I think a thread about this outstanding singer is well overdue on this forum. Caterina will celebrate her 90TH Birthday on the 14TH of this month. Caterina Valente started her recording (and movie career) in Germany in the early 1950s. The rise to international stardom came when she recorded an arrangement of Lecuona's "Malaguena" (created for her by Werner Müller) for Polydor. Decca picked up this very recording and distributed it in the US. The recording rocketed to the top tiers of the US charts despite its German language. Then called the "Malaguena girl", Caterina had guest appearances on many of the best-known US TV shows. Her second recording contract with Teldec improved the distribution of her records which by then included recordings in (among others) English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and French. Many of these recordings (most of which have thankfully been anthologized by Bear Family) are now classics. Caterina remained a major recording artist (as well as movie and TV star) in Germany, covered hundreds of standards and had major influence on the South American music scene (recording with Edmundo Ros and her brother Silvio Francesco).