Celia Cruz was born in October 21, 1925 in Havana, Cuba. Her neighborhood in Havana of Santos Suarez, had a diverse musical climate became a growing influence. Cruz' mother supported her singing but her dad wanted her to be a teacher.
Cruz enrolled at the National Teachers’ College but dropped out soon after, since her life and radio performances around were gaining acclaim. Tempering her own growing ambitions with her father’s wish for her to stay in school, she enrolled at Havana’s National Conservatory of Music full-time singing career.
Cruz’s first recordings were made in 1948. In 1950, her singing career started its upward journey to stardom when she began singing with celebrated Cuban orchestra Sonora Matancera. Cruz became a U.S. citizen in 1961, and Fidel Castro, enraged by Cruz’s defection, barred her from returning to Cuba.