Леа Иванова

Леа Иванова

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Лилия Иванова
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Bulgarian singer born August 13, 1923, Dupnitsa (Дупница) - Died May 28, 1986.

Леа Иванова grew up in Constantinople (Istanbul), where she sang in the children's choir of the Bulgarian Exarchate. In the early 40's went to Sofia with the intention of studying art. Her passion about music came stronger and she became a soloist of "Slavic Talk" (''Славянска беседа'') jazz orchestra, led by saxophonist Leon L'Alfàs (Леон Алфаса). In the early 50s she performed with various jazz and swing outfits. Late 1950s proved to be difficult for jazz music in Bulgaria, as the communist regime prohibited western influenced music. Starting in 1956 she worked with the orchestras of Christo Vuchkov (Христо Вучков) and Dimitar Ganev (Димитър Ганев), Big Orchestra Concert Directorate (conductors Boris Simeonov (Борис Симеонов), Emil Georgiev (Емил Георгиев)). Songs from this period are characterized with more popular and mainstream sound. Some of greatest hits were written in this era, which include a commercial jingle for a department store (TsUM) and Latin flavored song called "Chico from Puerto Rico".

In 1957 Lea began working with her husband, Eddie Kazasyan (Еди Казасян), who formed and led her own orchestra Eddy Kazassian Combo. Their partnership lasted for almost 30 years, until her death. 1960 - performed in Belgrade with Quincy Jones And His Orchestra. 1962, 1963 - performed at "Friedrich Shtadt Palace" in Berlin (7 shows for the season 1962-1963).

1963-1983 - worked mainly in Variety shows around the world. Her repertoire included French chansons, evergreens, Russian romances, Bulgarian folklore, Italian canzone. She shared stage with the likes of Gilbert Bécaud, Udo Jürgens, as well as and many other well known singers. Her performances in Bulgaria during this period were limited and sporadic.

Her music was forbidden in her own country and thus she remained largely unknown among the younger audience. Victim of censorship and unorthodox style, sometimes in the late 70s, Lea was imprisoned in a labor camp for promoting "retrogressive sound" and "obscene behavior". Soon after she was released, she had a stroke which put her in wheel chair. The stroke affected sense of rhythm and her ability to sing and perform. She was able to recover and perform in a spoken word until her final days.

Lea Ivanova has released albums in Hungary for "Qaliton", Germany for "Deutsche Vogue", Romania - "Electrorecord", Poland - "MUZA" and "Bulgaria - "Balkanton".
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Леа Иванова Discography

Albums

EDD 1024 Leia Ivanova* Și Cvartetul Vocal „Allegro“ – Sofia* Leia Ivanova* Și Cvartetul Vocal „Allegro“ – Sofia* - Muzică Ușoară Interpretată De Leia Ivanova Și Cvartetul Vocal „Allegro“ – Sofia(10", Album, Mono) Electrecord EDD 1024 Romania 1962 Sell This Version
LPX 7237 Lea Ivanova*, Eddy Kazassian Combo Lea Ivanova*, Eddy Kazassian Combo - Lea Ivanova, Eddy Kazassian Combo(LP, Album) Qualiton LPX 7237 Hungary 1963 Sell This Version
LPX 7310 Lea Ivanova*, Eddy Kazassian and His Stars* Lea Ivanova*, Eddy Kazassian and His Stars* - Lea Ivanova,Eddy Kazassian And His Stars(LP, Album) Qualiton LPX 7310 Hungary 1964 Sell This Version
ВТА 10412 Леа* Леа(LP, Album) Балкантон ВТА 10412 Bulgaria 1979 Sell This Version
BTA 11084 Леа Иванова Сувенир(LP, Album) Балкантон BTA 11084 Bulgaria 1982 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

1623 Леа Иванова, Ал. Николов* / Леа Иванова, К. Дюлгеров Леа Иванова, Ал. Николов* / Леа Иванова, К. Дюлгеров - Само Ти / Палома Балкантон 1623 Bulgaria 1954 Sell This Version
1648 Леа Иванова / Оркестър дир. Б. Елиезер* Леа Иванова / Оркестър дир. Б. Елиезер* - Негро Жозе / Танцувай С Мен(Shellac, 10") Радиопром 1648 Bulgaria 1954 Sell This Version
EDA 3011 Leia Ivanova* Și Cvartetul vocal „Allegro“ din Sofia* / Roxana Matei Leia Ivanova* Și Cvartetul vocal „Allegro“ din Sofia* / Roxana Matei - Historia De Un Amor / Patricia(Shellac, 10") Electrecord EDA 3011 Romania 1961 Sell This Version
EDA 3010 Leia Ivanova* / Cvartetul vocal „Allegro“ din Sofia* Leia Ivanova* / Cvartetul vocal „Allegro“ din Sofia* - Manuela / Eso Es El Amor(Shellac, 10") Electrecord EDA 3010 Romania 1961 Sell This Version
EDC 248 Leia Ivanova*, Cvartetul vocal „Allegro“ din Sofia*, Roxana Matei Leia Ivanova*, Cvartetul vocal „Allegro“ din Sofia*, Roxana Matei - Manuela Electrecord EDC 248 Romania 1962 Sell This Version
BTM 6537 Леа Иванова Леа Иванова(7", Single) Балкантон BTM 6537 Bulgaria 1971 Sell This Version
ВТК 3886 Т. Колев* / Леа Иванова Т. Колев* / Леа Иванова - Винаги В ЦУМ / ЦУМ, ЦУМ, ЦУМ Балкантон ВТК 3886 Bulgaria 1979 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

LML-12-85/644. Lea Ivanova* And Kazassian Combo* Lea Ivanova* And Kazassian Combo* - Twist-Twist(Flexi, 6", S/Sided, Mono, Card, Fot) Colorvox LML-12-85/644. Hungary Unknown Sell This Version

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