Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Birthday wishes go out today to Gloria Estefan who, as lead singer of Miami Sound Machine, burst out of the then-nascent Latin music industry into the mainstream in 1985 with a little ditty called Conga, from the band's second album, Primitive Love. Rhythm Is Gonna Get You was the band's fourth Top Ten, and first from their third album Let it Loose; it went all the way to #5 on the US pop chart in 1987.
While touring in support of her first solo album, Cuts Both Ways, in March 1990 Estefan and her band were involved in a collision when their tour bus was hit by a semi-truck on a highway outside of Scranton, Pennsylvania. Following surgery and physiotherapy to heal her fractured spine - including the implantation of two titanium rods - she made a triumphant appearance on the American Music Awards in January 1991, her first since the accident; entering the theatre to the lilting strains of her new single, Coming Out of the Dark, she received an ecstatic ovation.
Needless to say, if a collision with an eighteen-wheeler wasn't going to get her, rhythm didn't stand a chance...
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