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Vikki Carr (born Florencia Bisenta de Casillas Martinez Cardona, July 19 1941, El Pasomarker, Texasmarker) is an Americanmarker singer who has performed in a variety of music genres, including jazz, pop and country, but has enjoyed her greatest success singing in Spanish.

Career

After taking the stage name 'Vikki Carr' the singer signed with Liberty Records in 1962. Her first single to achieve any success was "He's a Rebel", which in 1962 reached No. 5 in Australia and No. 115 in the United States. Producer Phil Spector heard Carr cutting the song in the studio, and immediately recorded a cover version billed to The Crystals that reached No. 1 in the United States. In 1966, Carr toured Vietnammarker with actor/comedian Danny Kaye. The following year her album It Must Be Him was nominated for three Grammy Awards. The title track reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States in 1967. She had two other songs make the U.S. Top 40: 1968's "The Lesson" and 1969's "With Pen in Hand". Around this time, Dean Martin called her "the best girl singer in the business". Carr had 10 singles which made the U.S. pop charts and 13 albums which made the U.S. pop album charts.

In 1968, she taped six specials for London Weekend TV. She appeared on various television programs, such as ABC's The Bing Crosby Show in the 1964-1965 season. In 1970, she was named "Woman of the Year" by the Los Angeles Times. She guest-hosted The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1973. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Famemarker in 1981. Carr also achieved the rare feat of singing for five presidents during her career: Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, and Bill Clinton. Ford writes in his autobiography, A Time to Heal, that when Carr appeared at the White Housemarker, she asked the president, "What Mexican dish do you like?" His response: "I like you." He goes on to write that the First Lady was not pleased: "Betty overheard the exchange, and needless to say, she wasn't wild about it."

In the 1980s and 1990s Carr had enormous success in the Latin music world, winning Grammy Awards for Best Mexican-American Performance in 1986 for her album Simplemente Mujer; Best Latin Pop Album in 1992 for Cosas del Amor; and Best Mexican-American Performance in 1995 for Recuerdo a Javier Solis. She also received Grammy nominations for the discs Brindo a La Vida, Al Bolero, A Ti (1993) and Emociones (1996). Her numerous Spanish-language hit singles include "Total," "Discúlpame," "Déjame," "Hay Otro en Tu Lugar," "Esos Hombres," "Mala Suerte" and "Cosas del Amor." The latter song spent more than two months at No. 1 on the U.S. Latin charts in 1991, her biggest Spanish-language U.S. hit. Her Spanish-language albums have been certified gold and platinum in Mexicomarker, Chilemarker, Puerto Rico, Venezuelamarker, Costa Ricamarker, Colombiamarker and Ecuadormarker.

In recent years, she taped a PBS TV special, Vikki Carr: Memories, Memorias (1999), in which she performed popular bilingual tunes from the 1940s and 1950s. Her guests were Pepe Aguilar, Arturo Sandoval and Jack Jones. In 2001, she released a bilingual holiday album, The Vikki Carr Christmas Album.

In 2002, she appeared to great acclaim in a Los Angelesmarker production of the Stephen Sondheim musical Follies, which also featured Hal Linden, Patty Duke and Harry Groener. In 2006, Carr made a cameo appearance in a straight-to-video thriller called Puerto Vallarta Squeeze. In 2008, Carr hosted a PBS TV special, Fiesta Mexicana, which celebrated the music and dance of Mexico. Later that year she was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Latin Recording Academy. She marked the occasion with an appearance on the Latin Grammy telecast in which she performed "Cosas del Amor" with Olga Tañón and Jenni Rivera.

Charitable work

Respected as both an artist and a humanitarian, she devotes time to many charities including the United Way, the American Lung Association, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and St. Jude's Hospitalmarker. For 22 years she held benefit concerts to support Holy Cross High School in San Antoniomarker, Texasmarker. In 1971, she established the Vikki Carr Scholarship Foundation, dedicated to offering college scholarships to Hispanic students in California and Texas. To date, the Foundation has awarded more than 280 scholarships totaling over a quarter of a million dollars.

Discography

Albums

Year Album US 200 US Latin UK

notes
1963 Color Her Great - - -
1964 Discovery 114 - -
1965 Anatomy of Love - - - liner notes by Ethel Merman
1966 Way of Today - - 31
1967 Intimate Excitement - - -
It Must Be Him - - 12 UK release differs from US release
It Must Be Him 12 - - US release differs from UK release
1968 Vikki! 63 - -
Don't Break My Pretty Balloon - - -
1969 For Once in My Life 29 - - live
1970 Nashville By Carr 111 - - recorded in Nashville
1971 The Ways to Love a Man - - -
Que sea el - - -
Love Story 60 - -
Superstar 118 - -
1972 The First Time 146 - - title "Song Sung Blue" in UK
En español 106 - -
1973 Ms. America 142 - -
Live at the Greek Theatre 172 - -
1974 One Hell of a Woman 155 - -
1975 Hoy - - -
1976 The Story of a Woman - - - live from Japan (JP release only)
1980 Y el amor - - -
1981 El retrato del amor - - -
1982 Vikki Carr - - -
1984 A todos - - -
1985 Simplemente Mujer - - - #3 US Regional MX / #15 US Latin Pop
1986 Promesas - - -
Esta noche vendras - - -
OK Mr. Tango - - - with Mariano Mores
1987 Dos corazones (with Vicente Fernández) - - - #2 US Regional MX
Me Enloqueces - - -
1988 Esos hombres - - - #4 US Latin Pop
1990 Set Me Free - - - several songs from Esos hombres sung in English
1991 Cosas del Amor - - - #1 US Latin Pop
1993 Brindo a La Vida, Al Bolero, A Ti - - -
1994 Recuerdo a Javier Solís - 35 - #10 US Latin Pop
1996 Emociones - - -
1998 Con el Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán - - -
1999 Memories, Memorias - - - from the PBS TV Special
2001 Christmas Album - - -


Singles

  • Years represent year of release, not necessarily the chart peak year.
Year Song US 100 US AC US Latin UK

AUS Original Source
1962 "I'll Walk the Rest of the Way" - - - - - single
"He's a Rebel" 115 - - - 5 single
1963 "The Rose and Butterfly" - - - - - single
"San Francisco" - - - - - Color Her Great
"Poor Butterfly / Stay" - - - - - Discovery
1964 "Forget You" - - - - - single
1965 "The Color of Love" - - - - - single
"Busca ese camino" - - - - -
"Unforgettable" - - - - - single
"Tell Her of Our Love" - - - - - single
"None But the Lonely Heart" - - - - - single
1966 "The Silencers" - - - - - single
"Heartaches" - - - - - Anatomy of Love
"My Heart Reminds Me" - 31 - - - The Way of Today!
"It Must Be Him" 3 1 - 2 2 It Must Be Him
"So Nice" - 32 - - - single
"Until Today" - 39 - - - single
"Now I Know the Feeling" - 28 - - - single
1967 "Sunshine" - - - - - single
"There I Go" - - - 50 - Vikki!
"The Lesson" 34 1 - - - Vikki!
1968 "She'll Be There" 99 13 - - - Don't Break My Pretty Balloon
"Your Heart Is Free Just Like The Wind" 91 32 - - - Don't Break My Pretty Balloon
"Don't Break My Pretty Balloon" 114 7 - - - Don't Break My Pretty Balloon
"A Dissatisfied Man" - 18 - - - single
1969 "With Pen in Hand" 35 6 - 39 - For Once In My Life
"Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" - - - - - It Must Be Him
"Eternity" 79 5 - - - single
1970 "Singing My Song" - - - - - Nashville By Carr
"Everybody's Talkin'" - - - - - Nashville By Carr
"Ain't No Mountain High Enough" - - - - - Love Story
"For Once in My Life" - - - - - For Once in My Life
"I'll Be Home" 96 7 - - - Love Story
1971 "Six Weeks Every Summer" - 28 - - - Love Story
"I Can't Give Back the Love I Feel For You" - - - - - Love Story
"Que sea el" - - - - - Que sea el
"I'd Do It All Again" - 39 - - - Superstar
1972 "The Big Hurt" 108 31 - - - single
"Grande, Grande, Grande" - - - - - En español
"Let the Band Play On" - - - - - single
1973 "Ms. America" - - - - - Ms. America
"Leave a Little Room" - - - - - Live at the Greek Theatre
1974 "Sleeping Between Two People" - - - - - One Hell of a Woman
"One Hell of a Woman" - - - - - One Hell of a Woman
"Wind Me Up" - 45 - - - One Hell of a Woman
"It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" - - - - - single
1975 "Hoy" - - - - - Hoy
"Puttin' Myself in Your Hands" - - - - - single
1980 "Disculpame" - - - - - Y el amor
"Abrazame" - - - - - Y el amor
1981 "Total" - - - - - El retrato del amor
1982 "Todo me gusta de ti" - - - - - Vikki Carr
1983 "Ya" - - - - - Vikki Carr
"Prefiero amar un extraño" - - - - - El retrato del amor
"Eso no" - - - - - El retrato del amor
1984 "Comprendeme" - - - - - A todos
1985 "Ni princesa ni esclava" - - - - - Simplemente mujer
"Atrapame" - - - - - Simplemente mujer
"Ni me viene ni me va" - - - - - Simplemente mujer
"Cantare, cantaras" - - - - - Hermanos
1986 "Promesas" - - - - - Promesas
"Yo creo en un mundo de amor" - - - - - OK Mr. Tango
"Esta noche vendras" - - 33 - - Esta noche vendras
"Tu Dicha, Tu Calma" - - - - - Esta noche vendras
"Asi es la vida" - - - - - Esta noche vendras
1987 "Que no que no" - - - - - Me enloqueces
"Fallaste corazon" - - - - - Me enloqueces
"Me parece perfecto" - - - - - Me enloqueces
"Dos corazones" (duet with Vicente Fernández) - - 10 - - Dos corazones
"Juntos los dos" - - - - - Dos corazones
1988 "Mala suerte" - - 3 - - Esos hombres
"Hay otro en tu lugar" - - 14 - - Esos hombres
"Esos hombres" - - 37 - - Esos hombres
1991 "Me estoy volviendo loca" - - - - - Cosas del amor
"Cosas del amor" (duet with Ana Gabriel) - - 1 - - Cosas del amor
"Con los brazos abiertos" - - - - - Cosas del amor
1993 "Dejame" - - 30 - - Brindo a la vida, al bolero, a ti
"Nadie" - - - - - Brindo a la vida, al bolero, a ti
"Una Mujer" - - - - - Brindo a la vida, al bolero, a ti
1994 "Amaneci en tus Brazos" - - - - - Recuerdo a Javier Solis
"Sombras" - - - - - Recuerdo a Javier Solis
"En mi viejo San Juan" - - - - - Recuerdo a Javier Solis
1996 "Emociones" - - - - - Emociones
"Que No Se Rompa La Noche" - - - - - Emociones
1998 "Te Reto" - - - - - Con El Mariachi Vargas De Tecalitan


Cultural references

  • In "Whither Canada?", the first episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus, there is a running gag about pigs being killed, usually by being accidentally sat upon. During the final credits for the episode, an announcer (John Cleese) says, "And here is the final score: pigs 9, British bipeds 4. The pigs go on to meet Vikki Carr in the final."


References

  1. grammy.com searchable database

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