Miami Sound Machine

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Miami Sound Machine
Origin Miami, Florida, United States
Genres Latin
Years active 1975-1976 as Miami Latin Boys
1977-1989 as Miami Sound Machine
Labels Audiofon, RCA Victor label, MSM (Miami Sound Machine) Records, Discos CBS International
Past members Gloria Estefan,
Emilio Estefan Jr.
Enrique Garcia
Juan Avila
Wesley B. Right
Roger Fisher
Gustavo Lezcano
Luiz Perez
Victor Lopez
Leo Villar
Betty Cortez

Miami Sound Machine is an American band of Latin-influenced music featuring the vocals of Cuban-born artist Gloria Estefan. The band was established in 1975 as Miami Latin Boys by Emilio Estefan Jr. and became hugely successful after the joining of Gloria María Fajado García later known as Gloria Estefan in 1977.

The band had a number of albums and a string of hit singles until 1989. The band's 1986 album Primitive Love credited the band whereas their follow-up album Let It Loose in 1987 adopted the name Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine. The latter was also repackaged as Anything For You with new cover art in the international release in Europe, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, starting in October 1988 through early 1989.

In 1989, the group's name was dropped altogether, and Estefan was credited as a solo artist. None of the original members of Miami Sound Machine currently perform with Estefan.

Beginnings[edit]

In 1975, Emilio Estefan Jr. formed a group they named the Miami Latin Boys. For a public performance at a Cuban wedding at Hotel Dupont, vocalists Gloria María Fajado García and her cousin Merci Navarro joined in. The two singers impressed the band so much that they were invited to join the band permanently with the band's name changing to Miami Sound Machine.

History[edit]

Starting in 1977, Miami Sound Machine began recording and releasing various albums and 45s on the Audiofon Records label in Miami. The first album from 1977 was entitled Live Again/Renacer and was released with two different covers. After several more releases on the Audiofon label as well as the RCA Victor label and Miami Sound Machine's own label MSM Records, the band was signed to Discos CBS International and released several albums, 45s, and 12"s beginning with the 1978 self-titled album Miami Sound Machine. Growing in popularity in both the United States and around the world, the group would continue recording and issuing various works for Discos CBS International through 1985.

In 1984, Miami Sound Machine released their first Epic/Columbia album, Eyes of Innocence, which contained the dance hit "Dr. Beat" as well as the ballad "I Need Your Love". Their more successful follow-up album Primitive Love was released in 1985 launching three Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100: "Conga" reaching number 10 on Billbioard Hot 100, "Words Get in the Way" reaching number 5 and "Bad Boy" reaching number 8 became follow up hits in the U.S. and around the world. "Words Get in the Way" reached number 1 on the US Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart, establishing that the group could perform pop ballads as successfully as dance tunes. The song "Hot Summer Nights" was also released that year and was part of the film Top Gun.

Their next album released in 1987 titled Let It Loose, went multi-platinum, with three million copies sold in the US alone. It featured the hits "Anything for You" reaching number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, "1-2-3" making to number 3, "Betcha Say That" to number 36, "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You" to number 5, and "Can't Stay Away from You" to number 6. "Can't Stay Away from You", "Anything for You" and "1-2-3" were all top charting singles on the Adult Contemporary hits as well. In that same year, Estefan took top billing and the band's name changed to Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine.

In 1989, the group's name was dropped, and Estefan has been credited as a solo artist ever since. None of the original members of Miami Sound Machine currently perform with Estefan.

In 1988, after the worldwide chart success of single "Anything for You", her Let it Loose album was repackaged as Anything for You. It became the band's first UK number 1 album, selling over a million copies. It was the biggest selling album of the year in The Netherlands, staying at number 1 for 22 weeks. The album also took top honors in Australia and Canada, launching Gloria Estefan to superstar status.

Members[edit]

  • Gloria Estefan - vocals
  • Emilio Estefan Jr. - percussions
  • Enrique Garcia - drums
  • Juan Avila - bass
  • Wesley B. Right - guitar
  • Roger Fisher - keyboards
  • Gustavo Lezcano - harmonica
  • Luiz Perez - trombone
  • Victor Lopez - trumpet
  • Leo Villar - trumpet
  • Betty Cortez - synthesizer

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

(Selective)

as Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine

References[edit]

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