Mina (Italian singer)

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Legal name: Anna Maria Mazzini

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Anna Maria Quaini or Mina Mazzini, OMRI (25 March 1940), known as Mina, is one of the most successful Italian singers of all time. She was a staple of Italian television variety shows and a dominant figure in Italian pop music from the mid-1960s to mid-1970s, known for her three-octave vocal range, the agility of her soprano voice, and her image as an emancipated woman.

In performance, Mina combined several modern styles with traditional Italian melodies and swing music, which made her the most versatile pop singer in Italian music. Mina dominated the Italian charts for fifteen years and reached an unsurpassed level of popularity in Italy. She has scored 77 albums and 71 singles on the Italian charts.

Mina's TV appearances in 1959 were the first for a female rock and roll singer in Italy. Her loud syncopated singing earned her the nickname Queen of Screamers. The public also labeled her the Tiger of Cremona for her wild gestures and body shakes. When she turned to light pop tunes, Mina's chart-toppers in West Germany in 1962 and Japan in 1964 earned her the title of the best international artist in these countries. Mina's more refined sensual manner was introduced in 1960 with Gino Paoli's ballad "This World We Love In", which charted on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1961.

Mina was banned from Italian TV and radio in 1963 because her pregnancy and relationship with a married actor did not accord with the dominant Catholic and bourgeois morals. After the ban, the Italian broadcasting service RAI tried to continue to prohibit her songs, which were forthright in dealing with subjects such as religion, smoking and sex. Mina's cool act combined sex appeal with public smoking, dyed blond hair, and shaved eyebrows to create a "bad girl" image.

Mina's voice has distinctive timbre and great power. Her main themes are anguished love stories performed in high dramatic tones. The singer combined classic Italian pop with elements of blues, R&B and soul music during the late 1960s, especially when she worked in collaboration with the singer-songwriter Lucio Battisti. Top Italian songwriters created material with large vocal ranges and unusual chord progressions 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. Shirley Bassey carried Mina's ballad "Grande grande grande" to charts in the U.S., U.K., and other English-speaking countries in 1973. Mina's easy listening duet "Parole parole" was turned into a worldwide hit by Dalida and Alain Delon in 1974. Mina gave up public appearances in 1978 but has continued to release popular albums on a yearly basis to the present day.

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Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1966 Studio uno 66 Mina 3
1967 Sabato sera: Studio Uno 1967 Mina 5 2
1969 Incontro con Mina Mina 5 1
1973 Frutta e verdura Mina 5 1
1974 Baby Gate Mina 5 1
1975 La Mina Mina 5 1
1975 Mina canta Lucio Mina 5 2
1976 Singolare Mina 5 1
1977 Mina con bigné Mina 5 1
1977 Mina quasi Jannacci Mina 5 1
1979 Attila Mina 5 1
1980 Kyrie Mina 5 1
1981 Salomè Mina 5 1
1986 Sì, buana Mina 5 1
1987 Rane Supreme, Volume 2 Mina 5 1
1989 Uiallalla Mina 5 1
1990 Ti conosco mascherina Mina 5 1
1992 Sorelle Lumière Mina 5 1
1993 Lochness Mina 5 1
1993 Mina canta i Beatles Mina 5 2
1994 Canarino mannaro Mina 5 1
1994 Mazzini canta Battisti Mina 5 1
1995 Pappa di latte, Volume 1 Mina 5 1
1995 Pappa di latte, Volume 2 Mina 5 1
1996 Cremona Mina 5 1
1996 Napoli Mina 5 1
1997 Leggera Mina 5 1
1998 Mina Celentano Mina & Adriano Celentano 5 2
1999 Olio Mina 5 1
1999 Nº 0 Mina 5 1
2000 Dalla Terra Mina 5 1
2001 Amanti di valore Mina 5 1
2001 Attila, Volume 1 Mina 5 1
2001 Mina canta o Brasil Mina 1
2001 Mina® Mina 5 1
2001 Plurale Mina 5 1
2001 Ridi pagliaccio, Vol. 1 / 2 Mina 5 1
2001 Mina 25, Volume 1 Mina 1
2001 Mina in studio Mina 5 1
2001 Mina quasi Jannacci Mina 5 1
2002 Veleno Mina 5 1
2003 Napoli secondo estratto Mina 5 1
2004 Una Mina d'amore Mina 5 1
2005 Bula Bula Mina 5 1
2005 L'allieva Mina 5 1
2006 Bau Mina 5 1
2007 Todavía Mina 5 1
2009 Sulla tua bocca lo dirò Mina 5 1
2009 Facile Mina 5 1
2010 Caramella Mina 1

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