14 January 1931, Paris, France. From an Italian circus family - her mother was a clown and her father an accordion virtuoso - Valente made her circus debut as a child. Her career as a multilingual vocalist began in 1953 when she joined the Kurt Edelhagen Band in Germany. Valente made her recording debut for Polydor Records the same year, enjoying international success with two songs by Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona, Malagueña and Andalucia. In its English translation, The Breeze And I, the latter was a big hit in the UK and USA in 1955. Valentes cabaret act and her frequent recordings included material in six languages (French, German, Italian, English, Spanish and Swedish). During the early 60s, she recorded for Decca Records, and scored numerous European hits with such items as Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie, Honolulu Strand Bikini, Pepe and Quando, Quando, Quando. Her version of...
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