Saturday, January 2, 2010
Palabras Mina Nazzini The Best
Birth name Anna Maria Mazzini
Also known as Baby Gate
Born March 25, 1940 (age 69)
Origin Cremona, Lombardy, Italy
Years active 1958–present
Labels Italdisc, Ri-Fi, EMI, PDU
Associated acts Adriano Celentano, Lucio Battisti
Mina Anna Mazzini OMRI (born Anna Maria Mazzini 25 March 1940), known as Mina, is an Italian pop singer with Swiss citizenship. For the great extension and agility of her soprano voice and her image as an emancipated lady, she was a staple of the Italian television variety shows and a dominant figure on the Italian charts in the 1960s and 1970s. During the performances, Mina combined several modern styles with the traditional Italian melody and swing music making her the most versatile pop singer in Italian music (alongside Carmen Villani). Mina dominated the Italian charts for fifteen years and reached an unsurpassed level of popularity in Italy. She has recorded over 1000 songs, 110 albums, sold 76 million records, and scored 70 singles in Italian charts. She gave up public appearances in 1978, but continued to release popular albums on a yearly basis to date.
Mina's TV appearances in 1959 presented the first female rock and roll singer in Italy. Her loud syncopated singing earned her the nickname Queen of Screamers. For her wild gestures and body shakes, the publicity also labeled her the Tiger of Cremona. Having turned to light pop tunes, Mina's chart-toppers in West Germany and Japan in 1962–1964 earned her the titles of the best international artist in the respective countries. Mina's more refined sensual manner was introduced in 1960 with Gino Paoli's ballad "Il cielo in una stanza", which charted in the Billboard Hot 100.
Mina's pregnancy and relationship with a married actor caused her to be banned from the Italian TV and radio channels in 1963 as her lifestyle did not accord with the dominant Catholic and bourgeois morals. After the ban, the Italian broadcasting service RAI continued trying to prohibit her songs which were forthright in dealing with subjects such as religion, smoking, or sex (e.g. the songs "Ta-ra-ta-ta" and "Sacumdì Sacumdà"). To her bad girl image, Mina added her sex appeal and her cool act featuring public smoking, dyed blond hair and shaved eyebrows.
Mina's voice has distinctive timbre and great power. Her main theme are anguished love stories performed in high dramatic tones ("Un bacio è troppo poco", 1965, "Portati via", 2005). The singer combined classic Italian pop with features of blues, R&B and soul music in the late 1960s e.g. the songs "Se stasera sono qui" (1968), "Deborah" (1968), and collaborations with the composer Lucio Battisti in 1969–1970. Top Italian songwriters created material with large vocal range and unusual chord progression to showcase her singing skills, particularly "Brava" by Bruno Canfora (1965) and the pseudo-serial "Se telefonando" by Ennio Morricone (1966). The latter song was covered by several performers abroad. Her ballad "Grande grande grande" was carried to the U.S., U.K., and Australian charts by Shirley Bassey in 1972