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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Spanish music a gogo : Karina

Karina was born Maribel Llaudes Santiago on December 4, 1945 in the Andalusian town of Jaén.She made her recording debut as Maribel Llaudes in 1961 with two unsuccessful covers of songs chosen from that year's Festival De La Canción De Benidorm.When the newly-christened Karina released her first 4-song EP on the Hispavox label in 1963, Spain was blessed with a new teenaged superstar-unquestionably the queen of Spanish Ye-Yé,and much-idolized for her blond hair and baby-faced good looks.Like French Ye-Yé favorite,Sylvie Vartan,Karina's early EPs (1963-1966) contained mostly lightweight cover- songs like John Barry's "Goldfinger",Serge Gainsbourg's "Oh Oh Sheriff",and Bacharach-David's "Always Something There To Remind Me".It was Karina's version of an Alberto Cortez song called "Me Lo Dijo Pérez" that took home the 1st prize at the Festival De La Canción De Mallorca in 1965.Not much of a surprise considering the lyrics of "Me Lo Dijo Pérez" read like a tourism ad for the town of Palma De Mallorca (the joys of splashing in the ocean/the never-ending parties in wonderful Mallorca).At the height of Karina's fame, she couldn't even go out shopping in Spain for fear of being mobbed by fans,and had to resort to traveling to London to buy her clothes.By the latter half of the sixties Karina no longer relied on cover versions for hits and worked with Spanish songwriters on chart-toppers like "El Baúl De Los Recuerdos" (1969), and "Colores" (1970).Karina's participation in the 1970 Spanish TV special Pasaporte A Dublín,a song contest that served as a warm-up to the 1971 Eurovision Song Contest,won her second place with the beautiful ballad,"En Un Mundo Nuevo".Karina married the composer of ""En Un Mundo Nuevo",a songwriter named Tony Luz who played guitar in a popular rock'n roll band called Los Pekinekes.Karina went through husbands like Liz Taylor,and rumor has it that she was married a total of seven times.After her quick split with Tony Luz, she took off to Bali and then returned to her hometown of Jaén soon after.Her last recording for Spanish label Hispavox was in 1977,but in the early eighties she made a minor comeback with some hit releases in Mexico.Karina recently made an appearance on the 2003 Spanish TV series Vivo Cantando where she competed against a line-up of contemporary Spanish pop stars.Welcomed back by a wildly enthusiastic audience,Karina broke down in tears after receiving the most national phone-in votes when she sang two of her biggest hits - "Romeo Y Julieta" and "En Un Mundo Nuevo".(adapted from the article at cha cha charming magazine by Lex Marsh) Big thanks to John Jhon from Spain for the songs!

Yeh yeh
Muñeca de cera (Poupée de cire,poupée de son)
Me lo dijo Pérez (The Mallorca twist)
Romeo y Julieta
El baúl de los recuerdos
En un mondo nuevo

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  • At 1:49 PM, Anonymous easytempo said…

    This is great! I have one Karina CD, but four of the tracks you posted are not on it.

    My favorite song of hers is "Yo Te Dire" -- so slinky and beautiful! Highly recommended!

  • At 4:03 AM, Anonymous YEYEOHYEAH said…

    Hello Bruno
    This was a real nice bulk post and it was great to hear Karina's songs.
    She certainly was a very attractive looking lady as well which is always a bonus.
    I enjoyed the good cover version of Peggy March's German no1 Romeo und Julia.
    Splendid stuff.

  • At 5:46 AM, Blogger Bruno said…

    HI easytempo,would love to hear "Yo te dire"!
    Hi yeyeohyeah,glad you like! :)

  • At 6:09 AM, Anonymous easytempo said…

    OK! I'll try to put it up on yousendit today for you.

  • At 7:44 AM, Blogger Bruno said…

    Thanks! :)

  • At 3:42 PM, Anonymous easytempo said…

    Hi Bruno,

    Just sent you a link to the track. Hope you like it!

  • At 8:09 PM, Anonymous colleen said…

    bruno -- your excellent taste never ceases to amaze me! xo c

  • At 1:07 AM, Anonymous ion said…

    WoW! Wonderful stuff. My next tattoo will bear your name.

  • At 10:47 AM, Anonymous Dan said…

    She did covers of "I only want to be with you (Ahora te puedes marchar)", "Oh, Carol", and "Be My Baby (Tu Seras mi baby)" ...

    She did another great song before her eurovision days called "Aire De Fiesta" which sort of has the same "marching band" sound as "Eu Un Mundo Nuevo".

    Can't wait to hear "poupee" in spanish!

  • At 8:09 AM, Blogger Bruno said…

    Hi easytempo,thanks for the link!
    Hi Colleen,nice to see you here again!
    Hi Ion and thanks for the songs!
    Hi Dan,I only knew the covers of oh carol and be my baby,thanks for the info! :)


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