Celia: Through the Years

  • Celia’s first Holy Communion 1936 in Havana, at Las Mercedes church. this is a test / Celia Cruz Estate Collection

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  • Celia at “LA MEDIA TORTA” in Bogota, Colombia circa 1960. Celia Cruz Estate Collection

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  • Promotional photo shoot by Herrera, Mexico circa early 1970’s. Celia Cruz Estate Collection

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  • Photo shoot by Armand circa 1958, Havana. Celia Cruz Estate Collection

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  • Celia receives a Doctorate in Music from Yale University, 1989. Celia Cruz Estate Collection

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  • Celia meets Tito Puente for the first time in Havana. In New York, starting in 1966, they would record eight albums together for Tito Records, and Celia would be introduced to a new audience. She recorded 23 gold records with Tito Puente, the Fania All Stars and other collaborators. Celia Cruz Estate Collection

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  • Promo shoot. Photo be Armand, Havana, 1958. Celia Cruz Estate Collection

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  • Photo shoot by Herrera in Mexico, circa 1965. Celia Cruz Estate Collection

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  • Promotional photo shoot in Mexico, photo by Herrera, circa 1960. Celia Cruz Estate Collection

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  • Celia 20 years old in Havana at a photo studio, circa 1945. Celia Cruz Estate Collection

  • Photo shoot by Armand circa 1955, Havana. Celia Cruz Estate Collection

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  • Celia performing at the Hollywood Palladium, November 1961. Celia Cruz Estate Collection

  • Celia performing “Live” on the Cascabeles Candado TV show at the CMQ Studios, Havana, 1959. Celia Cruz Estate Collection

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  • ARCHIVES OF CELIA CRUS-OMER PARDILLO Celia Cruz Estate Collection

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  • After numerous shows in Mexico, Celia returned to Cuba in February of 1960. Disenchanted with the Cuban government, she decides to leave the island in July of the same year. She would not return again until 1991 to visit Guantanamo U.S. Naval Base. Celia Cruz Estate Collection

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  • By the end of the 1940s, Celia was a well-known singer on the island, popular with both locals and tourists. She performed with various groups, including Anacaona Orchestra. Celia Cruz Estate Collection

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  • Members of La Sonora Matancera in the 1950s. Celia Cruz Estate Collection

  • Celia in a white cap and husband-to-be Pedro Knight, right, in snowy Central Park in New York City with fellow Cuban singer Orlando Laserie and his wife, Tita. Celia Cruz Estate Collection

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