Â It was this week in 1988 that Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine scored their first U.S. #1 hit, Â "Anything For You".Â
Â That song was one of four Top 10 hits from "Let It Loose", which went triple-platinum that year.Â "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You" "Can't Stay Away From You" and "1-2-3" were the other Top 10 hits.Â That particular album was the first under the billing "Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine".Â
Â Before 1985, the group recorded several Latin-language albums.Â Their first English-language LP, "Primitive Love", produced three Top 10 songs: "Conga" "Words Get In the Way" and "Bad Boy".Â
Â In 1989, Estefan recorded "Cuts Both Ways", the first album to be credited to her name alone, and it gave her "Don't Wanna Lose You", her second U.S. #1 single.Â On March 20, 1990, while touring in support of the album, she was involved in a serious accident when her bus was hit by a tractor trailer.Â The accident left her with a broken vertebrae which kept her off the road for more than a year and required extensive surgery.Â
Â However, Estefan, her husband Emilio, and their son all recovered, and in 1991, her album "In To the Light" gave her another chart-topper, "Coming Out of the Dark", a song inspired by that serious accident.Â
Â Enjoy the music!