Mina (Italian singer)

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Anna Maria Quaini OMRI (born 25 March 1940), known as Mina Mazzini or simply Mina, is an Italian singer. She was a staple of television variety shows and a dominant figure in Italian pop music from the 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 country's charts for fifteen years and reached an unsurpassed level of popularity. 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 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 public 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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Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Grande, grande, grandes éxitos Mina 1
1996 Mina & Battisti Mina & Battisti 1
1997 15 grandi successi di Mina Mina 1
1997 Brava Mina Mina 5 1
1997 Minantologia Mina 1
1998 Mina Gold Mina 1
1998 Sanremo Mina 1
1998 Studio Collection Mina 1
1999 I miti musica: Mina Mina 1
1999 Brava Mina 2 Mina 1
2000 Love Collection Mina 1
2001 Canzoni d'autore Mina 1
2001 Colección latina Mina 1
2003 In duo Mina 1
2004 La banda Mina 1
2004 Le origini Mina & Celentano 1
2004 The Platinum Collection Mina 1
2006 The Platinum Collection 2 Mina 1
2006 Ti amo... Mina 1
2007 Bravissima! The Best Mina 1
2007 Mina canta Sinatra Mina 1
2009 Cover Mina 1
2009 Riassunti d'amore: Mina con archi Mina 1
2009 Straniera Mina 1
2009 Per quando ti amo Mina 1
2009 Lo mejor de Mina Mina 1
2011 Canta en español Mina 1
2011 Se telefonando Mina 1
2011 Io Baby Gate Mina 1
2011 Je suis Mina Mina 1
2014 I Am Mina Mina 1
2015 The Collection 3.0 Mina 1
20 successi di Mina Mina 1
I successi di Mina Mina 1
Italian Classics: Mina Collection, Volume 1 Mina 1
Italian Classics: Mina Collection, Volume 2 Mina 1
Mina canta in spagnolo Mina 1
minantologia Mina 1
Oggi ti amo di più Mina 1
Rarità Mina 1
Samba & Bossa Nova Astrud, João Gilberto, Mina & Baden Powell 1
Una storia. Il mito Mina 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1968 Alla bussola dal vivo Mina 1
1992 Dalla Bussola Mina 1
2001 Sconcerto Mina 1
2001 Live '78 Mina 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1959 Tintarella di luna / Mai Mina 1
1961 Le mille bolle blu / Che freddo Mina 1
1962 Heißer Sand / Ein treuer Mann Mina 1
1963 Stessa spiaggia stesso mare / Ollallà Gigi Mina 1
2010 You Get Me Mina/Seal 1
2014 Itaca Mina 1
Don't Call Me Baby (Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You) Mina 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1960 Il cielo in una stanza Mina 1
2012 Rattarira Mina 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
España, mi amor... Mina 1
L'album di Mina Mina 1

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