07-05-07

Nana Mouskouri

 

Nana Mouskouri


Singer

Nana Mouskouri (born Ioanna Mouskouri on October 13, 1934 in Crete, Greece) is a Greek singer and politician. She is the biggest selling female singer of all time, in part due to her multilinguism; Mouskouri speaks Greek, French, English, Spanish, Italian, German and Portuguese.

She is noted for her trademark glasses.She sold more than 250 millions of her records all over the world and recorded about 1500 songs in 15 languages.
When Nana was 3, her family moved to Athens.

In 1950, Nana was accepted to study at the Athens Conservatory, but was expelled in 1957 after it was discovered that she was singing with a jazz group at night. She won first prize at the 1959 Greek Song Festival singing Manos Hadjidakis's "Kapou Iparchi Agapi Mou".

Her first hit was "The White Rose of Athens" (1961). "The Girl From Greece Sings", a 1962 album produced by Quincy Jones followed. In 1963, she was Luxembourg's entry in the Eurovision Song Contest with "À Force de Prier". Following that, she released the English language album "Nana Sings" (1965) and the French album "Le Jour où la Colombe" (1967).

Mouskouri was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in October 1993. She represented Greece in the European Parliament from 1994-1999.

She currently lives in Switzerland with her second husband, André Chapelle and still gives about 100 concerts each year. In 2004 her French record company released a big album with more than 600 songs of Nana on 34 CDs, and a biography booklet. For 2005 and 2006 she plans a huge concert tour in Europe, Australia, U.S.A. and Canada.


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