Pop Singer
Born Mar 25, 1940

Mina Anna Quaini, known as Mina, is an Italian pop singer. 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.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Mina.


1940 Birth Born on March 25, 1940.


After finishing high school in 1958, she attended college where she majored in accounting.
Her first hit with the band featured Mina performed an extra-loud, syncopated version of the popular song "Nessuno" ("Nobody"), which she performed at the first rock festival in the Milan Ice Palace in February 1959. … Read More


1960 20 Years Old In 1960, Mina made her Festival della canzone italiana in Sanremo debut with two songs. … Read More
1961 21 Years Old 1 More Event
At the 1961 Sanremo song festival, Mina performed two songs. "Io amo, tu ami" ("I Love, You Love") finished fourth and "Le mille bolle blu" ("A Thousand Blue Bubbles") placed fifth. … Read More
Mina performed on Spanish TV and at the Paris Olympia hall at the beginning of 1962.
1963 23 Years Old 1 More Event
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. … Read More
1964 24 Years Old 1 More Event
On 10 January 1964 she returned to the TV screen on the program La fiera dei sogni, and performed the song "Città vuota", a cover of Gene McDaniels' "It's a Lonely Town (Lonely Without You)", which was her first release on the RiFi label. … Read More
1965 25 Years Old 1 More Event
Her recordings of 1965 included the scatting performance of "Spirale Waltz", the theme song for the film The 10th Victim. … Read More
1966 - 1968 3 More Events
1969 29 Years Old Among them, bugiardo più che mai più incosciente che mai was Mina's first independent album to reach #1 of the weekly Italian charts and was the biggest selling album of 1969 in Italy. quando tu mi spiavi in cima a un batticuore was seventh on the annual record chart of 1970. … Read More


1972 32 Years Old 1 More Event
Mina was the biggest seller of 1972. … Read More
1973 33 Years Old Mina lost her husband Virgilio Crocco in a car accident in 1973. … Read More
1974 34 Years Old 1 More Event
She recorded the theme song "Fa presto, fa piano" ("Works Quickly, Works Quietly") for the film La sculacciata, issued in 1974.
1978 38 Years Old 1 More Event
Her last concert appearances, a series of thirteen fully booked concerts at La Bussola in 1978, were cut short due to her illness.


1981 41 Years Old Mina became engaged to her current husband, cardiologist Eugenio Quaini, in 1981. They were married on 10 January 2006 in Lugano. … Read More
1989 49 Years Old Starting in 1989, all of her records included the jazzy piano playing of Danilo Rea.


The break in Mina's TV appearances lasted until 2001, when she released footage of her recording sessions. … Read More
2003 63 Years Old In 2003, the musical Mina... che cosa sei? based on Mina's songs was staged in Argentina, starring Elena Roger. … Read More
2007 67 Years Old In 2007, Mina published Todavía, an album in Spanish and Portuguese, which reached #36 on the Spanish charts and #1 on the Italian charts.
2010 70 Years Old …  In 2010, Chicago band La Scala released a rock cover of her hit "Tu Farai" with Gretta Rochelle on vocals. … Read More
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