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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 26-50 of 136 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone 0GA11 10-in. 11/20/1934 Dervisēs kai Rita (Ντερβισης και Ριτα) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) ; Dēmētrēs Atraidēs (Δημήτρης Ατραϊδης) Female-male vocal duet vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA12 10-in. 12/13/1934 or earlier Vre mankes duo stē phylakē (Βρε μάγκες δύο στη φυλακή) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA27 10-in. 11/21/1934 To xenēteumeno (Το ξενητευμένο) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo, with violin and guitar vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA28 10-in. 11/21/1934 Omorphē chiōtopoula (Ωμορφη χιωτοπούλα) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA31 10-in. 11/21/1934 T' aidoni mou paricile Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) ; Ath. Vrouvas (Αθ. Βρουβας) Female vocal solo, with clarinet vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA32 10-in. 12/29/1934 or earlier Paidia m' giati eisthe anallaga (Παιδιά μ' γιατί είσθε ανάλλαγα) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) ; Ap. Stamelos (Απ. Σταμιλος) Female vocal solo and klarino (clarinet) vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA35 10-in. 11/22/1934 Nosokoma mou mikroula (Νοσοκόμα μου μικρούλα) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA73 10-in. 11/24/1934 Perivoli m' orgōmeno (Περιβόλι μ' οργωμενο) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA74 10-in. 11/24/1934 Manousakia-manousakia (Μανουσάκια-μανουσάκια) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA92 10-in. 12/12/1934 San tēs ōrias to kastro (Σαν της Ωριάς το κάστρο) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA93 10-in. 12/12/1934 Mē me stelneis manna stēn Amerikē (Μη με στέλνεις μάννα στην Αμερική) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA95 10-in. 12/12/1934 Argētopoula (Αργητοπούλα) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo, instrumental trio vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA96 10-in. 12/12/1934 Prepei na skeptetai kaneis tēn ōra tou thanatou (Πρέπει να σκέπτεται κανείς την ώρα του θανάτου) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer, vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA139 10-in. 12/29/1934 Mia vlachopoula kathontan (Μια βλαχοπούλα κάθονταν) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) ; Ap. Stamelos (Απ. Σταμιλος) Female vocal solo, with clarinet, violin, and guitar vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA204 10-in. 9/20/1935 Ē pio omorph' eisai sto choro (Η πιο όμορφ' είσαι στο χορό) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA205 10-in. 9/20/1935 O perivolarēs (Ο περιβολάρης) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA207 10-in. 9/20/1935 Eisai pseutēs panagiōtē (Είσαι ψεύτης παναγιώτη) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA235 10-in. 9/27/1935 Pote the narthei o kairos (Πότε θε νάρθει ο καιρός) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) ; Nikos Karakostas (Νικος Καρακōstas) Female vocal solo and klarino (clarinet) vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA283 10-in. 10/12/1935 Tourkolimaniotissa glykeia (Τουρκολιμανιωτισσα γλυκεια) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA287 10-in. 10/12/1935 Ta chanoumakia (Τα χανουμάκια) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA298 10-in. 1936 Kakourga aponē (Κακούργα άπονη) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA299 10-in. 1936 Eisai pontos (Είσαι πόντος) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA300 10-in. before 9/12/1936 Ē kokkinophoremenē (Η κοκκινοφορεμένη) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo and klarino (clarinet) vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA301 10-in. before 9/14/1936 Euangelitsa (Ευαγγελίτσα) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) ; Ap. Stamelos (Απ. Σταμιλος) Female vocal solo and klarino (clarinet) vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA314 10-in. Before 9/14/1936 To meraki (Το μεράκι) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
(Results 26-50 of 136 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Abatzi, Rita (Αμπατζή, Ρίτα)," accessed May 11, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113983.

Abatzi, Rita (Αμπατζή, Ρίτα). (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 11, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113983.

"Abatzi, Rita (Αμπατζή, Ρίτα)." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 11 May 2021.

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