Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Latin Music Legends: U.S. Postage Commemorative Forever Stamps Honor Entertainment Giants

AUSTIN, Texas, March 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Five legendary musicians and performers of the Latin sound whose contributions have had a lasting impact on American music — Selena, Carlos Gardel, Carmen Miranda, Tito Puente, and Celia Cruz — today were honored on U.S. commemorative Forever stamps. The stamps go on sale nationwide at Post Offices and online at usps.com/shop today.


"From this day forward, these colorful, vibrant images of our Latin music legends will travel on letters and packages to every single household in America," said Marie Therese Dominguez, vice president, Government Relations and Public Policy.


"In this small way, we have created a lasting tribute to five extraordinary performers, and we are proud and honored to share their legacy with Americans everywhere through these beautiful stamps," Dominguez said.


Among the distinctive musical genres and styles represented by the music legends featured on the Forever stamps are Tejano, tango, samba, Latin jazz and salsa. The honorees are:


Texas-born Selena Quintanilla-Perez (1971-1995) — known to fans simply as Selena — helped transform and popularize Tejano music by integrating techno-hip-hop beats and disco-influenced dance movements with a captivating stage presence. A Grammy recipient, the "Queen of Tejano" broke gender barriers with record sales and awards. Even after her tragic death, Selena remains an important representative of Latin culture.


A superb and evocative singer, Carlos Gardel (1890?-1935) was one of the most celebrated tango artists of all time. Raised in Argentina, Gardel helped popularize the tango in the United States, Europe and throughout Latin America through his performances and recordings. Known as "the man with the tear in his voice," also achieved fame as one of the stars of Spanish-language cinema.


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