Celia Cruz (Ursula Hilaria Celia Cruz Alfonso, Oct. 21, 1924 – July 16, 2003) was a Cuban singer of salsa. She lived in New Jersey and worked in several Latin American countries. Cruz, who had twenty-three albums of gold to her credit, was one of Cuba’s most successful performers in the 20th century. She earned the title of “Queen Of Salsa”. Leila Cobo, Billboard Magazine’s editor, once stated that Cruz was “indisputably” the most well-known and influential female figure in Afro-Cuban music history. Text contributed by users is available under Creative Commons By–SA License. It may also be available under GNU FDL.