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Cuban 'Queen of the Bolero' dies at 87

By the CNN Wire Staff
By the mid-1940s, Olga Guillot had emerged as one of the most recognizable musical artists in Cuba, Notimex said.
By the mid-1940s, Olga Guillot had emerged as one of the most recognizable musical artists in Cuba, Notimex said.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Olga Guillot was known as the "Queen of the Bolero"
  • She died at a hospital in Miami
  • Her career spanned more than 60 years and included many awards
  • She split her time between the United States and Mexico

(CNN) -- Olga Guillot, the Cuban singer known as the "Queen of the Bolero," died at a hospital Monday in Miami, Florida. She was 87.

Her career spanned more than 60 years and included awards such as 20 Gold Records, 10 Platinum Records, and one Diamond Record, Mexico's official Notimex news agency reported.

Guillot was born in Santiago de Cuba in 1922, and moved with her family to Havana at a young age. There, together with her sister, she formed part of the duo the Guillot Sisters.

By the mid-1940s, she had emerged as one of the most recognizable musical artists in Cuba, and by the early 1950s was playing concerts throughout Latin America, Notimex said. One of her most memorable shows was a concert at Carnegie Hall in New York in 1964.

By then she had left Cuba following the Cuban revolution and split her time between Miami and Mexico.

"She was a musical genius and she will never be forgotten by all the lovers of Cuban music," Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, R-Florida, said in a statement. "Above all things, however, Olga Guillot was a Cuban patriot. I will always remember her with deep admiration and devotion."

Guillot is survived by her daughter.