Nico (3)

Nico (3)

Real Name:
Christa Päffgen
Nico was born in Cologne on 18 October 1938.

She grew up with her mother in Lübbenau, a small town in the eastern part of Germany, before moving to Berlin where she began modelling which allowed her to work between Berlin, Paris, London and Rome. It was in Rome where she had her first movie appearance as 'Nico' in Fellini's 'La dolce vita'. In 1959 she moved to Paris where she had an affair with Alain Delon and gave birth to her only son, Aaron Christian, in 1962.

In London she met Brian Jones and recorded her first single, produced by the manager of the Rolling Stones, Andrew Loog Oldham: "The Last Mile/I'm Not Sayin'". When she began modelling in New York for Eileen Ford, she fed on amphetamines and speed. Bob Dylan introduced her to Andy Warhol and his new project, The Velvet Underground. She sang three songs on the Velvets' debut LP and played roles in several Warhol films, such as 'Chelsea Girls' and 'I, A man'. Warhol was fascinated by her androgynous look and her beauty. 'Chelsea Girl' (1967) was also the title of her first solo LP.

In California she fell in love with Jim Morrison who encouraged her to write her own songs. John Cale produced her next two albums, 'The Marble Index' (1969) and 'Desertshore' (1971) where she played harmonium and sang in a deep hypnotic voice. The seventies found Nico back in Paris where she lived with the avantgarde filmmaker Philippe Garrel. Films like 'La cicatrice intérieure' (1971) and 'Les hautes solitudes' (1974) had her play the main character and at the same time featured her strange beautiful music. She published another record, 'The End' (1974), including her interpretation of the Jim Morrison song. By this time she was addicted to heroin. After splitting up with Garrel, she lived in Manchester, partly with her son Ari, and toured all over Europe. 1981 brought first-issue of the LP 'Drama of Exile'.

In 1985 she recorded her last studio record, 'Camera Obscura'. In 1988, she spent the summer in Ibiza where she died in a bicycle accident, 18 July 1988. Her ashes are now buried in Gruenewald at Wannsee in Berlin, along with her mother. Several posthumous records like 'Hanging Gardens', 'Fata Morgana: Last Concert' and 'Nico Icon' reflect the quantity of admirers the chanteuse still has.
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Nico (3) Discography Tracks


The Velvet Underground & Nico (3) The Velvet Underground & Nico (3) - The Velvet Underground & Nico (Album) Verve Records US 1966 Sell This Version
Nico (3) Chelsea Girl (Album) Verve Records US 1967 Sell This Version
Nico (3) The Marble Index (Album) Elektra US 1968 Sell This Version
Nico (3) Desertshore (Album) Reprise Records US 1970 Sell This Version
Kevin Ayers - John Cale - Eno* - Nico (3) Kevin Ayers - John Cale - Eno* - Nico (3) - June 1, 1974 (Album) Island Records New Zealand 1974 Sell This Version
Nico (3) The End... (Album, Comp) Island Records Spain 1974 Sell This Version
Lutz Ulbrich Featuring Nico (3) Lutz Ulbrich Featuring Nico (3) - Lüül (Album) GeeBeeDee Germany 1981 Sell This Version
Nico (3) Drama Of Exile (Album) Aura (7) Sweden 1981 Sell This Version
Nico (3) Do Or Die! (Album) ROIR (Reachout International Records) US 1982 Sell This Version
Nico (3) Live In Denmark (Album) VU Records (3) France 1983 Sell This Version
Nico (3) The Drama Of Exile (Album) Invisible Records (11) France 1983 Sell This Version
CASS2 Nico (3) En Personne En Europe(Cass, Album) 1/2 Records CASS2 UK 1983 Sell This Version
Nico (3) + The Faction* Nico (3) + The Faction* - Camera Obscura (Album) PVC Records, Beggars Banquet UK 1985 Sell This Version
Nico (3) Behind The Iron Curtain (Album) Dojo UK 1986 Sell This Version
Nico (3) Nico In Tokyo (Album) Dojo, Castle Communications Germany 1987 Sell This Version
Nico (3) Hanging Gardens (Album, Comp) Restless Records, Emergo Japan 1990 Sell This Version
Nico (3) Chelsea Live (Album) Great Expectations UK 1992 Sell This Version
Nico (3) Nico's Last Concert "Fata Morgana" (Album) SPV Recordings Poland 1994 Sell This Version
Nico (3) Heroine (Album) Anagram Records UK 1994 Sell This Version
MKB 021 Nico (3) Live In Pécs 1985(Cass, RE, C90) Bahia Music MKB 021 Hungary 1994 Sell This Version
Nico (3) Janitor Of Lunacy (Album) Visionary Communications UK 1996 Sell This Version
Lou Reed, John Cale & Nico (3) Lou Reed, John Cale & Nico (3) - Le Bataclan '72 (Album) Alchemy Entertainment Italy 2003 Sell This Version
Nico (3) Reims Cathedral - December 13th, 1974 (Album) Cleopatra US 2012 Sell This Version
none Nico (3) Nico V Brně(LP, Album, Ltd) OS Fléda none Czech Republic 2012 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Nico (3) I'm Not Sayin / The Last Mile (Single) Immediate UK 1965 Sell This Version