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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 17, 1969 (Egaleo)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1932 - 1952

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, composer, songwriter

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

= Recordings are available for online listening.
= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings (Results 126-140 of 140 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone 0T1418 10-in. 8/1/1934 Pheretze phorō (Φερετζέ φορώ) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0T1420 10-in. 1/8/1934 Psarades houvardades (Ψαράδες χουβαρντάδες) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0T1495 10-in. 1/8/1934 Neos Konialēs (Νέος Κόνιαλης) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0T1496 10-in. 1/8/1934 Kakia mikroula (Κακιά μικρούλα) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA1509 10-in. 10/29/1949 Mes' tou chelmou ta elata (Μεσ' του χελμου τα ελατα) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) ; Giōrgos Anestopoulos (Γιώργος Ανεστόπουλος) ; K. Prenta (Πρεντα, Κ.) ; Dēmētrios Semsēs (Δημήτρης Σέμσης) Vocal duet, with clarinet solo and instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Gramophone 0GA1510 10-in. 10/29/1949 Chōriatissa (Χωριατισσα) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) ; Giōrgos Anestopoulos (Γιώργος Ανεστόπουλος) ; K. Prenta (Πρεντα, Κ.) ; Dēmētrios Semsēs (Δημήτρης Σέμσης) Vocal duet, with clarinet solo and instrumental ensemble vocalist, composer  
Gramophone 0T1582 10-in. 6/25/1934 Mia kontē kontoula (Μια κοντή κοντούλα) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0T1583 10-in. 6/25/1934 Stylianē (Στυλιανή) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0T1593 10-in. 7/18/1934 or earlier Apopse ta mesanychta (Απόψε τα μεσάνυχτα) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) ; N. Rellias Female vocal solo and klarino (clarinet) vocalist  
Gramophone 0T1596 10-in. 7/18/1934 Trikalinia mou perdika (Τρικαλινιά μου πέρδικα) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) ; N. Rellias Female vocal solo, with clarinet vocalist  
Gramophone 0T1608 10-in. 6/27/1934 To phlytzani tou Giannē (Το φλυτζάνι του Γιάννη) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0T1631 10-in. 6/29/1934 Ē Nitsa (Η Νίτσα) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Gramophone 0T1664 10-in. 7/16/1934 Me zournades me daoulia (Με ζουρνάδες με νταούλια) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo vocalist  
Odeon GO4719 10-in. approximately 1952 Kouna kouna to kormi sou (Κούνα κούνα το κορμί σου) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Columbia (U.K.) WG397 10-in. November 1932 O psilos zeimpekikos (Ο ψιλος ζειμπεκικος) Rita Abatzi (Ρίτα Αμπατζή) Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
(Results 126-140 of 140 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Abatzi, Rita (Αμπατζή, Ρίτα)," accessed November 27, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113983.

Abatzi, Rita (Αμπατζή, Ρίτα). (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 27, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113983.

"Abatzi, Rita (Αμπατζή, Ρίτα)." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 27 November 2022.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113983

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