Mina (Italian singer)

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Anna Maria Quaini or Mina Mazzini OMRI (born 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 79 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 blonde 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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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 Il mare dei papaveri Riccardo Cocciante 1
1988 Das grosse deutsche Schlagerfestival der 60er Jahre Various Artists 4 1
1996 The World of Schlager der 60er Jahre Various Artists 1
2000 Tutti gli Zeri del mondo Renato Zero 2
2003 Lucio Lucio Dalla 1
2006 Claude Challe Presents Just Good Music Selected by Jean-Marc Challe Claude Challe 1
2007 Papito Miguel Bosé 3 4
2007 Stonata Giorgia 1
2009 Q.P.G.A. Claudio Baglioni 1
2009 Café Roma Various Artists 1
2010 Boogie Boogie Man Pino Daniele 1
Un uomo felice Riccardo Cocciante 1
Un'ora con loro Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1974 Palmarès 4 Various Artists 1
1987 Italian Graffiti 1960/61 Various Artists 1
1987 Italian Graffiti 1962/63 Various Artists 1
1987 Italian Graffiti 1964/65 Various Artists 1
1989 Das goldene Schlager-Archiv: Die Hits des Jahres 1962 Various Artists 1
1989 Hit Parade 1960-80 Various Artists 1
1990 Die schönsten Melodien für Millionen Various Artists 1
1991 Die Deutsche Single Hitparade 1962 Various Artists 1
1991 Die Deutsche Single Hitparade 1962 Various Artists 1
1992 San Remo: Los éxitos del festival Various Artists 1
1992 Schön war die Zeit... Various Artists 1
1995 Emozioni, Volume 4: Die schönsten Italo-Kuschelsongs Various Artists 1
1995 Selection of Italia Various Artists 1
1997 Fetenhits: Schlager Various Artists 1
1997 Schlagerkult Vol.1-3 Various Artists 1
1997 Mi innamoravo di tutto Fabrizio De André 3
1998 Schlager Bild: Die 50 größten Schlagerhits Various Artists 1
1998 Canto Morricone: The Ennio Morricone Songbook, Volume 1: The 60's Various Artists 5 1
1999 Käfer-Hits Various Artists 1
1999 10 anni di hit parade, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
2000 Die deutschen Singlehits der 60'er Jahre Various Artists 1
2000 Emozioni 2000 Various Artists 1
2000 Le canzoni del secolo, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
2001 Bungalow in: Love Various Artists 1
2002 Méga Chansons d'amour Various Artists 1
2002 Risiko 100 Various Artists 1
2002 Millennium Italia Various Artists 1
2003 Los números 1 de Discos Belter Various Artists 1
2003 Party Power Pack: Schlager Kult Various Artists 1
2004 The Best of the 1960's 70's 80's 90's Classic's Various Artists 6
2004 Les Plus Belles Chansons Napolitaines Various Artists 1
2004 This Is Bungalow: A DJ Mix by Le Hammond Inferno Various Artists 1
2004 Top of the Spot 2004 Various Artists 1
2005 Goldrake & Supersigle Various Artists 1
2005 Le storie di Mogol Various Artists 1
2005 Le più belle canzoni italiane di sempre Various Artists 1
2006 Vic van de Reijt presenteert van Du tot Da Da Da Various Artists 1

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