This month I want to let you know one of the most fabulous singers that my country (Italy) has ever had: Mina. She was also an icon in the Sixties and in the Seventies that inspired a generation and many musicians because of her grit, versatility and provocative personality.
“If I didn’t have my own voice, I’d like to have the voice of a young Italian girl named Mina”
Sarah Vaughan, 1968
Mina Anna Mazzini was born in Busto Arsizio (a city in Lombardy, in the north of Italy) on 25th March 1940 to Giacomo, an industrial chemist, and Regina, and she had a brother called Alfredo.
In 1943 she moved to Cremona, where she attended an accountancy school, but then she left school to play in a rock'n'roll band called the Happy Boys.
|At the age of nineteen|
She began to cut records after her meeting with Davide Matalon, Italdisc's founder and record producer. Mina also worked with Broadway, another Matalon's record label, with the name of Baby Gate, that was abandoned after her success's begin.
In 1960 she entered Sanremo's festival (a popular pop music festival), but she didn't obtain much success. One year later she went to that festival to sing again, but she didn't win, so decided not to participate anymore.
A lot of her songs were written for her by several musicians and songwriters and she sang with musicians as Lucio battisti, Giorgio Gaber, Gianni Morandi, Adriano Celentano and others.
After an affair with the actor Corrado Pani, in 1963 she had her son Massimiliano. Since Corrado was still married to Renata Monteduro, that fact was considered scandalous so Mina couldn't appear in any TV show until many years later.
In 1978 she made her last appearance on TV and returned singing on stage.
After a long relationship in 2006 she married Eugenio Quaini and now lives in Lugano, after many decades of international success that still continues nowadays.
|With Lucio Battisti|
|With Giorgio Gaber|
|With Gianni Morandi|
|With her son Massimiliano|
|With Massimiliano and Corrado Pani|
These are the songs I love most
Se telefonando (1964)
Bang Bang (1967)
Parole Parole (1972)
Ancora, Ancora, Ancora (1978)
Grande, Grande, Grande (1972)