Mina

Blues, Musical Artist

1940 –

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Who is Mina?

Anna Maria Quaini or Mina Mazzini, OMRI, known as Mina, is one of the most successful Italian singers of all time. 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. Mina dominated the Italian charts for fifteen years and reached an unsurpassed level of popularity in Italy. She has scored 77 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.

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Born
Mar 25, 1940
Busto Arsizio
Also known as
  • Anna Maria Mazzini
  • Anna Maria Quaini
  • Mina Anna Mazzini
  • Tigre di Cremona
  • Mina e i Solitari
  • Baby Gate
  • Anna Maria Mazzini Crocco
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Nationality
  • Italy
  • Switzerland
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Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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