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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 76-100 of 136 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone 0GA481 10-in. before 8/12/1938 Kalogria (Καλόγρια) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA487 10-in. before 8/12/1938 Laliōtopoula (Λαλιωτοπούλα) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA488 10-in. before 9/3/1937 O Rovas exekinēse (Ο Ρόβας εξεκίνησε) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA489 10-in. before 2/23/1940 Apo mikro s' agapēsa (Από μικρό σ' αγάπησα) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA516 10-in. before 8/12/1938 Chōriatopoula (Χωριατοπούλα) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA517 10-in. before 9/3/1937 De s' agapō, de s' agapō (Δε σ' αγαπώ, δε σ' αγαπώ) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA518 10-in. before 3/4/1938 Den thelō geron antra (Δεν θέλω γέρον άντρα) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA519 10-in. before 3/4/1938 Mou pēran tēn agapē mou (Μου πήραν την αγάπη μου) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA528 10-in. before 9/3/1937 Giati na me gelaseis (Γιατί να με γελάσεις) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA533 10-in. before 9/3/1937 Panō se Vlachika konakia (Πάνω σε βλάχικα κονάκια) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA534 10-in. before 4/5/1938 Hopoios echei geia kai niata (Όποιος έχει γεια και νιάτα) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA535 10-in. before 10/27/1937 Hela opōs eisai (Έλα όπως είσαι) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA580 10-in. before 9/23/1938 Ston potamo ta roucha mou (Στον ποταμό τα ρούχα μου) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA581 10-in. before 10/20/1937 Apophasisa pouli mou (Αποφάσισα πουλί μου) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA582 10-in. before 10/27/1937 Daskalopoula lygerē (Δασκαλοπούλα λυγερή) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo composer, vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA583 10-in. before 9/23/1938 Thalassa bampessa (Θάλασσα μπαμπέσσα) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA598 10-in. before 4/5/1938 Ta paidia tēs agoras (Τα παιδιά της αγοράς) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA599 10-in. before 4/5/1938 Mana tēs Giōrgainas o gios (Μάνα της Γιώργαινας ο γιος) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA600 10-in. before 4/5/1938 To balkonaki (Το μπαλκονάκι) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo, with violin vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA601 10-in. before 9/23/1938 Paei to pouli mou (Πάει το πουλί μου) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo, with violin vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA602 10-in. before 1/27/1938 Steile me mana (Στείλε με μάνα) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) ; Stellakēs Perpiniadēs (Στελλάκης Περπινιάδης) Female-male vocal duet vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA630 10-in. 1937 Thalassa galazia (Θάλασσα γαλάζια) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) ; Stellakēs Perpiniadēs (Στελλάκης Περπινιάδης) Female-male vocal duet vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA631 10-in. before 5/11/1938 Paraponiariko (Παραπονιάρικο) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA644 10-in. 1937 Na pas pouli mou sto kalo (Να πας πουλί μου στο καλό) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) ; Stellakēs Perpiniadēs (Στελλάκης Περπινιάδης) Female-male vocal duet vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA661 10-in. January 1938 Stēs Kalamatas to nero (Στης Καλαμάτας το νερό) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
(Results 76-100 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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