It all kicks off today, Sept. 15, with a look at 20 defining moments for Latin music in the United States.
1. 1941: Conguero Chano Pozo debuts with Dizzy Gillespie's orchestra.
2. 1955: Damaso Perez Prado’s "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White," which was used as the theme to the Jane Russell film Underwater!. spent an astounding 10 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard pop charts, making it one of the biggest instrumental hits of all time.
3. 1957: West Side Story, the first Broadway show to focus on New York's Puerto Rican immigrants, debuts on Broadway. The musical, movie and Latin-tinged soundtrack will become an iconic American work.
4. 1963: Elvis Presley's film Acapulco premieres.
5. 1964: The first U.S. bossa nova concert takes place at Carnegie Hall.
6. 1983: Scarface premieres. Directed by Brian de Palma and starring Al Pacino, the film about a Cuban drug dealer will influence more than one generation of hip-hop artists in the United States.
7. 1987: Linda Ronstadt releases Canciones de Mi Padre, the biggest-selling non-English album in U.S. history at that time.