Peak UK Chart Position: #16 in October 1989.
Happy birthday to Gloria Estefan, who turns 59 today. It was 1977 when she started out with the Miami Sound Machine, although recognition and success didn’t come for a further seven years, when “Dr Beat” went top ten in the UK. They had to wait another year for American success, with “Conga” reaching the Billboard top ten, but flopping over here.
1988 saw Estefan credited alongside Miami Sound Machine, and also saw their most successful period in the UK, with “Anything For You” and “1-2-3” going top ten. “Can’t Stay Away From You” made the top ten second time around in 1989, and “Don’t Wanna Lose You” matched the number six peak position of “Dr Beat” in becoming their biggest hit*. From this point, Estefan would be credited alone on all releases.
She suffered a fractured spine in a road traffic accident in 1990 from which she astonishingly made a full recovery after a year of treatment and therapy. Her comeback single “Coming Out Of The Dark” gave her a third (and final) American chart topper.
Back to 28th September 1989 then, and on a Top of the Pops that included Sydney Youngblood, the Beautiful South, and Wet Wet Wet – here’s “Oye Mi Canto” performed to an extremely lazy lighting show…
(* discounting “Doctor Pressure”, the “Dr Beat”-sampling track by Mylo in 2005, which got to number three)