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Miami is a major city in southeastern Florida, in the United States.

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Miami music

The South Florida recording industry started in Miami in the 1950s with Criteria Studios, recording top selling albums such as Rumours by Fleetwood Mac and Hotel California by The Eagles. Local music entrepreneur Henry Stone and his label, TK Records, created the local indie scene in the 1970s. T. K. Records produced the R&B group KC and the Sunshine Band along with soul singers Betty Wright, George McCrae and Jimmy "Bo" Horne as well as a number of minor soul and disco hits, many influenced by Caribbean music. Tom Dowd, an innovator in music engineering, worked out of Miami for many years and worked with a plethora of artists including Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Lynyrd Skynyrd. Tom Petty also came out of South Florida.

1970s–1980s

In the early 1970s, the Miami disco sound came to life with TK Records, featuring the music of KC and the Sunshine Band, with such hits as "Get Down Tonight", "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty" and "That's the Way (I Like It)"; and the Latin-American disco group Foxy, with their hit singles "Get Off" and "Hot Number". They were on the very same South Florida label that released the first disco song to become a #1 hit on the pop music charts, "Rock Your Baby" by Miami area native George McCrae in 1974. Other artists from that local label include Foxy, Peter Brown, Jimmy "Bo" Horne, Gwen McCrae, T-Connection, and Anita Ward. Miami native Teri DeSario was also a popular artist during the disco era. The Bee Gees moved to Miami in 1975 and have lived here ever since then.

Miami-influenced, Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine, hit the popular music scene with their Cuban-oriented sound and had hits in the 1980s with "Conga" and "Bad Boys".

1990s

The 1980s and '90s also brought the genre of high energy Miami bass to dance floors and car subwoofers throughout the country.

Cuban and Latino influences

The influence of Cuban culture and music history on the music of South Florida is undeniable. The 1997 hit album Buena Vista Social Club was performed by a group featuring former stars of the Havana nightclub scene. It won a Grammy, became a hit, and was listed in 2003 by Rolling Stone magazine as #260 in The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Cuban American female recording artist Ana Cristina was born in Miami in 1985.

MTV Latin America is based in Miami, serving residents in Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, and other Latin American countries since 1993.


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