Day 135: Anything For You

Song: “Anything For You” by Gloria Estefan & the Miami Sound Machine
Reached #1: May 14, 1988 (her first, 2 weeks)

Two languages, one hit.

When you search YouTube for “Anything For You”, you’re taken to Gloria Estefan’s solo VEVO page – and the Spanish-language version of the song.  You have to go to the VEVO page for the Miami Sound Machine to get the English-language version.

And that, in a nutshell, tells you most of what you need to know about Gloria Estefan.  One foot in the American pop scene, and one foot in the Latin music world, and successful in both.

In the mid-‘70s, Gloria Fajardo was a translator at Customs at the Miami International Airport.  Reportedly, she was approached by the CIA to see if she wanted to go into the spy business… about the time she was approached by Emilio Estefan to see if she wanted to go out with him.  She chose Estefan and married him in 1978.  To this day, there are probably Cuban exiles in South Florida who wish she’d chosen the CIA… I mean, if she was this successful at music and acting, what could she have done to Castro?

Given how the entertainment business chews up marriages, it’s good to see that the Estefans have managed to keep both the working and professional relationships going for over 30 years.  And it’s been successful on both fronts – the couple is closing in on a value of $1 billion, with restaurants, hotels, and a piece of the Miami Dolphins in their portfolio… and, of course, they are still married and making music.  About the only major change was in the billing – it was clear that Gloria was the star of the act, so shortly after “Anything For You”, the Miami Sound Machine name came off.  The Machine is still her backing band, of course, but she’s billed as a solo act.

Most recently, she organized the Spanish version of “We Are The World 25” and finished her own Miss Little Havana album.

Tomorrow, what happens when the British Invasion meets Motown?  A #1 hit, of course…

Other songs that reached #1 on May 14:
1955 –
Two songs hit #1:
     – “Dance With Me Henry (Wallflower)” by Georgia Gibbs (her first, 3 weeks, Juke Box chart)
     – “Unchained Melody” by Les Baxter and his Orchestra (their first, 2 weeks, Disk Jockey chart)
1977 – “When I Need You” by Leo Sayer (his second, 1 week)

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