Celia, who passed away in 2003 at the age of 77, was one of the most iconic salsa singers of her time. She was a member of the Fania All-Stars, an assembly of some of the best salsa musicians of the time. Celia Cruz was known worldwide for her powerful vocals and trademark call of "Azucar!" which she shouted out during many of her perfomances.
Celia Cruz had a musical career that spanned 5 decades and nearly two-dozen gold albums. Some of the songs that Celia is well known for include Quimbara, Bemba Colora, Guantanamera, and Toro Mata, many of which a popular to this day.
Celia won numerous awards during her lifetime, including 7 Grammy awards for Best Salsa Album and Best Tropical Latin Performance and in 1994 she was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Bill Clinton.
Celia was born on October 21, 1925, in Havana, Cuba and it is great that Google is honoring her birthday with a Google Doodle. You can find out more about Celia Cruz at Salsa By The Bay and celebrate Celia's birthday by listening to some of her iconic music.