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Caterina Valente

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  • Born: Paris, France
  • Years Active: 1950s, 1960s


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Caterina Valente (b. January 14, 1931, Paris, France) was born into an Italian circus family. Her mother was a clown and her father was an accordion player; as a child she worked in the circus as well. She performed in Europe as a singer for several years, but her career as an internationally known vocalist began in 1953 when she joined Kurt Edelhagen's band in Germany. She was soon signed to Polydor and made her recording debut for the label the same year. Her first big hits came soon after that. Two songs written by Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona charted in Europe and eventually England and the U.S. "Malagueña" was her first big hit, followed by "Andalucia," which, when re-released in an English version as "The Breeze and I," became a Top Ten hit in both the U.K. and the U.S. By this time, Valente had become a truly multilingual artist, performing her cabaret act and issuing recordings in six languages: French, German, Italian, English, Spanish, and Swedish. During the '50s and '60s she notched hits in the charts of many countries, including Italy ("Till," "Personalita," "Nessuno al Mondo"), Germany ("Ganza Paris Träumt von der Liebe," "Wo Meine Sonne Scheint," "Steig in das Traumboot der Liebe"), and France ("Bimbombey," "39 Fievere," "Saitôn-Jamais"). Her version of "La Golondrina" appeared on one of the first charity albums, 1963's All Star Festival. The proceeds from that album went to aid refugees. In the mid-'70s, Valente married her musical director, British jazz pianist Roy Budd, although the marriage was short-lived. She continued recording into the mid-'80s, issuing Caterina 86, a recording made with the Count Basie Orchestra.


Caterina Valente (born 14 January 1931, Paris, France) is an Italian singer, guitarist, dancer, and actress. She was born into an Italian artist family. Her father, Giuseppe, was a well-known accordion player; her mother, Maria, a musical clown. She had three siblings, one of whom, Silvio (as Silvio Francesco), was also active in show business.

Life and career[edit]

In 1952, she married the juggler Erik van Aro (Gerd Eric Horst Scholz). He recognized her talent and accompanied her in her initial years of worldwide success, although they later divorced. Their son is the singer Eric van Aro. In 1953, she made her first recordings with Kurt Edelhagen. Soon afterwards she achieved success with songs such as "Malagueña", "The Breeze and I", and "Dreh dich nicht um" with the Werner Müller orchestra. In 1955, she was featured on The Colgate Comedy Hour with Gordon MacRae. In the mid 1960s, Valente worked with Claus Ogerman and recorded material in both Italian and English that he arranged/conducted and/or composed on the Decca and London labels. Between 1966 and 1972 she was a frequent guest on the Dean Martin Show.

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In 1972, she married the British pianist Roy Budd. They had a son, Alexander, but they divorced in 1979.


In Germany she was a major performer of Schlager music. There she recorded Cole Porter's I Love Paris under the German title Ganz Paris träumt von der Liebe, which sold more than 500,000 copies in 1954. Over the years, she has recorded or performed with many international stars, including Louis Armstrong, Chet Baker, Perry Como, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Woody Herman, Claus Ogerman, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Sy Oliver, Buddy Rich and Edmundo Ros. In 1959, she was nominated for a Grammy Award. Valente was a principal, along with Carol Burnett and Bob Newhart, on the short-lived CBS variety series The Entertainers (1964–65). A briglia sciolta, the Italian jazz CD recorded in 1989 and re-released in later years under the titles Fantastica and Platinum deluxe, was her best-selling CD worldwide. In 2001, she released a new album, Girltalk, with harpist Catherine Michel.

In 1958, she filmed the musical comedy Hier bin ich – hier bleib ich (Here I Am, Here I Stay) which featured a guest appearance by Bill Haley & His Comets. During Haley's segment, Valente sings a duet with Haley on a newly recorded version of his song "Vive la Rock and Roll".

^ Bill Haley and The Comets - Vive le Rock'n Roll 

Awards (incomplete list)[edit]

1961 Bravo Otto, „Female singers“ Gold (also 1960, 1962 and 1963 in Silver)1964 "Europremio" European TV Award, Venice, Italy1965 „O Globo“ Award for Best Foreign Singer of Latin American music, Brazil1965 "FAME Award", USA1968 Bundesverdienstkreuz 1. Klasse ("1st Class Cross of Merit"), Germany1972 "Officier de l'éducation artistique" Officer of Artistic Education, Paris, France1986 „Großes Bundesverdienstkreuz der Bundesrepublik Deutschland“ Grand Cross of Merit, Germany1966 Goldene Kamera, Germany1990 Bambi, Germany1991 Goldene Europa „Lifetime-Award“, Saarbrücken, Germany1995 Bambi „Lifetime-Award“, Germany1998 Platin Romy Lifetime Award, Austria2002 Echo, „Lifetime-Award“ Germany2004 "Premio GABARDI", Lifetime Milano, Italy2005 Honorary Bambi, Germany


Album discography (incomplete)1.1 United States1.2 Brazil1.3 Peru1.4 Argentina1.5 Colombia1.6 United Kingdom1.7 Australia1.8 Germany1.9 Japan1.10 South Africa

Album discography (incomplete)[edit]

All the charts singles : http://artisteschartsventes.blogspot.fr/2015/01/caterina-valente.html

United States[edit]
The Hi-Fi Nightingale, 1956Olé Caterina, 1957, (Decca DL-8436)Plenty Valente!, 1957, (Decca DL 8440)A Toast To the Girls, (Decca DL 8755)Schlagerparade, (Decca DL 8852)More Schlagerparade, (Decca DL 4035)À La Carte - Caterina Valente Sings In French, (Decca DL 4050)Arriba!, 1959The Greatest... in Any Language!, (Decca DL 4052)Golden Favorites, (Decca DL-4504)Rendezvous with Caterina, (Decca)Fire & FrenzyCaterina Valente & Edmundo Ros Orchestra: , 1960Classics with a Chaser, 1960, (RCA Victor LPM-2119)Super-Fonics, (RCA LSP-2241)Great Continental Hits, 1962. DeccaSouth Of The Border, 1963.Valente In Swingtime, 1963. TeldecCaterina Valente's Greatest Hits, 1965. DeccaThe Intimate Valente, 1966. DeccaStrictly U.S.A., (London LL 3307)Songs I've Sung on the Perry Como ShowI Happen to Like New York, (London LL 3362)Valente & Violins, 1964. (London 3363)Sweet Beat, (London PS 536)Valente on T.V.Love, 1972. (London Phase 4), Stereo
Serenata d'AmoreA Poliglota da CançãoCaterina - A Cosmopolita, Polydor 46065Caterina Valente com Edmundo Ros
Caterina Cherie, Polydor 46310
Una Cita Con Caterina Valente (A Date With Caterina Valente), Polydor 24011, 10 inch LPOlé, Caterina!, (Polydor 25019)Un Brindis para las Muchachas, (Polydor 25048)Bueno... Clásico... y Popular! (Classics with a Chaser), (RCA Victor LPM-2119)Classics with a Chaser, (RCA Victor LPM-2119)
Cosmopolitan Lady, (Polydor 46065)A Toast To The Girls, (Polydor 46074)
United Kingdom[edit]
Caterina Valente & Edmundo Ros: Nothing But Aces, Decca 4157Great Continental Hits, Decca LK 4508Valente In Swingtime, 1963. Decca SKL 4537I Happen to Like New York, Decca LK 4630Caterina Valente's Greatest Hits, 1965The World of Caterina Valente, 1971. Decca SPA 192
I Happen to Like New York, World Record Club S/4384, 196?Great Continental Hits, World Record Club, 196?The Best of Caterina Valente, SUMMIT Karussell SRA 250-548 (on the cover)/2430 032 (on the label)
Plenty Valente!, 1957. Polydor LPHM 43.037A Date With Caterina Valente, Polydor 45 517Olé Caterina!, Polydor 46 029 LPHMWeltschlager mit Caterina Valente, 1959. Polydor Sonderauflage Bertelsmann J 53503, 10 inch LPIhre großen ErfolgeKonzert für Frack und Petticoat - Classics with a Chaser, RCA LSP-2119Super-Fonics, RCA LSP-2241Caterina Valente & Edmundo Ros: Latein Amerikanische Rhythmen, DECCA BLK 16184-PCaterina in Italia, Decca BLK 16211-PCaterina on Tour, Decca BLK 16213-PCaterina Valente & Silvio Francesco: Deutsche Evergreens, Decca SLK 16 189 PPariser Chic, Pariser Charme, Decca SLK 16266 PI Happen to Like New York, Decca SLK 16 290Wenn es Nacht wird in den Städten, 1965. Decca SLK 16 345Portrait in Music, Decca SLK 16 420-PHappy Caterina, Decca SLK 16485-PDie großen Erfolge (Decca ND 103, Stereo)Schlager, Lieder & Chansons, Decca ND 182Schlager, Lieder & Chansons 2, Decca ND 557Caterina Valente & Edmundo Ros: Olé Mambo, 1969. Decca 79 505Caterina Valente & Edmundo Ros: Latin together, Decca SLK 16849-PIch wär so gern bei Dir, Decca 6.22003The Best Of Caterina Valente, Polydor 184047Tanz mit Catrin, HÖR ZU TELDEC HZT 514Ganz Paris träumt von der Liebe - Caterina Valente singt ihre Welterfolge, 1970.Bonjour Kathrin – Caterina Valente präsentiert ihre größten Erfolge, 1965Bonjour Kathrin, Karussell 635 106
Cosmopolitan Lady, 10 inch LPCaterina Latin Album, 1963De Luxe Latin Album, 1966
South Africa[edit]
Latein Amerikanische Rhythmen, 1960Du bist Musik, 1956 (45106 LPH - Polydor Sternchen)

Selected filmography[edit]

Bonjour Kathrin (1956)Liebe, Tanz und 1000 SchlagerSchneewittchen und die 7 Gaukler

du bist wunderbar 1959 Dir Paul Martin 91 min

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