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One of the most successful Latin crossover acts of the ’80s, Miami Sound Machine was formed in 1975 as the Miami Latin Boys, by keyboardist Emile Estefan, Jr. Performing at a wedding shortly afterwards, the group was joined by guest vocalists Gloria Fajado and her cousin, Merci Navarro Murciano. The two singers impressed the band so much that they were invited to become members, and with their acceptance, the band was renamed Miami Sound Machine. After recording four all-Spanish albums released by CBS Discos, Miami Sound Machine broke through to a much larger audience with their first English album, Eyes of Innocence, in 1984. The album included the dance hit single “Dr. Beat.” Their next album, 1986’s Primitive Love, included the tune “Conga!,” which became the first single to be simultaneously included on Billboard’s pop, Latin, soul, and dance charts. Two other singles, “Bad Boy” and “Words Get in the Way,” joined “Conga!” in the pop Top Ten that year, while several singles approached number one during 1987-88, all of which — “1-2-3,” “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You,” “Anything for You,” “Can’t Stay Away From You” — featured emerging star and lead vocalist Gloria Estefan with top billing.

Miami Sound Machine and Estefan were at their commercial peak when a semi-truck slammed into the back of their stopped tour bus on March 20, 1990. Estefan’s back was so severely broken that her surgery required 400 stitches, and two titanium rods were placed along both sides of her spine. The setback inspired a new direction for Estefan and Miami Sound Machine.


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  • DjsMix74

    ♥ ♫¸¸.• (◕ ‿ ◕) ♥ ♫ Pure 80's!!! ♥ ♫¸¸.• (◕ ‿ ◕) ♥ ♫

    17 Apr 4:59am Reply
  • AFtorum

    why is 'gay' on the groups? o_O [1]

    28 May 2014 Reply
  • iamvee

    They really should just merge this and Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine with Gloria Estefan's tag. It's all the same, the only difference being the name. It's been the same people playing with her since MSM days anyway and it doesn't seem like there was any bitterness or animosity over her name getting top billing anyway. (Probably because her husband is the creator of the band, but still lol)

    12 Jan 2014 Reply
  • richardneal

    Welcome to Yamaha DX-7 heaven.

    1 Feb 2013 Reply
  • BimboBoy

    I actually prefer to use the Gloria Estefan tag. :P

    11 Aug 2012 Reply
  • MXB2001

    Nope, not after 82. Much later, probably the 90's is when they started putting her name ahead of the band. Shameful but that's business.

    12 Mar 2012 Reply
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  • factorylashes

    Just bought this brilliant album '12" Dance- The Definitive Collection' and I don't buy albums anymore!;1;-1;-1;202&sku=249769 Thought you guys might appreciate it ('Dr Beat' is on CD2) and rattles through many of the greatest 12" Dance singles of our time. Ah the memories!

    5 Oct 2009 Reply
  • alexninomiya

    "The reason the plays are so low is because most people just have the songs tagged under Gloria's name." ...anyone here can tell me exact how albuns are from MSM? Some of then usually are tagged as Gloria Estefan & MSM... after 82 I think all albuns are tagged only as Glria Estefan...

    10 Jul 2009 Reply
  • danieljackson7

    why is 'gay' on the groups? o_O

    19 Feb 2009 Reply
  • DJ-RAM

    Bad Boy is a hymn

    10 Oct 2008 Reply
  • ohmario

    All the MSM singles have been rereleased w/ just Gloria's name in the anthologies.

    26 Apr 2008 Reply
  • ptparatroopa

    The reason the plays are so low is because most people just have the songs tagged under Gloria's name.

    13 Apr 2008 Reply
  • destiny77 would you like to join this group?

    12 Jan 2008 Reply
  • EvermoreRocks

    lol i heard the mylo verson

    16 Nov 2007 Reply
  • KimJongIl

    <3 msm!

    19 Sep 2007 Reply
  • Bevcrusherfan

    Damnit ppl, why does no one listen to them?! They're so great!

    5 Aug 2007 Reply
  • diedie2

    search for 'Miami Sound Machine' on Last.Fm, you'll see them more then one time (I found 3 links, including this)

    16 Jul 2007 Reply
  • steveorama

    Empty site and only 25k scrobbles, wtf?!

    29 Apr 2007 Reply
  • MadeofGlass9787

    Oh my god...I'm not the biggest fan or anything, but they're awesome, I can't believe there's nothing here...

    15 Jan 2007 Reply
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