La Lupe caused quite a sensation during her reign at the top of the Latin music scene in the 1960’s and early ‘70’s, where she was aptly called “The Queen of Latin Soul.” She went on to influence a host of female singers who have tried to emulate her dynamic stage presence, showmanship, and unique interpretation of the music. She has been the subject of movies, Broadway shows, and never ending accolades from a new generation of aficionados who still hold her in awe. But there was only one La Lupe!
Guadalupe “Lupe” Yoli was born in the small, rural town of San Pedrito, Santiago de Cuba in 1936. She described her hometown as “so poor that no one knew it existed until I got famous.” When she was a teenager, Lupe won a radio contest that enabled her to meet Olga Guillot, a popular Cuban singer in La Habana (Havana), and sing on the radio.
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