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Gloria Estefan on this day September 1, 1957 was born in Havana, Cuba as Gloria Maria Milagrosa Fajardo Garcia.  She is a five time Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter.  She started with the Miami Sound Machine in 1975 and they had big hits in 1984 with Dr. Beat and in 1986 with Conga.  Her hit single in 1989, don’t Wanna Lose You, hit number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and also went Platinum.  Gloria has sold over 90 million albums worldwide, including her 1987 album Let It Loose, that went multi platinum and sold six million copies in the US alone and had many hits like  Anything For You,  1,2,3, Rhythm Is Gonna Get You and Can’t Stay Away From You.  She was 16 months old when her family moved to Miami, Florida following the Cuban Revolution in 1959.  President John F. Kennedy arranged an exchange to free her father,  a proud anti-communist, who was captured in the Bay of Pigs Invasion that attempted to overthrow Fidel Castro’s communist government.  Gloria’s father Jose Fajardo also served multiple tours in Vietnam as an officer in the United States Army, and was more than likely exposed to Agent Orange.  He later contracted multiple sclerosis, and died in 1980. That is why this post is dedicated to Gloria’s father.  Estefan performed You’ll Be Mine and Reach as the theme song of the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympic Games, in front of an audience of 2 billion people worldwide.  Estefan’s new Spanish language album, 90 Millas, will be released September 18, 2007, here is a single No Llores from that album.  Enjoy.

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