Tribute Concert to Celia Cruz: Yo viviré, Live (I will Survive)

Date: February / 25 / 2010 + Comments: 0

In 2002 the Salsa Queen Celia Cruz was diagnosed with brain tumor, and at the end of that year was under surgery. In 2003 this Tribute Concert was held by Telemundo to honor her return to the world of music, and her great recovery.

When it comes to Salsa Music, Celia Cruz is my favorite singer.

Yo Viviré

Yo Viviré is a Latin re-edited version of I will Survive, by Gloria Gaynor, released in 1978.

In this concert a lot of Pop Latin Singers appeared to join Celia in the scenery while singing her song. Her husband, Pedro Knight, admires her together with an standing ovation. When Celia starts to sing, the public that was clapping her just kept silence to hear her strong voice one more time, and probably the last time.

The singers are:
Gilberto Santa Rosa, José Feliciano, Marc Anthony, La India, Gloria Stefan, Los Trio, Luis Enrique, Tito Nieves, Rosario Flores, Milly Quezada, Olga Tañón, and Alicia Villareal (3:13), etc.

Paulina Rubio (minute 5:13) appears as part of the chorus.


Celia Cruz was born in La Havana on October 21, 1925. She is the second child of fourteen children. She died on July 16, 2003, she was 77 years old.

Her death: On July 16, 2003, she died of a cancerous brain tumor at her home in Fort Lee, New Jersey. She was survived by her husband Pedro Knight, who died February 3, 2007. After her death in New Jersey, her body was taken to Miami to lie in state in downtown Miami’s Freedom Tower, where more than 200,000 of her South Florida fans paid their final respects. Her body was returned to New Jersey where tens of thousands of fans paid tribute to her at the funeral home. A service was held for her in St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue. She was interred in a private mausoleum at the Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx; an epilogue in her autobiography notes that, in accordance with her wishes, Cuban soil that she had saved from a visit to Guantánamo Bay was used in her entombment.

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Post author: Daniel Semper

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