Since the 1970s, the Queen of latin pop, Gloria Estefan, has sold over 100 million records, including releases with the band Miami Sound Machine. The
Cuban born singer-songwriter is in the top 100 of
best-selling music artists with over 90 million albums sold worldwide.
Gloria's real name is Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García de Estefan. Yes, well you can see why she shortened it for her musical career!
Studio Album Discography (with Miami Sound Machine)
1978 Miami Sound Machine -
1979 Imported -
1980 MSN -
1981 Otra Vez -
1982 Rio -
1984 A Toda Maquina -
1984 Eyes Of Innocence -
1985 Primitive Love -
1987 Let It Loose/Anything For You #1
1989 Cuts Both Ways #1
UK album chart peak positions shown
Dr. Beat (see video playlist above) was the lead single from the 1984 album Eyes Of Innocence and reached #6 in the UK. However, in the U.S. the song wasn't as popular and failed to chart, although it did reach #15 in the Hot Dance Club Play chart.
A further two singles were released from the album but they were both flops. Prisoner Of Love only reached #98 in the U.S. and didn't chart in the UK. I Need A Man failed to chart even in any of the dance charts.
Eyes Of Innocence was the first album to be commercially successful for Gloria Estefan and her band, and this is mainly due to the songs being sung in English and not Spanish as on previous albums. However, the album wasn't successful in America, although, the next album release Primitive Love reached #23 on the Billboard 200.
Gloria Estefan had established herself as a major artist, she felt
brave enough to release a solo album sung in the Spanish language in
1993. Entitled Mi Tierra, the album was a huge success, achieving multi-platinum sales in many countries, including Spain.
This was my favourite track on the Primitive Love album and it was released as the second single, reaching #'16 here in the UK and #8 in America. The song featured in the opening titles of the movie Three Men And A Baby. There were two videos released, and the one above is the second one which features the cast of the musical Cats.
Rhythm is Gonna Get You was the first single taken from Let It Loose and reached No.16 in the UK (after being re-issued in 1988) and No.5 in the U.S in 1987. The song featured in the movie Stakeout, a crime comedy starring Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez.
This upbeat tune was released as the last single from the successful Let It Loose album. The song became a big summer hit during 1988, reaching #3 in America and #9 here in Great Britain. However, by the time the song was released as a single, the co-writer Kiki Garcia had left Miami Sound Machine.
This beautiful love song was released during the summer of 1989 as the lead single from the album Cuts Both Ways, and reached #6 in the UK and topped the Billboard Hot 100. The video featured in the playlist is the official version.
The second single to be lifted from Cuts Both Ways was released on Sept 30th 1989 in the UK and US, but wasn't released until 1990 across europe. The single was made available in five formats including a cassette single (remember those?) and reached #11 in the US and #23 in the UK.
This popular ballad was released as the third single from the album Cuts Both Ways (during 1990 outside of the U.S.) However, the track was released during 1989 in the U.S. and UK. The UK CD Maxi-Single features a live version of Dr. Beat.
Also lifted from Cuts Both Ways, this single was released on Sept 14th 1989 in the UK and April 7th 1990 in the US. It was also made available on a UK limited edition maxi single. The video won International Viewer's Choice Award at the MTV Video Music Awards.