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Music / Gloria Estefan

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"Come on, shake your body baby, do the conga
I know you can't control yourself any longer
Feel the rhythm of the music getting stronger
Don't you fight it 'til you tried it, do that conga beat

Gloria Estefan (born Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García on September 1, 1957) is a Cuban-born American singer, songwriter and entrepreneur. She has sold over 100 million records worldwide and is Latin music's most successful crossover performer. She is best known for her song "Conga."

"Tropes get in the way":

"With inspiration from The Shark, Godzilla and Golf."
  • Artist and the Band: The Miami Sound Machine eventually became Gloria Estefan And Miami Sound Machine, before becoming just Gloria Estefan.
    • MAD ran a parody of the above situation with the rise and fall of a starlet in a church choir. At first, it's "The Fellows" with just her head sticking out of the row of singers, then it's "The Fellows and Melanie", "Melanie and the Fellows", before apexing at "M" with a closeup of her face. From there it spirals down the way it came, with her a sad, nameless member of the choir again.
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    • MAD #79 had a similar "Rise and Fall" feature, with the starlet starting as a nameless member of a vocal group, advancing from "The Euclid Phlomm Chorale with Patricia Blousen" to "Patricia Blousen and the Euclid Phlomm Chorale," reaching the peak of her career with an album cover showing "Patti" and a closeup of her face, then gradually declining until once again becoming a nameless member of the Euclid Phlomm Chorale.
  • Bilingual Bonus: In addition to full English and Spanish versions, "Anything for You" was also released in a "Spanglish" version combining the two languages.
  • The Chick: Miami Sound Machine had been an all-male outfit known as The Miami Latin Boys before Gloria joined the group as its first female member.
  • Christmas Songs: 1993's Christmas Through Your Eyes. The title song first appeared on her 1992 Greatest Hits album before the full Christmas album appeared a year later.
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  • Cover Album: 1994's Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me and 2013's The Standards.
  • Dance Sensation: "Conga," of course. The first of many in a line that also included "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You," "Get on Your Feet," "Turn the Beat Around," and "Mi Tierra."
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Nearly left paralyzed by a bus crash in 1990.
  • Get Out!: "Go Away," from 1992's Greatest Hits, is an uptempo kiss-off aimed at a lover who's outlived his usefulness.
  • Grasp the Sun: "Reach," her song for the 1996 Olympic Games.
  • Greatest Hits Album: Several. Her first was 1990's all-Spanish Exitos De Gloria Estefan. Her first in English was 1992's Greatest Hits.
  • Happily Married: To her husband, Miami Sound Machine band leader and later producer Emilio, since 1980.
  • "I Want" Song: "I Want You So Bad"
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: "Anything for You" defines the trope in ballad form and is a borderline Tear Jerker.
  • Jukebox Musical: On Your Feet opened on Broadway in 2015.
  • Miami: Well, yes. It was in her band's name, after all.
  • Not That Kind of Doctor: "Dr. Beat"
    • As a Real Life example: She has honorary Doctorates in Music from Berklee College of Music and the University of Miami.
  • Omniglot: Speaks Spanish, English and French. Has claimed that while she was working as a translator at Miami International Airport, the CIA once approached her about making her a spy.
  • Record Producer: Emilio and the Jerks.
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: Early news reports about Estefan's tour-bus crash in 1990 erroneously claimed she had been killed.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Estefan, who is known for her anti-drug work, and MSM once turned down an offer to appear on Miami Vice, the hottest show on television at the time, because the script called for the band to be playing a party thrown by drug dealers.
  • "Sesame Street" Cred:
    • She appeared on the 1998 Sesame Street special Elmopalooza.
    • She provided the theme song to the preschool series The Fox Cubhouse.
  • Silly Love Songs: MANY. "Words Get in the Way," "Can't Stay Away From You," "1-2-3," etc. Little wonder she became a staple artist at the Adult Contemporary radio format during the late '80s and early '90s.
  • Song Style Shift: "Oye Mi Canto" abruptly changes from AOR to a breezy Latin number halfway through.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Title: The group started as Miami Sound Machine. Then it became Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine. Finally, the band's name disappeared altogether. According to Emilio Estefan, this was done on purpose so that Gloria would be eligible for Grammys as a female solo performer.
  • Taking the Veil: According to a story told by Casey Kasem on American Top 40, young Gloria had trouble deciding between a career in music and taking vows as a Roman Catholic nun.