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Caterina Valente

Caterina Valente

October 25, 1929 was a'black Friday' for Maria and Giuseppe Valente, who had lived in Paris with their three children Nina, Pietro and Silvio since 1924. Maria Valente was successful as a variety star on the world's major stages and was so well-known in the USA that she wanted to live and work with her family there. The stock market crash prevented these plans, because the Valente family, like so many others, lost all their savings. So they stayed in Paris, where the youngest daughter of Maria and Giuseppe was born on 14 January 1931: Caterina.

She admired her mother's versatility, perfection and great comedic talent. Maria Valente and her husband, an accordion virtuoso, also performed in important German variety theatres: the Hansa-Theater in Hamburg, the Scala in Berlin and the Friedrichsbau-Theater in Stuttgart. Here daughter Caterina was allowed on stage for the first time. She was five years old, danced in a ballet costume - a white tutu - and sang a song in French.

When World War II broke out in September 1939, the Valente family was in Switzerland for a guest performance and, like all foreigners, were expelled by the authorities. The Valentes were not allowed to return to Paris because Maria and Giuseppe Valente were Italian-born, the family had Italian citizenship. The forced departure to Italy meant for the children that they learned the language of the country in which their parents were born. In her autobiography'Bonjour, Katrin!' published in 1985, Caterina Valente describes the often very hard years of war and the early post-war years very impressively.

On her way to her solo career, Caterina had to break the fierce resistance of her parents, and she had to cope with additional disappointments. Thus a promising project with brother Silvio and the young Gilbert Bécaud failed; and a guest performance in a Paris club ended after only one evening, because the young singer had also been asked for animation services.

In November 1952 Caterina Valente and the German artist Gerd Scholz got married in Berchtesgaden. Scholz had worked successfully as a juggler under the name Eric van Aro before taking over the management of his wife. During a tour with the circus of the famous clown Grock, in which she appeared as a singer, the singer received an offer from Walo Linder, head of the entertainment department of Radio Zürich, in April 1953: he wanted to produce some songs of her choice for radio. Caterina's husband sent the recordings to German radio stations with Linder's permission. In Baden-Baden the bandleader Kurt Edelhagen, who is engaged with the Südwestfunk, heard the songs and recognized the singer's exceptional talent. After a test in the studio Edelhagen and his musicians knew that they had heard a highly talented singer who would make a huge career with the necessary portion of luck. Caterina Valente made her first recordings for the Hamburg Polydor at the age of 23.

Already at the end of the first year Caterina and Ganz Paris dreamed of love for her first German sung big hit, which was followed by many more, until today unforgotten Valente songs. The artist also celebrated her first major successes outside Germany. The compositions Malaguena and The Breeze And I by the Cuban Ernesto Lecuona from his'Adalucia Suite' paved the way for her international career.

Between 1954 and 1962 12 movies were made. After three supporting roles, Caterina took the leading role nine times in films that very often sold out the big cinemas. She also conquered the then still new medium of television with flying colours. In 1957 'Bonsoir, Kathrin,' started the first personality show on German television. The show was so successful that more and more sequels were created. Many more own show series and appearances as a star guest in the shows of great colleagues all over the world followed. Also in the USA Caterina Valente conquered the audience with artistic perfection and charm. Along with legends such as Louis Armstrong, Perry Como, Ella Fitzgerald, Dean Martin and Danny Kaye, she was (and still is) a world-class entertainer. Bing Crosby was astonished at one of her performances: "Amazing, Caterina, how you glide not only through the music but also through the English lyrics - because you are actually Italian".

Excerpt from the booklet BCD16931 - Caterina Valente Personalita - 1959-1966 (4-CD)
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Bouquet de Chansons (CD) Caterina Valente: Bouquet de Chansons (CD) Art-Nr.: CD071912

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(Merry Mood Media) 21 Tracks - Collection Chansons Rares
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Rendez-Vous With Caterina Valente (CD) Caterina Valente: Rendez-Vous With Caterina Valente (CD) Art-Nr.: CDMAR072

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(1997/Marginal) 27 Tracks - Her international 1950s-1960s recordings sung in different languages!
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Jazz Singer (CD) Caterina Valente: Jazz Singer (CD) Art-Nr.: CDJAH467

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(2017/SWR Jazzhaus) 18 tracks. Beginning of 1950, the chief of the Tanzorchester of the Südwestfunks Baden-Baden, Kurt Edelhagen, became aware of Caterina Valente and then promoted her with engagements. The early years around the...
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Chanson D'Amour(CD) Caterina Valente: Chanson D'Amour(CD) Art-Nr.: CDLATA214

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(2007/Lata) 14 tracks
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Edition 12 Caterina Valente: Edition 12 Art-Nr.: BFX15302

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LP on Bear Family RECORDS RECORDS by Caterina Valente - Edition 12
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Ganz Paris träumt von der Liebe (CD) Caterina Valente: Ganz Paris träumt von der Liebe (CD) Art-Nr.: CD32752

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(2006/Delta) 16 tracks
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Ihre grossen Erfolge (CD) Caterina Valente: Ihre grossen Erfolge (CD) Art-Nr.: CD833000

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CD on POLYGRAM RECORDS by Caterina Valente - Ihre grossen Erfolge (CD)
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Chanson D'Amour: 50 große Erfolge (2-CD) Caterina Valente: Chanson D'Amour: 50 große Erfolge (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CD2087448

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(2016/Music Tales) 50 tracks. Recordings from 1955 - 1961 in French language.
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Bonsoir, Kathrin! 1962-64 - Folge 7-10 Sammelbox (4-DVD) Caterina Valente: Bonsoir, Kathrin! 1962-64 - Folge 7-10... Art-Nr.: DVDHE610217

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(2015/Hoppe-SWR) PAL, Code 0, German, Dolby Digital 1.0/2.0, 16-page booklet, 4:3, s/w 1962-64, 240 Min. German TV Show from 1962-1964 hosted by the international show star Caterina Valente. Apart from mostly German guests, there were...
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Happy Caterina & The Caterina Valente Singers (CD) Caterina Valente: Happy Caterina & The Caterina Valente Singers (CD) Art-Nr.: CDLK4555

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(2015/Vocalion) 28 tracks (64:07) Happy Caterina (1967) & The Caterina Valente Singers (1965)
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Super-Fonics (CD Japan) Caterina Valente: Super-Fonics (CD Japan) Art-Nr.: CDBVCJ1009

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(1993/BMG Japan) 12 tracks - stereo
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Danke Caterina, Vol.3 (2-CD) 1954-62 Caterina Valente: Danke Caterina, Vol.3 (2-CD) 1954-62 Art-Nr.: CD2087307

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(2015/Music Tales) 50 tracks, original recordings incl. some tracks with her brother Silvio Francesco!
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So bin ich zu Dir (1975)...plus Caterina Valente: So bin ich zu Dir (1975)...plus Art-Nr.: CD4721294

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(2015/ELECTROLA) 15 tracks
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Edition 1 - Schwarzer Engel (LP) Caterina Valente: Edition 1 - Schwarzer Engel (LP) Art-Nr.: BFX15291

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(Bear Family Records) 16 tracks, 1954-1955
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Sus Cinquenta Grandes Exitos En Espaniol (1956-1960) (2-CD) Caterina Valente: Sus Cinquenta Grandes Exitos En Espaniol... Art-Nr.: CDRO54172

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(2009/RamaLama) 54 latin tracks with 16 page booklet (espagnol)
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Bonsoir, Kathrin! 1957-58 Folge 1-4 Sammelbox (4-DVD) Caterina Valente: Bonsoir, Kathrin! 1957-58 Folge 1-4 Sammelbox... Art-Nr.: DVDHE610170

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(2014/Hoppe/SWR) PAL, Code 0, Deutsch, Dolby Digital 1.0/2.0, 16 Seiten Booklet, 4:3, s/w 1957/58, 240 Min. Mit den Gästen: Peter Frankenfeld, Bibi Johns, Silvio Francesco, Hazy Osterwald Sextett, Erwin Lehn, Ray Anthony und vielen anderen.
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I'll Remember April et Baker: I'll Remember April Art-Nr.: CDBM856

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(2014/Blue Moon) 25 tracks (Germany 1955-58) plus 1960 bonus track by Chet Baker (77:45 Min.) digipac.
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Edition 8 Caterina Valente: Edition 8 Art-Nr.: BFX15298

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LP on Bear Family RECORDS RECORDS by Caterina Valente - Edition 8
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Sweet Beat - The Legendary 60s Pop Session Caterina Valente: Sweet Beat - The Legendary 60s Pop Session Art-Nr.: CD0159572

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(2005/bureau b) 13 tracks (Teldec 1968) digipac with 20 page booklet (Deutsch/English)
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Caterina En France (1962) & Pariser Chic, Pariser Charme (1963 - 1966) Caterina Valente: Caterina En France (1962) & Pariser Chic,... Art-Nr.: CDLK4524

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(2014/Vocalion) 24 tracks Stereo
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Wake Up And Shake Up & Ich wär' so gern bei dir Caterina Valente: Wake Up And Shake Up & Ich wär' so gern bei dir Art-Nr.: CDLK4528

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(2014/Vocalion) 24 tracks
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Live At The Talk Of The Town (2-CD) Caterina Valente: Live At The Talk Of The Town (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDLK4511

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(2014/Vocalion) 17 tracks 1969/70 Stereo.
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Die Großen Hits Caterina Valente: Die Großen Hits Art-Nr.: LP246412

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(1990/Teldec) 16 tracks, original recordings from 1959 to 1964!
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Classics With A Chaser (1959)...plus Caterina Valente: Classics With A Chaser (1959)...plus Art-Nr.: CDSEPIA1202

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(2012/SEPIA) 26 tracks
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Vol.2, Danke Caterina (2-CD) 1954-61 Caterina Valente: Vol.2, Danke Caterina (2-CD) 1954-61 Art-Nr.: CD9061951

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CD on UNIVERSAL RECORDS by Caterina Valente - Vol.2, Danke Caterina (2-CD) 1954-61
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Olé Plenty Valente (2-CD) Caterina Valente: Olé Plenty Valente (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDJAS695

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​(2011/Jasmine) 56 Tracks - Her American recordings sung in English and Spanish!
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Danke Caterina (2-CD) Caterina Valente: Danke Caterina (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CD618907

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(2011/KOCH) 50 Titel 1954-60.
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Bravo Caterina Caterina Valente: Bravo Caterina Art-Nr.: CDZYX208842

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Edition 2 Caterina Valente: Edition 2 Art-Nr.: BFX15292

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Personalita - 1959-1966    (4-CD) Caterina Valente: Personalita - 1959-1966 (4-CD) Art-Nr.: BCD16931

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4-CD DigiPak with booklet, 115 tracks. Playing time: 293:14. This collection contains every one of her 115 Italian recordings from 1959 to 1966, including more than 80 sides first time on CD! Chansons, movie soundtracks, cover versions,...
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Glücksbringer (2-CD) Caterina Valente: Glücksbringer (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CD589862

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(2002/UNIVERSAL) 44 tracks 1954-58
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Here's Caterina Valente (CD) Caterina Valente: Here's Caterina Valente (CD) Art-Nr.: CD905659

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(2008/DISKY) 20 original Polydor Titel zum Frühlingspreis. Sonderposten - wird nicht wieder aufgelegt - begrenzt lieferbar.
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Ole Caterina (& S.Francesco and their guitars Caterina Valente: Ole Caterina (& S.Francesco and their guitars Art-Nr.: CDACMEM106

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(2007/EL) 12 tracks (35:16) 1956 with 12 page booklet
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Je chante - C.V. en France 1959-63   (3-CD) Caterina Valente: Je chante - C.V. en France 1959-63 (3-CD) Art-Nr.: BCD16697

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3-CD-Album Digipak (8-plated) with 39-page booklet, 95 tracks. Playing time approx. 234 mns. The set contains all her 1959 ' 1963 French recordings. Enclosed are more than 80 songs on CD for the first time. It features songs written by...
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Ihre grossen Erfolge Caterina Valente: Ihre grossen Erfolge Art-Nr.: CD5309979

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(2008/UNIVERSAL) 17 Titel, 1955-65
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Go Latin ! & Latin Voices And Guitars Caterina And Silvio Valente: Go Latin ! & Latin Voices And Guitars Art-Nr.: CDLK4361

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(2007/VOVALION) 26 tracks 1966 & 1971 Stereo
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The Breeze & I Caterina Valente: The Breeze & I Art-Nr.: CDGSS5463

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(2007/IMC) 48 tracks
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Fire And Frenzy & South Of The Border Caterina Valente: Fire And Frenzy & South Of The Border Art-Nr.: CDLK4344

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(2006/VOCALION) 24 tracks 1960 (& Edmundo Ros Orch.) / 1963 (& Werner Müller Orch.) stereo
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The Hi-Fi Nightingale Caterina Valente: The Hi-Fi Nightingale Art-Nr.: CDACMEM87

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(2006/CHERRY RED) 19 tracks 1954/55
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Deutsche Evergreens - Wenn es Nacht wird in Caterina Valente: Deutsche Evergreens - Wenn es Nacht wird in Art-Nr.: CDLK4305

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(2006/VOCALION) 24 tracks - Deutsche Evergreens SKL 16189-P Stereo 1961 mit Heinz Kiessling und Studio Orchester & Wenn es Nacht wird in den Städten ND 625 Stereo 1965 mit Peter Alex, Klaus Eckert, Günther Kallman und einem gemischten Chor
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Platinum Caterina Valente: Platinum Art-Nr.: CDPDL1018

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(2004/BUTTERFLY) 14 tracks
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Somewhere Over The Rainbow-Treasure Box (4-CD) Caterina Valente: Somewhere Over The Rainbow-Treasure Box (4-CD) Art-Nr.: CD9876915

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(2006/UNIVERSAL) 80 Polydor Titel/tracks 40 Seiten/page Booklet - Mini Box 13.5x13.5 cm incl. 4 color papersleeves.
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Schlager, Lieder & Chansons - Sweet Beat Caterina Valente: Schlager, Lieder & Chansons - Sweet Beat Art-Nr.: CDLK4340

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(2006/VOCALION) 27 tracks (72:02) 1968 Stereo
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In Concert (DVD) Caterina Valente: In Concert (DVD) Art-Nr.: DVDBD5502

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(2005/BR) PAL, 4:3, B&W, Dolby, 18 tracks & interview, 1962/63; Tracks 8, 9, 10 & 11 with Silvio Francesco - Recorded July 1962 AVRO Studio in Hilversum, first broadcasted 4-8-1962.
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In Swingtime & Love Caterina Valente: In Swingtime & Love Art-Nr.: CDLK4272

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(2004/VOCALION) 24 tracks IN SWINGTIME 1963 SKL 4537 Stereo directed by Johnny Keating & LOVE 1972 PFS 5257 Stereo with Werner Müller and his orchestra.
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In London Caterina Valente: In London Art-Nr.: CD36862

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(2004/WARNER) 20 tracks arranged and conducted by Johnny Keating at Decca Studios 1963/64 - Digipack with 20 page booklet
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Greatest Hits & The Intimate Valente Caterina Valente: Greatest Hits & The Intimate Valente Art-Nr.: CDLK4236

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(2004/VOCALION) 24 tracks , Stereo, originally released as SKL 4737 and SKL 4756 in 1966 with the orchestras of Werner Müller and Heinz Kiessling.
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Great Continental Hits + Valente & Violins Caterina Valente: Great Continental Hits + Valente & Violins Art-Nr.: CDLK4125

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CD on VOCALION RECORDS by Caterina Valente - Great Continental Hits + Valente & Violins
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Du bist Musik - Die Filme (6-CD) Caterina Valente: Du bist Musik - Die Filme (6-CD) Art-Nr.: BCD15715

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6-CD box (LP format) with 182-page bound book, 157 tracks. Playtime approx. 382 minutes. In 1954 Caterina Valente's star rises radiantly in the German Schlager sky. After the first record successes, the film industry also became aware of...
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