Caterina Valente

Genres: Easy Listening Vocals
Descriptive "tags": jazz bossa nova schlager deutsche schlager female vocalists oldies schlageroldies german caterina valente vocal jazz pop 60s deutsche oldies 50s catarina valente italian vocal 70s easy listening Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

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. Valente’s 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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