Nico (Christa Päffgen, German singer, fashion model, actress)

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Legal name: Christa Päffgen


Christa Päffgen (16 October 1938 – 18 July 1988), known by her stage name Nico, was a German singer, songwriter, actress and model. She had roles in several films, including Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita (1960) and Andy Warhol's Chelsea Girls (1966). Reviewer Richard Goldstein describes Nico as "half goddess, half icicle" and writes that her distinctive voice "sounds something like a cello getting up in the morning".

At the insistence of Warhol, she sang on three songs of the Velvet Underground's debut album The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967). At the same time, she started a solo career and released Chelsea Girl. Nico's friend, Jim Morrison, suggested that she start writing her own material. She then composed songs on a harmonium, not traditionally a rock instrument. John Cale of The Velvet Underground became her musical arranger and produced The Marble Index, Desertshore, The End... and other subsequent albums.

In the 1980s, she toured extensively in Europe, United States, Australia and Japan. After a concert in Berlin in June 1988, she went on holiday in Ibiza to rest and died as the result of a cycling accident.

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1967The Velvet Underground & NicoThe Velvet Underground & Nico4.738
1967Chelsea GirlNico3.44
1968The Marble IndexNico58
1974The End...Nico44
1981Drama of ExileNico1
1981LüülLutz Ulbrich featuring Nico1
1981Drama of ExileNico2
1985Camera ObscuraNico3
1990Drama of Exile (remake)Nico2

Album + Compilation

1971Andy Warhol’s Velvet Underground featuring NicoThe Velvet Underground featuring Nico2
1971Pop HistoryFrank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention / The Velvet Underground featuring Nico1
1985The Blue AngelNico3
1998The Classic YearsNico1
2002Innocent & VainNico1
2002Femme FataleNico1
2003Femme Fatale: The Aura AnthologyNico1
2003Femme Fatale: The Aura AnthologyNico1
2007The Frozen BorderlineNico51
2009My Funny ValentineNico1

Album + Live

1974June 1, 1974Kevin AyersJohn CaleEnoNico5
1983Live in DenmarkNico1
1983En personne en EuropeNico1
1986Behind the Iron CurtainNico3
1986Live HeroesNico2
1986Nico in TokyoNico4
1990Hanging GardensNico2
1993Do or Die!Nico1
1994Chelsea Girl LiveNico1
1994Live in Pécs 1985Nico1
1994Nico's Last Concert "Fata Morgana"Nico1
1996Le Bataclan '72Lou Reed, John Cale & Nico7
2000In Europe: Do or Die, Diary 1982Nico1
2001Janitor of LunacyNico1
2007All Tomorrow's Parties: LiveNico1
2008All Tomorrow's PartiesNico1
2012Reims Cathedral - December 13th, 1974Nico1


1965I'm Not Sayin / The Last MileNico1
1966All Tomorrow’s Parties / I’ll Be Your MirrorThe Velvet Underground and Nico51
1966Sunday Morning / Femme FataleThe Velvet Underground & Nico51
1985My Funny ValentineNico1
2000Reich Der TräumeNico1

EP + Live

1988The Peel SessionsNico3

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