GLORIA ESTEFAN AND MIAMI SOUND MACHINE
80S SONGS AND ALBUMS
by Mark Nobes, chief editor
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
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.
PRIMITIVE LOVE (ALBUM)
BAD BOY (1985)
LET IT LOOSE (ALBUM)
The penultimate album by Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine (1987) was re-released as Anything For You in Europe, UK and Australia in 1988. This is one of my favourite album sleeves and Gloria looks particularly ravishing!
RHYTHM IS GONNA GET YOU (1987)
CUTS BOTH WAYS (ALBUM)
The album features a varied and interesting mix of song styles and Gloria sings them all enthusiastically. Miami Sound Machine are on top form,too.
Five tracks were released as singles; Don't Wanna Lose You, Get On Your Feet, Here We Go, Oye Mi Canto (Hear My Voice) and the title track which was the only release not to make it into the UK Top 40.
DON'T WANNA LOSE YOU (1989)
GET ON YOUR FEET (1989)
HERE WE ARE (1989)
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.
OYI MI CANTO (HEAR MY VOICE) (1989)
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.