Mina Mina

Pop singer Mina Mina

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.
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Busto Arsizio
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  • 2010
    Age 69
    In 2010, Chicago band La Scala released a rock cover of her hit "Tu Farai" with Gretta Rochelle on vocals.
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  • 2007
    Age 66
    In 2007, Mina published Todavía, an album in Spanish and Portuguese, which reached #36 on the Spanish charts and #1 on the Italian charts.
  • 2003
    Age 62
    In 2003, the musical Mina... che cosa sei? based on Mina's songs was staged in Argentina, starring Elena Roger.
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  • 2001
    Age 60
    – Grand Officer Order of Merit of the Italian Republic: Awarded the second highest civil honour in Italy, by President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi on 1 June 2001.
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    President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi presented her with the Second Class of the Italian Order of Merit on 1 June 2001.
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    In 2001, Mina published the compilation album Colección Latina.
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    The break in Mina's TV appearances lasted until 2001, when she released footage of her recording sessions.
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  • 1989
    Age 48
    Starting in 1989, all of her records included the jazzy piano playing of Danilo Rea.
  • 1981
    Age 40
    Mina became engaged to her current husband, cardiologist Eugenio Quaini, in 1981. They were married on 10 January 2006 in Lugano.
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  • 1978
    Age 37
    Mina gave her last public performance on 23 August 1978 at the Bussoladomani theatre.
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    Her last concert appearances, a series of thirteen fully booked concerts at La Bussola in 1978, were cut short due to her illness.
  • 1974
    Age 33
    Mina's last live TV appearance was the final episode of the Milleluci series on 16 March 1974.
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    She recorded the theme song "Fa presto, fa piano" ("Works Quickly, Works Quietly") for the film La sculacciata, issued in 1974.
  • 1973
    Age 32
    Mina lost her husband Virgilio Crocco in a car accident in 1973.
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  • 1972
    Age 31
    Mina's comeback took place at RAI's variety series Teatro 10 in spring 1972.
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    Mina was the biggest seller of 1972.
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  • 1969
    Age 28
    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.
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  • 1968
    Age 27
    Each show was closed by Mina singing "Vorrei che fosse amore" ("Wish It Was Love"), a piece of atmospheric music by Bruno Canfora that was #50 on the best-selling singles chart for 1968 in Italy.
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  • 1967
    Age 26
    Mina continued to perform on Italian TV, and presented "Zum zum zum" on the spring 1967 variety series Sabato sera, accompanied by the NATO naval band.
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  • 1966
    Age 25
    In 1966, Mina started working with the Swiss Broadcasting Service and the Orchestra Radiosa in Lugano.
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  • 1965
    Age 24
    Mina's brother Alfredo Mazzini died in a car accident in 1965.
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    Her recordings of 1965 included the scatting performance of "Spirale Waltz", the theme song for the film The 10th Victim.
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  • 1964
    Age 23
    Her new melodic manner was demonstrated again on 11 December 1964 TV program Il macchiettario, where she performed "Io sono quel che sono" ("I Am What I Am").
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    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.
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  • 1963
    Age 22
    In 1963 Mina's TV and radio career was interrupted by RAI, the Italian public broadcasting service, as she refused to cover up her relationship (and resulting pregnancy) with the married actor Corrado Pani.
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    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.
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  • 1962
    Age 21
    In May 1962, she performed in Buenos Aires.
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    In a listeners' poll conducted in July 1962 in Germany, Austria, and the German-speaking portion of Switzerland, Mina was voted the most popular singer in the world.
    The presentation of her German single "Heißer Sand" on 12 March 1962 on Peter Kraus's TV show caused a boom of 40,000 record sales in ten days in Germany.
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    Mina performed on Spanish TV and at the Paris Olympia hall at the beginning of 1962.
  • 1961
    Age 20
    As her songs and movies were already popular abroad, Mina started to tour Spain and Japan, and performed on Venezuelan TV in 1961.
    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.
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  • 1960
    Age 19
    In 1960, Mina made her Festival della canzone italiana in Sanremo debut with two songs.
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  • 1959
    Age 18
    In late 1959, Matalon had her drop the name Baby Gate in favour of Mina.
    Her first Italian #1 hit was the up-tempo "Tintarella di luna" ("Moon Tan") in September 1959, which was performed in her first musicarello (musical comedy film), Juke box - Urli d'amore.
    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.
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  • 1958
    Age 17
    Her concert in September 1958, before an audience of 2,500 people at the Theatre of Rivarolo del Re, won enthusiastic approval from local critics.
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    While on summer holiday in Versilia on 8 August 1958, Mazzini gave an improvised performance of the song "Un'anima tra le mani" to amuse her family after a concert at the La Bussola night club.
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    After finishing high school in 1958, she attended college where she majored in accounting.
  • 1940
    Born on March 25, 1940.
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