The band Miami Sound Machine was created in Florida, USA in 1973. Initially, it was a trio, which was called Miami Latin Boys. The trio consisted of Emilio, Juan Avila, and Enrique Garcia. All of them were born in Cuba, then moved to the USA with their families, and grew up in Miami.
In 1974, the band performed at a friend’s wedding. They were joined on stage by the singer Gloria Farjado (born 1 September 1957 in Havana). Initially, Gloria didn’t want to perform with the band. Later she agreed to become an occasional member since she was busy getting an education.
In 1975, the band changed its name to Miami Sound Machine. They recorded their first single ‘Renecer’. Two years later, the band recorded the album Live Again/Renacer with Audiofon Records. All songs were performed in Spanish.
In 1978, Emilio and Gloria tied the knot. The band recorded their next album Miami Sound Machine.
In 1979, the band signed a deal with CBS Records International and released another album Imported. Again, all the songs were recorded in Spanish. For the next six years, the group recorded Spanish-language albums, which were created for Latin fans in the USA. The LPs were popular among the Spanish-speaking population of the USA, Central and South America, as well as Europe. The band now had nine members.