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Emilio Estefan

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Emilio Estefan, Jr. (born March 4, 1953 in Havana, Cuba) is a Cuban-American of Lebanese ancestry who is a musician and producer. Estefan’s first taste of celebrity came as a member of the Miami Sound Machine, but he is currently better known as the producer of many famous singers. He is also married to famous Latin-Pop singer, Gloria Estefan.

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In 1968, Estefan moved to the United States, where he shared an apartment with 15 family members. He earned a living by running errands for neighbors, using an old car.

Estefan then began to work at local beauty contests, and at Bacardi, where he was employed as a mailroom worker. He later was promoted to the company’s Latin marketing department.

Estefan’s real passion, however, remained with music. He started a group which became known as the “Miami Latin Boys”. The group had success, being hired to play at multiple private parties and events around Miami. It was during one such event in 1975 that Emilio met Gloria Estefan, then Gloria Fajardo. He asked her to join their group, and the group was renamed “Miami Sound Machine”. In 1977, Gloria decided to join the band. In the band, Miami Sound Machine, Emilio played the accordion.

By the early 1980s, the group, which also included Cristina Saralegui’s future husband Marcos Avila, had become a major international band, with such songs as “Get on Your Feet” and “Conga” becoming number one hits in many countries.

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