Happy Birthday, Jaco Pastorius; Here's to Other National South Florida Legends

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5. Betty Wright 

Another veteran of the TK Records stable, Wright scored a massive hit with "Clean Up Woman," a song that became a soul standard. A teenage wunderkind, she went on to become a successful entrepreneur, producer, talent scout, and record company owner aside for a superb singer. Although her career has had its ups and downs, she remains a role model for numerous up and coming soul singers, among them, British singer Joss Stone.

4. Gloria Estefan 

No artist has done more to pioneer the Latin-Pop crossover than the woman South Florida continues to call its own. Together with her husband Emilio, she's created a veritable music empire, one which helped nurture a number of other young, rising Latin artists. One of the best selling artists in the universe, she's accumulated worldwide sales of over 100 million albums, nearly a third of them sold in the U.S. alone. Among her numerous accolades, she claims three Grammy Awards and four Latin Grammys.

3. Enrique Iglesias  

Like father, like son. Enrique calls Miami home, but he has the world at his command. After embarking on his singing career in the 1990s, he became the biggest Spanish-language artist of that decade prior to beginning a crossover into the mainstream English language market shortly thereafter. Iglesias can claim ten number one songs on Billboard's dance charts, more than any other single male artist.

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