Maryla Rodowicz (born Maria Antonina Rodowicz, 8 December 1945 in Zielona Góra) is a Polish singer.
She studied at Liceum Ziemi Kujawskiej (Cuiavian Soil High School) in Włocławek and graduated from the Akademia Wychowania Fizycznego (Academy of Physical Education) in Warsaw. In her youth she participated in athletics among other things at Kujawiak Włocławek.
She has three children, Jan Jasinski (born in 1979) and Katarzyna Jasinska (born in 1982) with her first husband, Krzysztof Jasinski. She also has a son Andrzej Dluzynski (born in 1987) with her second (and present) husband Andrzej Dluzynski.
Her career began in 1967, after winning first prize at the Festiwal Piosenki i Piosenkarzy Studenckich (Student Songs and Singers' Festival) in Kraków. Two years later she recorded her first well-known song, "Mówiły mu" ("The girls told him", English version known as "Love Doesn't Grow On Trees"), and in 1970 - her first longplay. In 1973, she gained popularity with the song "Małgośka" with lyrics by Agnieszka Osiecka. A year later, during the World Cup Opening Ceremony in Munich, she performed a song "Futbol" ("Football").
The singer's body of work comprises over 600 recorded songs, with over 20 Polish albums as well as albums in English, Czech, German and Russian. Apart from "Małgośka", the artist's most famous songs are "Niech żyje bal" ("Long live the ball"), "To już było" ("Done that"), "Wielka Woda" ("Great water"), "Rozmowa przez ocean" ("Talk over the ocean"), "Bossanova do poduszki" ("Bedside bossa nova"), "Łatwopalni" ("Inflammables") and her latest album's hits such as "Wszyscy chcą kochać" ("Everybody wants to love") and "Będzie co ma być" ("What is to be, will be"). In 2005 she recorded an album Kochać (To love) with lyrics by Katarzyna Nosowska. On the occasion of World Cup 2006, she recorded a song "Za Janasa" ("For Janas") with Nosowska's lyrics.
Rodowicz has performed in concert worldwide: in Europe, America, Australia, and Asia. She has won awards for her singing. She has also participated in various festivals including outside the borders of Poland, for example in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Los Angeles, as well as in Poland including the Festiwal Piosenki i Piosenkarzy Studenckich (Student Songs and Singers' Festival) in Kraków and the Krajowy Festiwal Piosenki Polskiej (National Polish Song Festival) in Opole.
Rodowicz is also an actress who has performed in several movies and in musical entertainment. She regularly performs in a Polsat TV channel series Rodzina zastępcza (Foster Family).
In 1992 she released her autobiography under the title of Niech żyje bal.
Selected discographyŻyj mój świecie (Live, my world), 1970Wyznanie (Confession), 1972Maryla Rodowiczova (CSRS) (a Czechoslovakian release), 1972Maryla Rodowicz (NRD) (an East German release), 1973Rok (A year), 1974Sing-Sing, 1976Wsiąść do pociągu (To enter a train), 1978Cyrk nocą (A circus at night/A night lark), 1979Święty spokój (The sacred peace), 1982Maryla Rodowicz (ZSRR) (a Soviet release), 1983Był sobie król (There once was a king), 1984Gejsza nocy (The geisha of a night), 1984Polska Madonna (Polish Madonna), 1987Full, 1991Absolutnie nic (Absolutely Nothing), 1992Marysia Biesiadna (Folklore Marysia), 1994Złota Maryla (Golden Maryla), 1995Tribute to Agnieszka Osiecka. Łatwopalni (... Inflammables), 1997Przed zakrętem (Before the turn), 1998Karnawał 2000 (The 2000 Carnaval), 1999Niebieska Maryla (Blue Maryla), 200012 Najpiękniejszych kolęd (The 12 most beautiful Christmas carols), 2001Życie ładna rzecz (The life, a nice thing), 2002Maryla i przyjaciele (Maryla and friends), 2003Nejvetsi hity (a Czech release), 2003Kochać (To love), (60,000 copies sold) 2005Jest Cudnie (It's wonderful), 200850 (50), 2010Buty 2 (Shoes 2), 2011
The notable Polish Madonna written by Agnieszka Osiecka (an emotional portrait of an average Polish woman trying to make ends meet) contains clear Catholic symbolism and references to the social circumstances characteristic to Poland in the late eighties that marked the end of the communist era in Poland. In this song, the author questions whether the "Polish Madonna" (or, in other words, the Catholic Saint Mary, usually portrayed as holding baby Jesus in her arms) has enough money to pay for rent, promising her that the child will get a welcome allowance to the public kindergarten. The old communist promises are never fulfilled for her, and her dreams of having a lipstick "made in France" can only come true in her dreams. The song won the journalists' prize at the Opole festival in 1987.