Google home page of October 21 on Monday was dedicated to Celia Cruz, known as 'the Queen of Salsa' to mark her 88th birth anniversary.
Cruz has been the Cuban-born music legend had influenced both Latin and Cuban music in a big way. She was honoured with a Grammy Award (1990) for the Best Tropical Latin Performance with Ray Barretto.
Cruz (1925 2003), shot to fame as one of the most popular salsa artists of the 20th century. It is said that she earned twenty-three gold albums and was renowned as the 'Queen of Salsa' and 'La Guarachera de Cuba'.
She was born on October 21, 1925 in the working-class neighborhood of Santos Suarez in Havana, Cuba. Her father, Simon Cruz, was a railroad stoker.
Cruz got her start as the lead singer with orchestra Sonora Matancera that toured around the world for 15 years and won wide acclaim. She later joined the Fania All-Stars musical ensemble, which included many salsa musicians.
Cruz and her husband left Cuba in late 1950s and spent most of her life in New Jersey when communism spread in Cuba. After shifting to the US she decided to become an American citizen. She died in 2003 at age 77 from brain cancer.