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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 101-125 of 136 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone 0GA662 10-in. January 1938 Nerantzophoremenē (Νεραντζοφορεμένη) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA663 10-in. January 1938 Hena mikro klephtopoulo (Ένα μικρό κλεφτόπουλο) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA664 10-in. January 1938 Erēnaki (Ερηνάκι) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) ; Stellakēs Perpiniadēs (Στελλάκης Περπινιάδης) Female-male vocal duet vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA697 10-in. March 1938 Karavokyrē mou chryse (Καραβοκύρη μου χρυσέ) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA698 10-in. March 1938 Valantōsa na karterō (Βαλάντωσα να καρτερώ) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA747 10-in. April 1938 Esy 'sai trelo koritsi (Εσύ 'σαι τρελό κορίτσι) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA767 10-in. May 1938 Tha ginō Perivolarēs (Θα γινώ Περιβολάρης) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA768 10-in. May 1938 Ōmorphē Salonikia (Ωμορφη Σαλονικιά) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA782 10-in. August 1938 Stēs Arkadias ton platano (Στης Αρκαδιάς τον πλάτανο) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) ; Anastasopoulos (Αναστασοπουλος) Female vocal solo and klarino (clarinet) solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, composer  
Gramophone 0GA783 10-in. August 1938 Ach poun ta dachtylidia sou (Αχ πούν τα δαχτυλίδια σου) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) ; Anastasopoulos (Αναστασοπουλος) Female vocal solo and klarino (clarinet) solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, composer  
Gramophone 0GA785 10-in. August 1938 Thelō kitrina na valēs (Θέλω κίτρινα να βάλης) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA786 10-in. August 1938 Peismatariko (Πεισματάρικο) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) ; Stellakēs Perpiniadēs (Στελλάκης Περπινιάδης) Female-male vocal duet vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA787 10-in. August 1938 An phygēs gia tēn xenēteia (Αν φυγής για την ξενητειά) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) ; Stellakēs Perpiniadēs (Στελλάκης Περπινιάδης) Female-male vocal duet vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA841 10-in. 1938 Dyo mēnes einai kai kairos (Δύο μήνες είναι και καιρός) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA842 10-in. 1938 Stn Australia m' esteiles (Στην Αυστραλία μ' έστειλες) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA856 10-in. before 7/17/1939 Dyo merakia stēn kardia mou (Δύο μεράκια στην καρδιά μου) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) ; Stellakēs Perpiniadēs (Στελλάκης Περπινιάδης) Female-male vocal duet vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA857 10-in. before 7/17/1939 Apopse na mēn koimētheis (Απόψε να μην κοιμηθείς) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) ; Stellakēs Perpiniadēs (Στελλάκης Περπινιάδης) Female-male vocal duet vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA861 10-in. before 7/14/1939 Varkarē trava to koupi (Βαρκάρη τράβα το κουπί) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) ; Stellakēs Perpiniadēs (Στελλάκης Περπινιάδης) Female-male vocal duet vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA880 10-in. March 1939 Chryso gaitani (Χρυσό γαϊτάνι) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA881 10-in. March 1939 Gia des ta ta vlachopoula (Για δέστε τα τα βλαχόπουλα) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) ; Anastasopoulos (Αναστασοπουλος) Female vocal solo and klarino (clarinet) solo vocalist, songwriter  
Gramophone 0GA918 10-in. June 1939 Agapa me na s' agapō (Αγάπα με να σ' αγαπώ) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) ; P. Stylianides Female-male vocal duet vocalist  
Gramophone 0T1351 10-in. 11/25/1933 Aman anitsa (Αμαν ανιτσα) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0T1353 10-in. 8/1/1934 or earlier Tserkes (Τσερκές) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0T1354 10-in. 11/25/1933 or earlier Kalliopaki (Καλλιοπάκι) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0T1418 10-in. 8/1/1934 Pheretze phorō (Φερετζέ φορώ) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
(Results 101-125 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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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113983

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