Celia Cruz, birth name Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso (October 21, 1925 in Havana, Cuba - July 16, 2003 in Fort Lee, New Jersey, the United States) was one of the most famous salsa performers in the 20th century. For her incredible contribution to music, she was often called “Queen of Salsa” or “La Guarachera de Cuba”. According to some critics and media, she is considered one of the most influential in Cuban music. Most of her life she spent in the United States and refused to come back to Cuba after the revolution. Cruz received National Medal of Arts from President Bill Clinton. She also received three Grammy Awards – in 1990 and two in 2003, for Best Tropical Latin Performance (Ritmo En El Corazon), Best Salsa Album (La Negra Tiene Tumbao) and Best Salsa/Merengue Album (Regalo Del Alma) respectively. You can download the album A Rough Guide to Celia Cruz in mp3 from our site.