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Latin Music Icons Honored On Postage Stamps

WASHINGTON (AP) – Music giants Tito Puente and Carmen Miranda are bringing some Latin flavor to U.S. postage stamps.

A set of five forever stamps going on sale Wednesday also honors Celia Cruz, slain performer Selena and Carlos Gardel. They represent a range of Latin musical styles, including Tejano, tango, samba, Latin jazz and salsa.

Selena was gunned down in March 1995 in Corpus Christi. A woman who served as president of the Grammy award winner’s fan club was later convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

Formal ceremonies for the release of the stamps were held in Austin, Texas, as the stamps went on sale across the country.

Postal Service vice president Marie Therese Dominguez said the stamps are “a lasting tribute to five extraordinary performers.”

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