Aaron Neville. I wasn’t familiar with her music history and I was immediately interested in discovering more. This search took me to the early 70’s with pop/rock; into the 80’s with pop standards and country; and finally to this Grammy performance of “Don’t Know Much”. I instantly became a fan and listened to her music as I grew up into adulthood. A few years ago, I heard Linda had retired from singing due to Parkinson’s. I was bummed because I would not be able to see her live in concert again but this week I was lucky enough to see her in person and hear her life story. Linda shared her life story for almost two hours at the Valley Performing Arts Center but it wasn’t enough. Her life story is as amazing and eclectic as her music. From her childhood in Tucson, to being part of the rock movement of the 70’s, to crossing over from English to Spanish with her Mariachi album…what an amazing career. Dan Guerrero, who is also a friend of Linda, was the interviewer and kept the conversation moving smoothly and provided some laughs throughout the night. I don’t usually pay to go see someone speak (I rather spend that money on concerts) but this was a exception and I’m glad I went. Also glad to hear Linda give praise to Brittany from Alabama Shakes, when she was asked about today’s music scene. Now the question is when will we get a Linda Ronstadt movie…I’ll even settle for a TV movie.

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