Back in 1986 Billboard started it’s Latin American chart. Whilst a number of male artists, notably Ricky Martin, have had their singles enter at number one, no female artist has ever achieved such a feat. Well until now anyway as this week Gloria Estefan hit the top spot with her song “Hotel Nacional” in it’s first week of release. The song comes from her current album ‘Miss Little Havana’. It becomes only the 11th song in the history of the Latin chart to enter at the top.
Gloria’s full maiden name was Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo. She became Estefan when she married Emilio Estefan the leader of the Miami Sound Machine in 1978. While still at university she work as a translator for the US Customs Department at Miami Airport. She is fluent in Spanish, English and French. She was seen to be such a good linguist that it is alleged that the CIA once approached her to offer a job with the agency.