Born: January 14, 1931
Caterina Valente is more a jazz singer than many artists so identified in the U.S. Her conception, phrasing, and timbre are exceptional. -Leonard Feather: The Encyclopedia of Jazz
“A VOCAL SUPERSTAR IN ANY LANGUAGE!” The Los Angeles Times said it, and who are we to argue?
In 1954 Caterina Valente introduced herself to European audiences with her recordings of “Istanbul” and “I love Paris”. In 1955 Gordon MacRea 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....
AwardsEuro Premio 1964/1965, Italy
2 Goldene Bildschirme, Germany
O Globo, Brazil
Fame Award (US TV-Oscar) 1965, USA
Goldene Kamera 1966, Germany
Bundesverdienstkreuz 1968 (Cross of merit), Germany
"Officier de l'education artistique” 1972, France
Honorary Löwe Radio Luxemburg 1978, Luxemburg
2 Goldene Europas, Germany
2 Bambis, Germany
Goldene Stimmgabel, Germany
Platin Romy 1998 Life time achievement, Austria
Grosses Bundesverdienstkreuz 1985, (Great cross of merit) Germany
Prix Walo Life time achievement, Switzerland
Echo 2002 Life time achievement, Germany
Premio Gabardi 2004 Life time achievement, Italy
Ehren Bambi 2005 Life time achievement, Germany
Valente In Swingtime • LovePye Records
Greatest Hits / The Intimate ValentePye Records
In New YorkPye Records
Caterina Valente '86 & The Count Basie OrchestraPye Records
Caterina Valente '86Pye Records
Caterina Valente '86 With Count Basie OrchestraPye Records
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