Marc Anthony's Enduring Career: From 'East Side Story' to 'I Need To Know' to 'La Gozadera' & More

Marc Anthony
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Marc Anthony performs in concert during his 'Cambio de Piel World Tour' at The Municipal Auditorium "Cortijo de Torres" on July 17, 2015 in Malaga, Spain.  

From Latin freestyle to international pop, movies, and of course salsa, some of Marc Anthony's top moments

Marc Anthony is going to have a big impact on this year's Billboard Latin Music Conference and Awards. 

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The multi-platinum recording artist and entrepreneur will be the subject of and participant in a Billboard Latin Music Conference panel titled Marc Anthony: Creating Music That Stands the Test of Time and is a finalist for six Billboard Latin Music Awards, which air live from Miami on April 28.

Anthony's storied career has taken him from freestyling in the New York barrio to international pop superstardom. He is an actor, business mogul and, of course, salsa legend. The singer holds the record for best-selling tropical/salsa artist of all time and the most No. 1 albums on the Billboard Tropical Albums year-end charts.

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As a warm-up to Anthony’s appearance at the Billboard Latin Music conference, we're looking back at his enduring career with some of its most memorable moments. 

East Side Story

Marc Anthony was a rising star in the New York Latin freestyle scene, rocking curls, huge glasses and an eager-to-please grin when he appeared the 1988 movie East Side Story, in which he is credited with his real name -- Marc Anthony Muniz. Anthony hangs at the disco with Safire and her posse in this testament to the gritty New York where Anthony came of age.

"Vivir Lo Nuestro"

A long-haired Anthony paired with La India, also a veteran of the New York freestyle scene, for this dramatic, hard-driving duet. The 1994 song would become a romantic salsa classic.

Todo a su Tiempo

While Anthony's debut studio album, Otra Nota, heralded his arrival on the salsa scene, his follow up recording, 1995's Todo a su Tiempo, confirmed he was destined for stardom. Both albums were produced by Sergio George, who gave them them the hard salsa sound with Latin pop appeal that would become his signature.

Todo a su Tiempo debuted at number one on the Billboard Tropical Albums chart. Eight singles from the album topped the Billboard Tropical Songs chart, including "No Hay Nadie Como Ella."

Big Night

Anthony charmed an audience far beyond the salsa crowd when he appeared alongside Stanley Tucci and Tony Shalhoub in the 1996 film critics' favorite Big Night. In his role as the silent kitchen assistant, Anthony proved his expressive talent goes beyond the concert stage.

I Need To Know

The sexy English-language pop song "I Need to Know" scored a crossover hit for Anthony at the height of the Latin pop explosion in 1999. It won the Latin Grammy song of the year and also nabbed the singer a Grammy nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.


Then-newlyweds Anthony and Jennifer Lopez offered this peak into their "bedroom" at the 2005 Grammys.

El Cantante

Anthony was a natural choice to play his hero, singer Hector Lavoe, in the 2006 biopic El Cantante.


For his 10th album, IconosAnthony paid homage to Latin lovers who came before him. For it, he covered beloved romantic ballads including this intense version of "Como Es El" originally by Jose Luis Perales.

"Vivir Mi Vida"

Anthony made an explosive salsa comeback with “Vivir Mi Vida,” the title track of his 2013 hit album 3.0

"La Gozadera"

Cuban duo Gente de Zona collaborated with Anthony on “La Gozadera,” a track true to its name (meaning a "good time" or "party" in Spanish) that is a finalist for 2016 Hot Latin Song of the Year, Vocal Event.

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