August 22, 2003 |
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a new high school named in memory of "Queen of Salsa" Celia Cruz. The DeWitt Clinton High School-Lehman College Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music is scheduled to open in September. The 90 students enrolled this year will take academic classes at DeWitt and their music classes at Lehman College, where the music school will be located. The Cuban-born Cruz died last month from a brain tumor at 77.
October 31, 2004
I'd like to thank Agustin Gurza for his great article on Celia Cruz ("A Big Crown to Fill," Oct. 24). Celia was truly one of a kind and quoting my old friend Tito Puente, "Celia is just as much a musician as any of the guys in the band." Another one of my favorite female singers is Bobi Cespedes of Conjunto Cespedes fame. Her rendition of Lagrimas Negras from the CD "Una Sola Casa" is breathtaking. Bobi Cespedes is a wonderful singer and performer with mucho soul. Another Cuban import.
January 14, 1989
The late Andy Kaufman's tribute/parody should have buried the others-as-Elvis shtick forever, so the Orange County Performing Arts Center's (coming) "Elvis: A Musical Celebration," featuring three actor versions of the King, is an unnecessary and puzzling presentation. By digging up the bloated corpse of Elvis while ignoring the vital contributions of living contemporary musicians, the "Arts Center" reveals itself to be nothing but cold concrete anchored in mud. Only an inventive, diverse booking policy recognizing fine talents such as Celia Cruz, John Lee Hooker, Public Enemy, Yellowman, 3 Mustaphas 3, Eddie Palmieri, Kassav, B-H Surfers, Dwight Yoakam, Black Stalin, Flaco Jimenez, Jane's Addiction, Alpha Blondie, Pancho Sanchez, and Beausoleil--to name a few--will bring much-needed credibility (and patrons)
September 18, 1997 |
Aretha Franklin on "Days of Our Lives"? Tina Turner on "All My Children"? It's all but impossible to imagine our treasured divas plunging into the world of twisted love affairs and switched babies. Leave it to Celia Cruz--the hands-down Queen of Salsa--to show why it makes perfect sense.
December 9, 1989 |
Mention salsa in Orange County, and the name Rae Arroyo often enters the conversation. She is the Tuesday night host of the Latin Connection, which has been bringing the salsa sound to Orange County for 10 years on station KSBR-FM (88.5), which broadcasts from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. from Saddleback College. During the day, she and her husband, Damian, operate their record shop, the Salsa Connection, in Garden Grove.
September 12, 1991 |
* "I am confused and scared," admitted Brazilian superstar Xuxa after a plot to kidnap her was foiled in Rio de Janeiro. The plan was uncovered when a security guard called police about a car that was parked suspiciously outside a Rio studio where Xuxa records her TV program. Two men in the car opened fire on the police and a high-speed chase ensued. One suspect and a police officer were killed in a shootout.
May 11, 1998 |
What a crying shame. The Mavericks have earned back-to-back Country Music Assn. awards and platinum- and gold-selling albums. Yet in an ironic twist, the quartet has enjoyed success despite receiving very little mainstream country-radio airplay. The band further distances itself from the Nashville radio establishment with its new album, "Trampoline" (MCA), which sounds nothing like the formulaic country-pop of Garth Brooks, Terri Clark or Brooks & Dunn.
September 24, 2004 |
Salsa queen Celia Cruz was removed from a U.S. list of suspected communists in 1965 after she performed and raised money for groups trying to overthrow Cuban President Fidel Castro, according to newly released immigration documents. U.S. officials suspected in the 1950s that Cruz, who died last year of a brain tumor, supported Castro's communist government. She was refused a visa at least twice starting in 1952 because U.S. law at the time forbade entry to foreigners affiliated with communists.
July 18, 2003 |
Celia Cruz sent me a Christmas card in 1985. It was one of those that had a photograph on the front, the singer pictured in a festive red dress along with her dapper husband, musician Pedro Knight, his arm around her shoulder. Celia, as everybody knew her, also took the time to send me a couple of postcards while on the road, from Helsinki and Holland. She addressed them to "Amigo Agustin," always on behalf of her and her beloved Pedro.