Amália Rodrigues
Portuguese singer
Amália Rodrigues
Amália da Piedade Rodrigues, also known as Amália Rodrigues was a Portuguese singer and actress. She was known as the Rainha do Fado ("Queen of Fado") and was most influential in popularizing the fado worldwide. She was one of the most important figures in the genre's development, and enjoyed a 50-year recording and stage career.
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Em Tavira Carminho a fadista que encanta - Observatório do Algarve
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Os meus pais organizavam tertúlias de fado e em casa ouvíamos discos de Lucília do Carmo, de Fernando Maurício, de Amália Rodrigues”, conta. “De volta a Lisboa, estreei-me a cantar em público, aos doze anos, no Coliseu. A partir daí comecei a cantar
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Casa de Amália no Brejão recebe visitas - Jornal Hardmusica
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A casa de férias de Amália Rodrigues é visitada dia 25 pela Associação Diva Brejão, liderada pelo jornalista Mário Rui Pereira. Inicialmente a proposta desta pequena associação com perto de 30 sócios era dinamizar a casa da fadista que entretanto caíra
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Amália voltou a ser rainha no areal de Moledo - Diário de Notícias - Lisboa
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Irmãos, primos, amigos, a competição saudável entre artistas Com a ínsua de Caminha eo monte galego de Santa Tecla de fundo, a areia de Moledo serviu de inspiração a dezenas de artistas de palmo e meio e Amália Rodrigues, tal como logo ao lado,
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Casa de férias de Amália Rodrigues é visitada pela primeira vez desde a morte ... - RTP
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A casa de férias de Amália Rodrigues no Brejão, Odemira, vai ser visitada pela primeira vez desde a morte da fadista, há 11 anos, numa iniciativa da associação Diva do Brejão, foi hoje anunciado. O presidente da associação, Mário Rui Pereira,
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Morreu José Fontes Rocha, guitarrista de Amália Rodrigues (1926-2011) - Expresso
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José Fontes Rocha, um dos melhores intérpretes de guitarra portuguesa de sempre, distinguido com o Prémio Amália Rodrigues para Melhor Compositor de Fado em 2005, morreu ontem. Funeral será amanhã no cemitério dos Prazeres em Lisboa. ... -
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Morreu o fadista e estudioso de fado José Manuel Osório - Público.pt
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José Manuel Osório, distinguido este ano com o Prémio Amália Rodrigues Ensaio/Divulgação, tinha-se destacado nos últimos anos como investigador do fado, tendo coordenado as colecções discográficas “Fados da Alvorada” e “Fados do Fado” na etiqueta da
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Psychedelic Pioneer Yamanaka Dies - Pollstar (blog)
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His solo records were popular in Asia during the last two decades, and he even wrote a song with the late Portuguese fado legend Amalia Rodrigues, another close friend. In 2007, almost all the original members of Flower Travelin' Band reunited for a
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Camané distinguido pela Fundação Amália Rodrigues - Mundo Português
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Os fados interpretados em «Do Amor e dos Dias» valeram ao fadista Camané o prémio de melhor álbum do ano pela Fundação Amália Rodrigues, cuja lista de galardoados da sexta edição foi revelada em Lisboa. «Do Amor e dos Dias» foi editado em Setembro do ... - -
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Color portugués y caribeño en el Terral 2011 - La Opinión de Málaga
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El Teatro Cervantes (día 10, 20.00 horas) se abrirá para escuchar a una heterodoxa que es capaz de recordar con la misma garganta y capacidad emotiva a la mejor fadista de la historia, Amália Rodrigues, ya grupos de rock industrial o after-punk
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El Cigala antecedido pelos Ciganos dOuro - Jornal Hardmusica
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Do repertório de Mariza, o grupo escolheu “Ó Gente da Minha Terra”, de autoria de Amália Rodrigues e Tiago Machado. “Respeitámos o essencial do fado, mas procurámos dar-lhe uma matriz flamenca, desde logo não utilizando a guitarra portuguesa e optando
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Other movie releases - Taipei Times
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A story based on the life of Portuguese singer Amalia Rodrigues, an exponent of fado, a kind of Portuguese flamenco. It never does justice to its wonderful material. Director Carlos Coelho da Silva goes for a glossy portrayal of Amalia's mostly
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Ana Moura, Portuguese singer, flourishes with fado - San Francisco Chronicle
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"Fado is about soul," says the singer, who cites such stirring singers as James, Nina Simone and the late great Brazilian singer Elis Regina - as well as the immortal "queen of fado," Amália Rodrigues - as prime inspirations. Traditionally played by a
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The Bopst Show: Fuzzy Creatures (Episode 156) - RVANews
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Artists and Groups in order of appearance: Flash Gordon, Venom, The Meditations, Billy Strange, Lake Street Dive, Rosco Gordon, Forward Kwenda, Bad Company, The 49ers, Amália Rodrigues, Victim's Family, Santo & Johnny, Peter Wyngarde, Rev
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Folclore, fado e revista à portuguesa nas festas de Almeirim - O Mirante
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O cantor Mico da Câmara Pereira, um espectáculo de revista à portuguesa, fado de Coimbra e um espectáculo de homenagem à fadista Amália Rodrigues são alguns dos destaques das festas da cidade de Almeirim que se realizam entre 18 e 26 de Junho nos
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Portugal le canta a Madrid - El Mundo.es
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Este género luso se sube a los escenarios de Madrid con Carlos do Carmo, Cuca Roseta y Carminho acompañados por el 'workshop' de guitarra de Mario Pacheco –compartió escena con Amalia Rodrigues, la reina del fado-. Además, habrá charlas sobre el origen
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Feast for culture vultures - Bangkok Post
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Still only in her 30s, Katia received the ''Best Fado Singer 2010'' award from the Amalia Rodrigues Foundation. No one will fail to be enraptured by her alto voice and her ability to pull around the tempo of songs in dramatic surges _ alternately
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Amália Rodrigues
    TWENTIES
  • 1999
    According to her will the Foundation Amália Rodrigues was established. The foundation manages her legacy and assets, except her copyright, willed to two of her nephews. By the time of her death in 1999, Rodrigues had received more than 40 decorations and honors from France (including the Légion d'Honneur), Lebanon, Portugal, Spain, Israel and Japan.
    More Details Hide Details In 2007, she came in 14th in Portugal's election of Os Grandes Portugueses (The Greatest Portuguese). One year later, in 2008, a film about her life Amália was released, with Sandra Barata portraying her. Rodrigues was once considered by Variety as one of the voices of the century. She remains one of the most international of Portuguese artists and singers, and in Portugal, a national icon.
    Soon after she recorded what would become her last interview for television and the Cinématheque in Paris paid her a tribute in April 1999, with a showing of some of her movies.
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    As of 1999, she has sold over 30 million records worldwide.
    More Details Hide Details Amália remains the best-selling Portuguese artist of all time.
  • 1998
    In 1998 Rodrigues was paid a national tribute at Lisbon's Universal Exhibition (Expo '98), and in February 1999 was considered one of Portugal's 25 more important personalities of the democratic period.
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  • 1994
    In December 1994 she gave her last concert at the age of 74, within the Lisbon European Capital of Culture concerts and was operated on a lung soon after in 1995.
    More Details Hide Details Television specials, interviews and tributes were held. She released a new album with original recordings from the 1960s and 1970s, 'Segredo' (1997), and a book of her poems, including the ones she had sung: 'Amália: Versos' (1997).
  • 1990
    Rodrigues launched a final album of originals in 1990, 'Obsessão'.
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    Its director, Bruno de Almeida, has also produced Amália, Live in New York City, a concert film of her 1990 performance at The Town Hall.
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    Despite a series of illnesses involving her voice, Rodrigues continued recording as late as 1990.
    More Details Hide Details She eventually retreated from public performance, although her career gained in stature with an official biography by historian and journalist Vítor Pavão dos Santos, and a five-hour TV series documenting her fifty-year career featuring rare archival footage (later distilled into the 90-minute film documentary, The Art of Amália).
    In 1990 the celebrations of her 50th career anniversary started with a major concert in Lisbon's Coliseu dos Recreios at the age of 69.
    More Details Hide Details She was decorated by the President of the Republic on stage. Her voice had changed: it was lower but intense.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1985
    From 1985 to 1994, she enjoyed great international success.
    More Details Hide Details During these years she held concerts in France, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Israel, USA, in addition to Portugal.
    Rodrigues returned to the Olympia in Paris in 1985 for a series of concerts.
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  • 1983
    Her last all-new studio recording, Lágrima, was released in 1983.
    More Details Hide Details It was followed by a series of previously lost or unreleased recordings and two greatest hits collections.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1977
    Her return to the recording studio in 1977 with Cantigas numa Língua Antiga.
    More Details Hide Details Soon after Rodrigues suffered her first health troubles, which caused her to be away from the stage for a short period again, and forced her to concentrate on performing especially in Portugal. Those problems were followed by two very personal albums: 'Gostava de Ser Quem Era' (1980) (literally 'I Wish I Were Who I Was')and 'Lágrima' (1983): all these songs were written by her own hand, since she used the poems she herself wrote. In between she sang Frederico Valerio's songs again, in an album called 'Fado' (1982). The 1980s and 1990s brought her enthronement as a living legend.
  • 1974
    During the post-25 April 1974 period she was falsely accused of being a covert agent of the PIDE.
    More Details Hide Details During the Salazar years, Rodrigues had been an occasional financial supporter of some communists. At the same time she had occasionally expressed some admiration for Salazar himself. As a singer she was not involved in politics, before or after the Revolution. The democratic regime would decorate her far more than the dictatorship. During the 1970s Rodrigues had success particularly in Italy and Japan. She recorded an album of Italian traditional songs 'A Una Terra Che Amo' (1973) and made versions of her own songs in Italian. She recorded live performances in an album called 'Amália in Italia' (1978).
  • OTHER
  • 1968
    Her 1968 single Vou dar de beber à dor broke all sales records and her 1970 album Com que voz won a number of international awards.
    More Details Hide Details Having been given Portugal's Film Award for Best Actress for 'Fado' in 1947, once again she was awarded as Portugal's Best Film Actress in 1965, in a movie where she didn't sing. In between she performed in other genres: she recorded some of her old songs with an orchestra, recorded an album with jazz saxophonist Don Byas 'Encontro' (1968), and recorded an album of American songs with Norrie Paramor's orchestra, 'Amália On Broadway' which includes a rendition of 'Summertime', 'The Nearness of You'.. An important album in the 1960s was 'Com Que Voz', (1969), reprising many of her successes and adding a few more, all poems by Portuguese-speaking poets, and music by Alain Oulman. Rodrigues was at the height of her vocal and performing powers during the 1960s. During the 1970s Rodrigues concentrated on live concert performances.
  • 1965
    Her 1965 recording of poems by 16th century poet Luís de Camões generated acres of newspaper polemics.
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  • 1964
    Rodrigues appeared in Carlos Vilardebó's 1964 arthouse film The Enchanted Islands based on a short story by Herman Melville.
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  • 1962
    Her comeback album, 1962's Amália Rodrigues, was her first collaboration with French composer Alain Oulman (1929–1990), her main songwriter and musical producer throughout the decade.
    More Details Hide Details Oulman wrote melodies for her that transcended the conventions of fado. Oulman, created in that album, also known as 'Busto' (Bust), a different kind of fado, with more extensions and which introduced aspects attributed traditionally to opera: the legatos, the extension of the voice. Also in that record she sang her own poems ('Estranha Forma de Vida') and poems written by great Portuguese poets, like Pedro Homem de Mello, David Mourão-Ferreira and others. She created longlife successes, which became classics and immortal songs in Portugal, like 'Povo Que Lavas no Rio', 'Maria Lisboa' and 'Abandono'. Oulman, a left-wing intellectual, was arrested by Portugal's political police in 1966, and forced into exile, but he continued to contribute with his music to Amália. He left behind many compositions which would enable her to record his music. She resumed her stage career singing all over the world, including Israel, the UK, France, and returning to the USA for Promenade Concerts in Hollywood at the Hollywood Bowl, and New York City, accompanied by Andre Kostelanetz, both in 1966 and 1968, achieving an extraordinary success. She also sang in Soviet Union and Romania, among other countries.
    She then said she would sing only once in a while, but after a year's absence, she was no longer able to resist the appeal of the music. She returned in 1962 concentrating on recording and performing live at a slower pace.
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  • 1961
    Rodrigues was briefly married (1940–43) to a guitarist (divorced), and married the son of a Portuguese immigrant in Brazil, an engineer, César Seabra (1922–1997) in 1961.
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    In 1961, in Rio de Janeiro, she married César Seabra, a Brazilian engineer; they remained married until his death in 1997.
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  • 1956
    She performed at Olympia for 10 seasons between 1956 and 1992.
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  • 1954
    In 1954, Rodrigues' international career was reinforced through her presence in Henri Verneuil's film The Lovers of Lisbon (Les Amants du Tage), where she had a supporting role.
    More Details Hide Details By the late 1950s the US, Britain, and France had become her major international markets; Japan and Italy followed in the 1970s. In France she almost as popular as in Portugal, and she performed at the prestigious Olympia theatre. This led to the release of the album Portugal's Great Amália Rodrigues Live at the Olympia Theatre in Paris, in 1957, on Monitor Records (now under Smithsonian Folkways). Over the years, she performed nearly all over the world – going as far as the Soviet Union and Israel. In France she performed on television and became a well-known artist. Charles Aznavour even wrote a fado in French especially for her 'Aie Mourir Pour Toi' and she created versions of her own songs (Coimbra became Avril au Portugal, among others).
    Rodrigues became an international name in 1954.
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  • 1953
    She was the first Portuguese artist to appear on American television on ABC in 1953, and later to appear in Hollywood singing at the Mocambo in 1954.
    More Details Hide Details She also appeared on Mexican television.
  • 1950
    In 1950, while performing at the Marshall Plan international benefit shows, she introduced 'April in Portugal' to international audiences, under its original title "Coimbra".
    More Details Hide Details In the early 1950s, the patronage of Portuguese poet David Mourão-Ferreira marked the beginning of a new phase: Rodrigues sang with many of the country's poets, and some wrote lyrics specifically for her. Her relationship with poetry contributed to changes in traditional fado: leading poets started contributing and writing specifically for her. Rodrigues performed abroad in Spain (1943), Brasil (1945) with her first recordings, and Berlin (1950).
  • 1946
    Rodrigues began a career in the movies with a debut in 1946 with 'Capas Negras' followed by her best known movie, 'Fado' (1947).
    More Details Hide Details She became known abroad with trips to Spain, a lengthy stay in Brazil (where, in 1945, she made her first recordings on Brazilian label Continental) and Paris (1949).
  • 1940
    In 1940, she married Francisco Cruz, a lathe worker and amateur guitar player from whom she separated in 1943 and whom she divorced in 1946.
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  • 1939
    Her first professional engagement in a fado venue took place in 1939, and she quickly became a regular guest star in stage revues.
    More Details Hide Details There she met Frederico Valério, a classically trained composer who, recognizing the potential in her voice, wrote expansive melodies custom-designed for Rodrigues' voice. Valério also departed from the traditions of fado by adding orchestral accompaniment. Among those fados were 'Fado do Ciúme', 'Ai Mouraria', 'Que Deus Me Perdoe', and 'Não Sei Porque Te Foste Embora.' In the meantime Amália became a well-known singer in Portugal.
  • 1935
    Rodrigues started singing as an amateur around 1935.
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  • 1920
    Official documents give her date of birth as 23 July, despite the fact that Amália maintained that her birthday was in fact 1 July 1920.
    More Details Hide Details She was born in the Pena parish in Lisbon, Portugal. Her maternal family has its roots in Souto da Casa, a parish in Fundão, where Rodrigues's grandfather worked as a blacksmith. In the Parish Church of Fundão is the baptism certificate of Rodrigues, a document that was also published in the Journal of Fundão after the death of the singer, and the investigator Salvado J. Travassos discovered a birth certificate. According to the testimony of José Filipe Duarte Gonçalves, only his sister, Odette, was born in Lisbon, in addition to another child who died. Rodrigues grew up in poverty. Her childhood was almost destitute and she had to do odd jobs like selling fruit on Lisbon's quays.
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