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Caterina Valente

Real Name:Caterina Germaine Maria Valente
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Italian (naturalized French) singer, guitarist ,dancer and actress.
Born 14 January 1931 in Paris, France.
Sister of Silvio Francesco, married to Erik van Aro from 1952 to 1971 and Roy Budd from 1972 to 1979.
Her father Giuseppe Valente was an accordionist while her mother Maria was a virtuoso musician (she played 33 instruments) and ballet dancer in Vaudeville.
In 1954 Caterina Valente introduced herself to European audiences with her recordings of "Istanbul" and "I love Paris". In 1955 Gordon MacRae presented her on the "Colgate Comedy Hour" as the "Malaguena" Girl. This was followed by the worldwide hit "The Breeze and I".
Las Vegas critics raved about the extraordinary talent of the young European vocalist who could sing in 12 languages and she soon found the spotlight on TV, at the Hollywood Palace and Dean Martin was so impressed he invited her on his TV show at least a dozen times. Danny Kaye, Perry Como and Bing Crosby often featured her as well, along with other TV hosts. In "The Entertainers" aired in 1964/65 she shared the bill with Carol Burnett, Dom DeLuise and Bob Newhart and was awarded the FAME Award as best vocalist on American television.
From the mid-fifties to the eighties German, Italian, Swiss and Austrian Television produced more than a dozen series of Valente-Shows and her guest spots over the globe are uncountable.
Among others, she has performed with Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, toured extensively in concert with Woody Herman, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Buddy Rich and has recorded with Sy Oliver, Claus Ogerman and Chet Baker just to name a few.
Born in Paris (January 14th 1931) of Italian parents, once married to a German then to an Englishman, Caterina Valente easily related to fans wherever she performed, particularly in Europe. She stormed the charts in Germany with "Ganz Paris träumt von der Liebe" and Tipitipitipso" becoming the queen of German Schlager. In Italy romantic ballads like "Nessuno al mondo" and "Till" brought her gold records. The Grand Prix du Disque was her award in France for "Bimbombey" and she topped the charts in the US and the UK with the before mentioned "Malaguena" and "The Breeze and I".
She starred in 12 European movie-musicals; is a virtuoso on the guitar, having strummed the instrument in an orchestra when only a teen-ager, and she danced
Major awards from Italy, Germany (2 crosses of merit), France (officer of artistic education), Brazil, Japan as well as the USA (including a best female vocalist Grammy nomination) document her artistic and civil achievements throughout the years.
In 1986, her 50th anniversary in show business was celebrated with a televised tribute entitled Bravo Caterina, and the Guinness Book of World Records recognized her as Europe's most successful female recording artist, with over 1350 albums to her credit.
"Girltalk" her last album of newly recorded material with harpist Catherine Michel was released to international critical acclaim in 2001.
In 2003 she retired from Showbiz with a last surprise appearance on Italian TV duetting with her son.
Today she resides in Switzerland.

Sites:caterinavalente.com , Wikipedia , Wikipedia , Wikipedia , adp.library.ucsb.edu
In Groups:Caterina Und Silvio, Catrins Madison Club, Club Argentina, Club Indonesia, Club Italia, Club Jamaika, The Valente Singers
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