Cuban-American singer Celia Cruz gave spirit to the world and introduced millions to Latin music and soul. During her lifetime she became the most popular Latin artist of the 20th century and created a legacy that granted her nicknames including the “Queen of Salsa”, “La Guarachera de Cuba”, as well as “The Queen of Latin Music”.
Here are 20 facts you about La Reina you probably didn’t know about her.
1. She was famous for saying ¡Azúcar! for a certain reason.
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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!’”