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Saturday, 22 March 2014

Betty Curtis born 22 March 1934

Betty Curtis (b. as Roberta Corti March 22,* 1936 – June 15, 2006) was an Italian singer active from 1957 to 2004.
Discovered singing by Teddy Reno and signed to the GCD label in 1957. Her first recordings were mainly cover versions of popular hits with which she had great success. She debuted at the Sanremo Festival in 1959. That same year she appeared in the film "Children of the Juke-Box" directed by Lucio Fulci , in which she played the character of Betty Dorys alongside singer Tony Dallara.
The song "Al di là" performed by her with Luciano Tajoli won the Sanremo Music Festival in 1961. Betty Curtis represented Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1961 with her San Remo winner song placed at the shared sixth in Cannes.
She sang in The Sanremo festival until 1967. In the late sixties , while not repeating the successes of previous years, she was able to keep up her popularity, thanks largely to television appearances especially Canzonissima.
In 1970 she finished her long association with CGD rcords , but occasionally made records for some smaller labels. Among her last recordings that is worthy of note is the album "Folk," published on Alpha Records label, which engages in interpretations of traditional Italian folk songs.
In recent years, she performed at numerous revival events and appeared in various television programs, often next to Wilma De Angelis, her colleague and friend. She died aged 72 years old, in a clinic in Lecco, Lombardy, after a long illness.

She was married to singer Claudio Celli of the Quartet Radar . (Info interpreted and edited mainly from Wikipedia. *Some sources give 21st March as her date of birth)


boppinbob said...

Lots of Betty Curtis mp3's at thr Internet Archive

Also found this compilation "Rarities" with one Betty Curtis track on it

Rarities 77

01 – Betty Curtis – Al di là.mp3
02 – Helen Shapiro – Are You Lonesome Tonight.mp3
03 – Ricky Nelson – More.mp3
04 – Micah Hinson – Sleepwalk.mp3
05 – Lucio Battisti – Si viaggiare.mp3
06 – Paul Anka – Silhouettes.mp3
07 – The Blue Diamonds – Ramona (español).mp3
08 – The Diamonds – Oh Carol.mp3
09 – Tom Jones – Hello Young Lovers.mp3
10 – Matia Bazar – Sentimentale.mp3
11 – Mina – Sabor A Mi.mp3
12 – Cliff Richard – It’s All In The Game.mp3

Jimmie Dee said...

I'm glad to see that Franck Pourcel and Paul Mauriat using the pseudonyms Stole and Del Roma, respectively, were given credit for this obvious version of "I Will Follow Him", written around 1961 and popularized in 1963 by Little Peggy March.

Little Peggy March version.