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Caterina Valente

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Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Born: January 14, 1931    

Caterina Valente

”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....
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Awards

Euro 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

Caterina Valente is simply the greatest female entertainer in the world! Jack O’Brian, Syndicated Column, USA, 1964
Ela è a maior do mundo! Folha de Tarde, BRASIL, 1968
Few, even among the celestial ones, reveal such proficency along with special magic Variety, USA, 1969
“… dass sie so vieles und vieles so ausserordentlich gut kann, dass sie alle Konkurrenten in ihrer Branchenumgebung lässig in den Schatten stellt und dass sie dem Sinatra auf jeden Fall die Stimme voraus hat” Die Zeit, Deutschland, 1969
Courez voir et entendre Caterina Valente! Sa voix est d’une pureté et d’une souplesse rares et tous son numéro est un feu d’artifice! Le Figaro, France, 1970
Don’t miss Caterina the great! A dynamic performer, in the same league as Sammy Davis Jr, Lena Horne... yes, and Barbra Streisand! Evening News, UK, 1970
Caterina is the greatest! Rand Daily Mail, South Africa, 1970
La piu’ eccezionale show-woman, che lo speccatolo abbia espresso in questi ultimi anni! EVA, Italia, 1972
Caterina is Europe’s answer to Doris Day, Barbra Streisand and Liza Minnelli all rolled into one! The Spectator, CANADA, 1976
Valente: A vocal superstar in any language! Los Angeles Times, USA, 1987
Caterina Valente, Imperatrice di tutte le musiche! Repubblica, Italia, 2000
  • Valente In Swingtime • Love

    Pye Records
    2004
  • Greatest Hits / The Intimate Valente

    Pye Records
    2004
  • In New York

    Pye Records
    2002
  • Caterina Valente '86 & The Count Basie Orchestra

    Pye Records
    1986
  • Caterina Valente '86

    Pye Records
    1986
  • Caterina Valente '86 With Count Basie Orchestra

    Pye Records
    1986
  • '86

    Pye Records
    1986
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