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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 51-75 of 136 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone 0GA316 10-in. before 12/1/1936 Trava s' allē geitonia (Τραβα σ' αλλη γειτονια) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA318 10-in. before 10/23/1936 Holo psemata mou les (Όλο ψέματα μου λές) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA319 10-in. 1936 Ti travoun oi arravōniasmenes (Τι τραβούν οι αρραβωνιασμένες) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA320 10-in. before 10/23/1936 Perdikoula gkiorntanatē (Περδικούλα γκιορντανάτη) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) ; Nikos Relias Female vocal solo and klarino (clarinet) vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA321 10-in. before 10/23/1936 Na cha ena mēlo narrichna (Νa 'χα ένα μήλο νάρριχνα) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) ; Nikos Karakostas (Νικος Καρακōstas) Female vocal solo and klarino (clarinet) solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA336 10-in. before 12/1/1936 Varethēka tēn xenitia (Βαρέθηκα την ξενιτιά) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) ; Ap. Stamelos (Απ. Σταμιλος) Female vocal solo and klarino (clarinet) vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA338 10-in. 1936 To paichnidi tou Amerikanou (Το παιχνίδι του Αμερικάνου) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA339 10-in. Apr. 1936 Apopse me pantreuoune (Απόψε με παντρεύουνε) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) ; Ap. Stamelos (Απ. Σταμιλος) Female vocal solo and klarino (clarinet) vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA364 10-in. 6/19/1936 Spasta phōs mou gia ta mena (Σπάστα φως μου για τα μένα) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA365 10-in. 6/19/1936 M' ekapses Amerikē (M' εκαψες Aμερικη) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) ; Nikos Karakostas (Νικος Καρακōstas) Female vocal solo and klarino (clarinet) vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA366 10-in. 6/19/1936 Stēs Zērias tis rachoules (Στης Ζήριας τις ραχούλες) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA367 10-in. 6/19/1936 Klepsan tē vasilikē (Κλέψαν τη Βασιλική) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) ; Nikos Karakostas (Νικος Καρακōstas) Female vocal solo and klarino (clarinet) vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA368 10-in. 6/19/1936 Samarina (Σαμαρίνα) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) ; Nikos Karakostas (Νικος Καρακōstas) Female vocal solo and klarino (clarinet) vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA390 10-in. 1936 Mesa sto Pasalimani (Μέσα στο Πασαλιμάνι) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA391 10-in. 1936 Sta xena m' aphēses (Στα ξένα μ' άφησες) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA398 10-in. 1936 Tragouda mou glyka (Τραγούδα μου γλυκά) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) ; Nikos Karakostas (Νικος Καρακōstas) Female vocal solo and klarino (clarinet), with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA399 10-in. 1936 Mias chēras thygatera (Μιας χήρας θυγατέρα) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA438 10-in. before 6/18/1937 Vlacha plenei sto potami (Βλάχα πλένει στο ποτάμι) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) ; Nikos Karakostas (Νικος Καρακōstas) Female vocal solo and klarino (clarinet) vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA440 10-in. 1936 To klēma Marō m' (Το κλήμα Μάρω μ') Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA441 12-in. before 3/4/1938 Μαρουσάνα Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) ; Nikos Karakostas (Νικος Καρακōstas) Female vocal solo and klarino (clarinet) vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA454 10-in. before 3/11/1937 Mana mou diōxe tous giatrous (Μάνα μου διώξε τους γιατρούς) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA456 10-in. before 10/27/1937 Hetsi se thelō (Έτσι σε θέλω) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA472 10-in. before 10/20/1937 O arrōstos (Ο άρρωστος) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA473 10-in. before 10/20/1937 Oi kampoi prasinisane (Οι κάμποι πρασινίσανε) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA479 10-in. before 9/21/1938 Treis orphanes (Τρεις ορφανές) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
(Results 51-75 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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