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Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή)

Rita Abatzi (also spelled Abadzi; Greek: Ρίτα Αμπατζή) (1914 – 17 June 1969) was a Greek rebetiko musician who began her career in the first part of the 1930s.

She was born in Smyrna (now Izmir), in the Aidin Vilayet of the Ottoman Empire. Some sources have given her year of birth as 1903.

A singer of rebetiko, Smyrneika, and other music, she was a popular performer on gramophone records in the 1930s. During that decade, the only female singer of rebetiko who rivalled her in popularity, and in the number of her recordings, was Roza Eskenazi.

Abatzi performed with many of the most famous musicians including Kostas Skarvelis, Spyros Peristeris, Dimitrios Semsis, Markos Vamvakaris and Vassilis Tsitsanis. Her career ended after World War II.

She died in Egaleo (Athens). Her sister, Sofia Karivali, was also a notable singer of rebetiko.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1914 (İzmir), Died June 17th, 1969 (Egaleo)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1933 - 1952

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, composer, songwriter

Notes: Transliteration of name also appears as Rita Abatsis, Rita Abadji, and Rita Ampatzi.

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 136 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor CS-04847 12-in. 2/15/1937 Chalepiano syrto (Χαλεπιανο συρτο) Charilaos Krētikos (Χαρίλαος Κρητικός) Male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia CO17145 10-in. approximately 1935 O psilos (Ο ψιλος) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Columbia XCO21541 12-in. between 1930 and 1935 Varkarēs (Βαρκαρης) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Columbia XCO21542 12-in. between 1930 and 1935 Gkarsona (Γκαρσονα) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Columbia CO22483 10-in. approximately 1938 Otan pernas giati (Οταν περνας γιατι) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) ; Stellakēs Perpiniadēs (Στελλάκης Περπινιάδης) Female-male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Columbia CO22484 10-in. approximately 1938 Pandreuetai sta xena (Πανδρευεται στα ξενα) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) ; Stellakēs Perpiniadēs (Στελλάκης Περπινιάδης) Female-male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Columbia CO23243 10-in. either 1938 or 1939 Mia melachroinē (Μια μελαχροινη) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Columbia CO23244 10-in. either 1938 or 1939 Gia pes mou autē pou agapas (Για πες μου αυτη που αγαπας) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Columbia CO23843 10-in. approximately 1939 Then thelō ploutē vangelliō (Θεν θελω πλουτη βαγγελιω) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Columbia CO23953 10-in. approximately 1939 Ola ta dendra (Ολα τα δενδρα) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Columbia CO23954 10-in. approximately 1939 Tsirigopoula (Τσιριγοπουλα) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Columbia XCO23963 12-in. between 1930 and 1935 Kardia mou maurophorese (Καρδια μου μαυροφορεσε) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Columbia XCO23964 12-in. approximately 1939 Echthes to vrady (Εχθες το βραδυ) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Columbia CO24664 10-in. approximately 1939 Tha pernaō opōs prōta (Θα περναω οπως πρωτα) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Columbia CO24667 10-in. approximately 1939 Ela vapori pare me (Ελα βαπορι παρε με) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Columbia CO24668 10-in. approximately 1939 San pernous' apo tē chio (Σαν περνους' απο τη χιο) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Columbia CO27082 10-in. approximately 1940 M' ena karavi phortēgo (Μ' ενα καραβι φορτηγο) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Columbia CO27083 10-in. approximately 1940 Steile amaxi pare me (Στειλε αμαξι παρε με) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Columbia CO27136 10-in. approximately 1940 Pes mou poios ein' o ponos sou (Πες μου ποιος ειν' ο πονος σου) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Columbia CO27137 10-in. approximately 1940 Kalliopaki (Καλλιοπακι) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Columbia CO27287 10-in. approximately 1940 Mia vlacha ponemenē (Μια βλαχα πονεμενη) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Columbia CO27288 10-in. approximately 1940 Mia kyriakē kinēsame (Μια κυριακη κινησαμε) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Columbia CO27388 10-in. approximately 1940 Na zēsēs amaxa mou (Να ζησης αμαξα μου) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Columbia CO27389 10-in. approximately 1940 Glentēsete ta neiata sas (Γλεντησετε τα νειατα σας) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA9 10-in. 11/19/1934 Xanthē evraiopoula (Ξανθη εβραιοπουλα) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
(Results 1-25 of 136 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Abatzi, Rita (Αμπατζή, Ρίτα)," accessed July 30, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113983.

Abatzi, Rita (Αμπατζή, Ρίτα). (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 30, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113983.

"Abatzi, Rita (Αμπατζή, Ρίτα)." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 30 July 2021.

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