Celia Cruz was the Cuban-American singer who brought color and soul to the world. As the most popular Latin artist of the 20th century, Cruz has taken on various nicknames including the “Queen of Salsa”, “La Guarachera de Cuba”, as well as “The Queen of Latin Music”. Throughout her career, the Cuban-native spread a message of artistic freedom and gained the love and devotion of fans that spread well beyond the Cuban community.
Here are the top 25 facts you didn’t know about her.
1. There’s a story behind her ¡Azúcar! line.
CREDIT: @celiacruzonline/ Instagram
Celia Cruz explained in an interview how she came up with the term when a waiter asked her what she wanted in her coffee. “I was having dinner at a restaurant in Miami, and when the waiter offered me coffee, he asked me if I took it with or without sugar. I said, ‘Chico, you’re Cuban. How can you even ask that? With sugar!’ And that evening during my show… I told the audience the story and they laughed. And one day, instead of telling the story, I simply walked down the stairs and shouted ‘Azucar!’”