Miami Sound Machine
In the 1980s Miami Sound Machine were the most successful Latino music group in mainstream America, scoring hits on Billboard’s Latin, pop, soul, and dance charts.
The band had started out in 1975 playing weddings as the Miami Latin Boys and soon added Cuban American vocalists Gloria Fajado (later Gloria Estefan) and her cousin, Merci Muriano. Renaming themselves Miami Sound Machine, the band released four Spanish language albums.
On their 1984 album, Eyes of Innocence, MSM fused the ballads and Latin pop epitomized by Julia Iglesias with disco, funk, and R&B and scored their first hit, Dr. Beat. Successive hits quickly followed, including Conga and Rhythm Is Gonna Get You, helping launch the Latin pop explosion of the 1990s.
Eventually, Estefan pursued a solo career and became the most successful crossover artist in the history of Latin music.