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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)
Read more at: https://www.bear-family.de/valente-caterina-personalita-1959-1966-4-cd.html
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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, jazz, and bossa novas by...

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Caterina Valente: Polydor Recordings 1954-1958 (8-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16307
 

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8-CD box (LP-size) with 146-page hardcover book, 209 tracks. Playing time approx. 603 mns. In 1954, Caterina Valente was a star in Germany, but had yet to break through in the English-speaking world. Then her record company had an idea which did not seem to hold...

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Caterina Valente: Du bist Musik-Die Filme (6-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15715
 

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6-CD Box (LP-Format) mit 182-seitigem gebundenen Buch, 157 Einzeltitel. Spielzeit ca. 382 Minuten.  1954 geht Caterina Valente s Stern strahlend am deutschen Schlagerhimmel auf. Nach ersten Plattenerfolgen wird auch die Filmindustrie auf die temperamentvolle...

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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 Paul Anka , Charles Trenet...

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Caterina Valente: Edition 13 - Arriba
Art-Nr.: BFX15303
 

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LP on Bear Family RECORDS RECORDS by Caterina Valente - Edition 13 - Arriba

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Caterina Valente: With A Song In My Heart (9-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16350
 

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9-CD box (LP-size) with 108-page hardcover book, 217 tracks. Playing time approx. 618 mns. Our 8-CD-box 'Stairway To The Stars' traced Caterina Valente 's route to the top from 1954 to 1958. Our new box, 'With A Song In My Heart', contains her English-language...

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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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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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Caterina Valente: International Caterina Valente
Art-Nr.: BCD15604
 

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1-CD with 8-page booklet, 28 tracks. Playing time approx. 74 mns.

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Caterina Valente: Meisterstücke (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD552301
 

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(2001/POLYDOR) 14 tracks 1954-75

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Caterina Valente: Platinum
Art-Nr.: CDPDL1018
 

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(2004/BUTTERFLY) 14 tracks

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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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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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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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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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Caterina Valente: Bonjour Catherine
Art-Nr.: CD543851
 

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(POLYDOR) 22 Titel​

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Caterina Valente: Mit 1000 Träumen durch die Zeit (6-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15827
 

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6-CD Box (LP-Format) mit 44-seitigem Buch, 165 Einzeltitel, Spieldauer 438:23 Minuten

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Caterina Valente: Classics With A Chaser (1959)...plus
Art-Nr.: CDSEPIA1202
 

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(2012/SEPIA) 26 tracks

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Caterina Valente: Super-Fonics (CD Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDBVCJ1009
 

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(1993/BMG Japan) 12 tracks - stereo

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Caterina Valente: Kurt Weill - American Songs
Art-Nr.: BCD16044
 

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1-CD with 22-page booklet, 10 tracks. Playing time approx. 66 mns. Caterina Valente is a superstar. She sold German Schlager records by the million, starred in countless musicals, movies, and television shows, and sang in several different languages. In 1990 she...

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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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Caterina Valente: The Breeze & I
Art-Nr.: CDGSS5463
 

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(2007/IMC) 48 tracks

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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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Caterina Valente: So bin ich zu Dir (1975)...plus
Art-Nr.: CD4721294
 

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(2015/ELECTROLA) 15 tracks

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Caterina Valente: Sus Cinquenta Grandes Exitos En Espaniol (1956-1960) (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRO54172
 

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(2009/RamaLama) 54 latin tracks with 16 page booklet (espagnol)

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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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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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Caterina Valente: Ganz Paris träumt von der Liebe (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD32752
 

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(2006/Delta) 16 tracks

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No image available 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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Caterina Valente: Chanson D'Amour(CD)
Art-Nr.: CDLATA214
 

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(2007/Lata) 14 tracks

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Caterina Valente: Die gr. Hits
Art-Nr.: 246412
 

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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 Valente: The One And Only
Art-Nr.: BCD15601
 

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1-CD with 8-page booklet, 29 tracks. Playing time approx. 74 mns.

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Caterina Valente: Edition 11
Art-Nr.: BFX15301
 

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LP on Bear Family RECORDS RECORDS by Caterina Valente - Edition 11

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Caterina Valente: Danke Caterina (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CD618907
 

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(2011/KOCH) 50 Titel 1954-60.

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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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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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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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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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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 Südwestfunks and the Süddeutsche...

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Caterina Valente: Bravo Caterina
Art-Nr.: CDZYX208842
 

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Caterina Valente: Glücksbringer (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CD589862
 

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(2002/UNIVERSAL) 44 tracks 1954-58

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Caterina Valente: Ihre grossen Erfolge
Art-Nr.: CD5309979
 

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(2008/UNIVERSAL) 17 Titel, 1955-65

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Caterina Valente: The Hi-Fi Nightingale
Art-Nr.: CDACMEM87
 

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(2006/CHERRY RED) 19 tracks 1954/55

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