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Dalida

The cover of Dalida's biggest selling single, "Gigi l'Amoroso", released in 1974.
Background information
Birth name Yolanda Christina Gigliotti
Born January 17, 1933
Cairo, Egypt
Died May 3, 1987 (age 54)
Paris, France
Genre(s) Exotica
Disco
Occupation(s) Singer
Actress
Instrument(s) Vocals
Years active 1956-1987
Label(s) Barclay (1956-1977)
Carerre (1978–1987)
Associated
acts
Alain Delon
Mina
Website Dalida - Le Site Officiel

Dalida (Born Yolanda Christina Gigliotti) (January 17, 1933May 3, 1987) was an Egyptian singer of Italian origins, born in Egypt,and lived most of her life in France. She received 55 golden records and was the first singer to receive a diamond disc. Image File history File links Please see the file description page for further information. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Dalida. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... is the 17th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... Nickname: Egypt: Site of Cairo (top center) Coordinates: , Government  - Governor Dr. Abdul Azim Wazir Area  - City 214 km²  (82. ... is the 123rd day of the year (124th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... City flag City coat of arms Motto: Fluctuat nec mergitur (Latin: Tossed by the waves, she does not sink) The Eiffel Tower in Paris, as seen from the esplanade du Trocadéro. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Martin Dennys breakthrough album, Exotica Exotica is a musical genre, named after the 1957 Martin Denny album of the same title, popular during the late 1950s to mid 1960s typically with the suburban set who came of age during World War II. The musical colloquialism exotica means tropical ersatz... Disco is a genre of dance-oriented pop music that was popularized in dance clubs (discothèques) in the mid-1970s, and which dominated mainstream pop until the late 1970s. ... A singer is a musician who uses their voice to produce music. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... A singer is a musician who uses their voice to produce music. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Alain Delon (born 8 November 1935) is a French-born actor, one of the best known outside his native country. ... Anna Maria Mazzini (born March 25, 1940), known as Mina, is a popular Italian singer. ... is the 17th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... is the 123rd day of the year (124th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Genealogy is the study and tracing of family pedigrees. ...

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Early life

Dalida was born Iolanda Gigliotti to upper-class parents in Cairo, Egypt. Her family was of Italian origin, her grandparents having emigrated at the turn of the century from Calabria. The middle child between two brothers, Orlando and Bruno (who would later in her career change his name to Orlando like his brother and become her manager). Dalida’s father was the principal violinist for the Cairo Opera. Dalida’s early life was spent in the district of Choubra, where she attended Catholic school. Nickname: Egypt: Site of Cairo (top center) Coordinates: , Government  - Governor Dr. Abdul Azim Wazir Area  - City 214 km²  (82. ... Cliffside dwellings in Tropea. ...


In 1951, Dalida entered a beauty pageant, and shortly after began working as a model for a Cairo-based fashion house. In 1954, she entered the Miss Egypt pageant, and was awarded first prize. It was here she was spotted by French director Marc de Gastyne, and, much to the reluctance of her parents, she moved to Paris on Christmas Eve of the same year with the intention of pursuing a career in motion pictures. It was about this time she adopted the namesake Dalila, which was shortly thereafter changed to the more familiar Dalida. Nickname: Egypt: Site of Cairo (top center) Coordinates: , Government  - Governor Dr. Abdul Azim Wazir Area  - City 214 km²  (82. ... Miss Egypt is an Egyptian beauty queen. ... City flag City coat of arms Motto: Fluctuat nec mergitur (Latin: Tossed by the waves, she does not sink) The Eiffel Tower in Paris, as seen from the esplanade du Trocadéro. ...


Dalida performed in more than 10 languages including: French, Italian, Arabic, German, Spanish, Hebrew, English, Dutch, Japanese, and Greek. Arabic ( or just ) is the largest living member of the Semitic language family in terms of speakers. ... “Hebrew” redirects here. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ...


Career 1956-1976

Dalida’s quest for a career in French cinema proved to be of limited success. Instead, she began taking singing lessons, and was booked as a cabaret act on the Champs Elysées, which proved successful. Performing the song "Etrangère au Paradis" in a variety show at Coquatrix’s recently-opened Paris Olympia theatre, Dalida was introduced to Lucien Morisse and Eddie Barclay, who played a considerable part in launching the starlet’s career. Morisse was artistic producer of the popular Radio Europe 1, and Barclay an established record producer. After signing a recording contract with Barclay, Dalida’s debut single “Madonna” was promoted heavily by Morisse, and was a moderate success. However, the release of “Bambino” in 1956 would prove to be even more triumphant - it spent 46 weeks in the French top ten and remains one of the biggest-selling singles in French history, and for its sales (which exceeded 300,000 copies) Dalida was awarded her first gold disc, presented on the 17th September 1957. In the same year, she would also support Charles Aznavour at The Olympia. The follow up single to “Bambino”, the exotic-sounding “Gondolier”, was released in the Christmas on 1957, was also a great success, as were other early releases such as “Come Prima (Tu Me Donnes)”, “Ciao Ciao Bambina”, and a cover of The Drifters’ “Save the Last Dance For Me”, “Garde-Moi la Dernière Danse”. The Olympias entrance and billboard Paris Olympia is a music hall at 28, Blvd. ... Eddie Barclay (born Edouard Ruault on January 26, 1921 in Paris, France, died in the night from Thursday 12 to Friday 13, 2005 in the Ambroise-Paré hospital in Paris, France) was considered as one of the greatest music producers. ... Gondolier is a French language popular song. ... Come Prima is a popular song, written by Mario Panzeri, Vincenzo Di Paola, and Sandro Taccani. ... The Drifters are a long-lived American doo wop/R&B band, originally formed by Clyde McPhatter (of Billy Ward & the Dominoes) in 1953. ...


Dalida toured extensively from 1958 through the early 1960s, playing dates in France, Egypt, Italy and The United States. Her tour of Egypt and Italy spread her fame outside of France and Dalida soon became well-known throughout Europe. However, her tour of America was less successful and fame eluded her in English-speaking markets. For other uses, see United States (disambiguation) and US (disambiguation). ...


In 1961, Dalida performed a month of shows at the Olympia, with each selling out completely.[1] Shortly afterwards Dalida embarked upon a tour of Hong Kong and Vietnam. Throughout the 1960s Dalida would frequently perform sell-out shows at The Olympia, and international dates became more frequent. In December 1968, she was awarded the Médaille de la Présidence de la République by Général de Gaulle, the only person from the music industry to have received this accolade. The Olympias entrance and billboard Paris Olympia is a music hall at 28, Blvd. ... General Charles André Joseph Marie de Gaulle (   listen?) (November 22, 1890 – November 9, 1970), in France commonly referred to as général de Gaulle or Le Général, was a French military leader and statesman. ...


The early 1970s became a transitional period for the singer, highlighted by some of her most successful singles . After gaining a keen interest in academia in the mid-1960s she chose to sing songs with more profound lyrics, exemplified by the hit single “Darla Dirladada”. Bruno Coquatrix was dubious about Dalida’s career evolution, and was hesitant to book her for a series of performances in 1971. Dalida hired the hall herself, and her show was met with an impressive public response. In 1973, a French version of the Italian song “Paroles Paroles”, originally performed by Mina, was recorded by Dalida and her close friend Alain Delon. The song became a big hit and was the number one single in France and Japan. The follow up, “Il Venait d’Avoir Dix-Huit Ans”, reached number one in nine countries, and sold three and a half million copies in Germany. “Gigi l’Amoroso”, released in 1974, would actually perform better in the charts than its predecessor, reaching number one in 12 countries. Touring would follow this period of unprecedented sales, with Dalida performing in Japan, Canada and Germany. In February 1975, French music critics presented the singer with the prestigious Prix de l'Académie du Disque Français. Anna Maria Mazzini (born March 25, 1940), known as Mina, is a popular Italian singer. ... Alain Delon (born 8 November 1935) is a French-born actor, one of the best known outside his native country. ...


Career 1976-1987

1976 saw another career reinvention for Dalida; releasing what is widely regarded as the first French disco single, “J’Attendrai”. Around the same, the popularity of the variety show in France was soaring, and Dalida made many television appearances during this period, not only in France but across Europe. In 1978, she recorded “Salma Ya Salama”, a traditional Egyptian folk song which due to its chart success was translated into seven languages. Disco is a genre of dance-oriented pop music that was popularized in dance clubs (discothèques) in the mid-1970s, and which dominated mainstream pop until the late 1970s. ...

The 12" single sleeve for the 1979 disco-hit "Monday Tuesday... Laissez-Moi Danser".

The success of “Salma Ya Salama” was followed by the first French medley single, “Génération ‘78”, a disco-fused combination of her biggest hit singles to date. It also became the first French single to be accompanied by a video clip. During this disco period, Dalida would earn a gay audience, a following which is still maintained today. In November, Dalida performed a Broadway-themed show at Carnegie Hall in New York, choreographed by Lester Wilson, who created the dance routines for John Travolta in the previous year’s cinema smash Saturday Night Fever. Two years later, following the success of “Monday Tuesday... Laissez-Moi Danser” in Summer 1979, she would replicate the show at the Palais des Sports, and each show sold-out, encouraging the singer to embark on a national tour which lasted until the autumn. In the same year, the lengthy “Gigi in Paradisco”, a follow-up to the earlier “Gigi l’Amoroso”, was released. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... GAY can mean: Gay, a term referring to homosexual men or women The IATA code for Gaya Airport Category: ... Carnegie Hall is a concert venue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City located at 881 Seventh Avenue, occupying the east stretch of Seventh Avenue between West 56th Street and West 57th Street. ... NY redirects here. ... John Joseph Travolta (born February 18, 1954) is a two-time Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning American actor and singer. ... Saturday Night Fever is a 1977 movie starring John Travolta as Tony Manero, a troubled Brooklyn youth whose weekend activities are dominated by visits to a Brooklyn discotheque. ... The Palais des Sports is a 2,140-seat multi-purpose arena in Val-dOr, Quebec Canada. ...


1981 marked the release of “Rio de Brasil”, and several dates were played at The Olympia, emulating her successful 1980 tour. On the night of her first performance she became the first singer to be awarded a diamond disc, in recognition of her record sales which at that point in her career had exceeded 86 million. Dalida spent much of 1982 and 1984 on tour, releasing the album “Les P'tits Mots” in 1983 which featured hit singles in both “Lucas” and “Mourir Sur Scène”. The album “Dali” was released in 1984, and was accompanied by the release of several singles, including “Soleil”, “Pour te Dire Je T’aime”, a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called to Say I Love You”, and “Kalimba de Luna”, originally recorded by Tony Esposito. All three achieved moderate chart success, and “Dali” would become her last album of completely new recordings. Stevie Wonder (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950, name later changed to Stevland Hardaway Morris),[1] is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. ...


Dalida underwent two major ophthalmic operations in 1985, forcing her to put her career on hiatus. In 1986, she would play the role of a young grandmother in the Youssef Chahine film Le Sixième Jour, for which she received favourable critical response. The opthalmic artery is a branch of the internal carotid artery which supplies branches to supply the eye and other structures in the orbit: Central retinal artery Supraorbital artery Supratrochlear artery Lacrimal artery Dorsal nasal artery Short posterior ciliary arteries Long posterior ciliary arteries Posterior ethmoidal artery Anterior ethmoidal artery...


Personal life

Despite enormous career success, Dalida’s private life was marred by a series of failed relationships and personal problems.


Death

The bronze memorial erected at Place Dalida in 1997.

On May 3, 1987 Dalida died as a result of an overdose of barbiturates, leaving a suicide note reading "Life has become unbearable ... Forgive me." Dalida is buried in the Cimetière de Montmartre, Paris, and a life-size statue of the singer stands outside her tomb. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... is the 123rd day of the year (124th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Barbiturates are drugs that act as central nervous system depressants, and by virtue of this they produce a wide spectrum of effects, from mild sedation to anesthesia. ... A suicide note is a message left by someone who later attempts or commits suicide. ... Cimetière de Montmartre is a famous cemetery located at 37 Avenue Samson, in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, France. ...


Since her death, Dalida has become a cult figure to a new generation of fans. In 1988, The Encyclopedia Universalis commissioned a poll which was eventually published in daily newspaper Le Monde, the aim of which was to reveal personalities that had the greatest impact on French society. Dalida polled second, behind Général de Gaulle. Le Monde is also the name of a song by the Thievery Corporation. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


In 1997, the corneAbreuvoir in the Butte Montmartre, Paris, was inaugurated as Place Dalida and a life-size bust to her memory was erected. In 1999, a 3-CD box-set compiling her greatest hits was released. In 2000, Dalida's longtime friend Charles Aznavour recorded the hit "De la scène à la Seine", a joyful song of her life in France, and in 2001, the French government honoured her memory with a postage stamp. In the same year, Universal Music Group released Dalida's early album releases in special-edition packaging, with all of the tracks digitally remastered. Her output has also been the subject of various remix albums. She sold a total of 170 million records from 1956 to 2006. 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Charles Aznavour (Armenian: Õ‡Õ¡Õ¼Õ¬ Ô±Õ¦Õ¶Õ¡Õ¾Õ¸Ö‚Ö€; born May 22, 1924) is an Armenian-French singer, songwriter and actor. ... A selection of Hong Kong postage stamps A postage stamp is evidence of pre-paying a fee for postal services. ... Universal Music Group (UMG) is the largest business group and family of record labels in the recording industry. ...


In 2005, her life was documented in the two-part TV film Dalida, which received mixed reviews. The lead role was portrayed by Sabrina Ferilli.[2] Sabrina Ferilli (born June 28, 1964 in Rome) is an Italian theater and movie actress mainly popular inside her homeland, where she is one of the most prevalent celebrities. ...


From May 11th through to September 2007, The Paris City Hall will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Dalida’s death with an exhibition of her outfits and previously unreleased photographs.


Filmography

  • Joseph and his brothers - (1954) with Omar Sharif
  • The mask of Toutankhamon - (1954)
  • A glass and a cigarette - (1954)
  • Brigade des moeurs - (1957)
  • Rapt au deuxième bureau - (1958)
  • Parlez-moi d'amour - (1960)
  • L'inconnue de Hong Kong - (1963) with Serge Gainsbourg
  • Ménage à l'Italienne - (1965)
  • Io ti amo - (1968)
  • Comme sur des roulettes - (1977)
  • Dalida pour toujours - (documentary, 1977)
  • The Sixth Day - (1986) - Youssef Chahine

For the Pakistani actor of the same name, see Umer Sharif. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Youssef Chahine (Arabic: يوسف شاهين) (born January 25, 1926 in Alexandria, Egypt) is an Egyptian film director active in the Egyptian film industry since 1950. ...

See also

  • Dalida Discography

// 1956 Son nom est Dalida 1957 Miguel 1958 Gondolier 1958 Les Gitans 1959 Le disque dor de Dalida 1959 Love in Portofino (A San Cristina) 1960 Les enfants du Pirée 1961 Garde-moi moi la dernière danse 1961 Loin de moi 1961 Milord (released in Italy) 1961...

References

  1. ^ A month of sold-out shows at the Paris Olympia corresponds to sales of at least 56,000 tickets.
  2. ^ Internet Movie Database article on Dalida television movie

External links


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Dalida (405 words)
Dalida (1933 - 1987) was an Egyptian/French singer.
Born Yolande Christina Gigliotti of Italian parents on January 17, 1933 in Shoudra[?], a district of Cairo, Egypt, she was the child of an opera violinist and was given singing lessons at an early age.
Dalida is buried in the Cimetière de Montmartre, Paris, France, her gilded life-size statue one of the most outstanding of the many sculpted works in the famous cemetery.
LyricsVault: Hall of fame: Dalida (4674 words)
Dalida needn’t have worried, her appearance on stage at the Olympia was greeted with thunderous applause and her three-week run at the legendary Paris music-hall would prove to be phenomenally successful.
Dalida was rather hesitant about the song but, albeit somewhat reluctantly, the singer went into the studio at the end of the year to record it as her next single.
Dalida’s cinema experience had been limited to minor film roles up to this point and she relished the idea of proving her acting talent with Chahine, all the more so as she was beginning to grow rather tired of her singing career at this point.
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