CELIA CRUZ Album Gallery & Record Collector Information

In the vibrant world of salsa, Celia Cruz reigns as the undisputed queen. Her discography, a rhythmic tapestry of Latin melodies, is a testament to her unparalleled talent. Step into Celia Cruz's vinyl record gallery, a fiesta of sound, adorned with larger-than-life album cover photos. Let the music transport you to the heart of salsa, where her lyrics and rhythms dance in perfect harmony.

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On the discography listing below you will find CELIA CRUZ vinyl records released during the 1970s and 1980s. For each record you will have the record company's catalognr, album title, year and country of release. Complete information for each record can be viewed by selecting the corresponding links. Albums have been ordered in ascending alphabetical order of the album titles. This information can help you to identify which particular release of the album you own.


Celia Cruz: The Queen of Salsa's Reign and Legacy

Celia Cruz, the undisputed Queen of Salsa, was a force of nature whose vibrant personality, powerful voice, and infectious energy captivated audiences worldwide. Her music transcended borders, uniting people through the universal language of rhythm and dance.

Born Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso in Havana, Cuba, in 1925, Celia's journey from humble beginnings to international stardom is a testament to her unwavering determination and extraordinary talent. Her early career in Cuba saw her rise to fame as the lead singer of the renowned Sonora Matancera, where she honed her craft and developed her signature style.

Following the Cuban Revolution, Celia made the difficult decision to leave her homeland and embark on a new chapter in the United States. It was here that her career truly soared, as she became a driving force in the burgeoning salsa scene. Celia's music, with its infectious rhythms, passionate lyrics, and Celia's unmistakable "¡Azúcar!" exclamation, resonated deeply with audiences, particularly within the Latino community.

Throughout her illustrious career, Celia collaborated with a constellation of musical stars, but her partnerships with Johnny Pacheco and Willie Colón stand out as particularly significant. Pacheco, a visionary musician and producer, co-founded Fania Records, the label that would become synonymous with salsa. Together, Celia and Pacheco created some of the genre's most iconic recordings, including "Quimbara" and "Bemba Colorá."

Celia's collaboration with Willie Colón, a young trombonist and bandleader with a bold, innovative sound, further solidified her status as the Queen of Salsa. Their albums, such as "Siembra" and "Only They Could Have Made This Album," pushed the boundaries of salsa, incorporating elements of jazz, funk, and other genres, while always staying true to the music's Afro-Cuban roots.

Celia Cruz's legacy extends far beyond her musical achievements. She was a cultural icon who championed Latino pride and empowerment. Her flamboyant fashion sense, characterized by colorful dresses and elaborate headpieces, made her a visual as well as an auditory sensation. Her tireless advocacy for social justice and her philanthropic work further cemented her place in the hearts of her fans.

Celia Cruz's music continues to inspire and uplift audiences worldwide. Her vibrant spirit and unwavering passion for life shine through in every note she sang. Her legacy as the Queen of Salsa is not only secure; it continues to grow and evolve, as new generations discover the magic of her music and the enduring power of her message.

Index of CELIA CRUZ Album Cover Gallery & 12" Vinyl LP Selected Discography Information
CELIA CRUZ & JOHNNY PACHECO - De Nuevo album front cover vinyl record

The 1980s marked a significant period of evolution and experimentation. Among the numerous artists who contributed to this era's musical tapestry, the legendary Celia Cruz and Johnny Pacheco stand out prominently. Their collaborative effort, the 12" Vinyl LP album "De Nuevo," recorded in 1985

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CELIA CRUZ / WILLIE COLON Only They Could Have Made This Album (Spain and USA Releases)
CELIA CRUZ / WILLIE COLON Only They Could Have Made This Album (Spain and USA Releases) album front cover vinyl record

The ensemble of musicians assembled for this project reads like a who's who of salsa legends. Celia Cruz, renowned as the "Queen of Salsa," lent her powerful vocals that could evoke a myriad of emotions. Willie Colón, not only a bassist but also a trumpeter, showcased his musical versatility.

- Only They Could Have Made This Album (1977, Spain) - Only They Could Have Made This Album (1977, USA)