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The Inexplicable Fame of Nana Mouskouri

When I was growing up in the ‘70s, I remember constantly seeing ads on TV for the records of the “multi-million selling internationally beloved” singing star Nana Mouskouri. She was Greek, exotic, and to a young gay boy like myself, she was a promise that there was somewhere where a girl who wears heavy unflattering glasses and a boy who shopped the husky department at Sears would one day be appreciated. I never got my mom to buy me her records and then one day, the commercials stopped.

Recently I found one of her LPs at the thrift store, and I am shocked to say her voice was a huge disappointment- a breathy girl’s voice that often failed at true pitch. How could this worldwide phenomenon fail to astound? Is Nana a case of a C-list talent masqueraded by A-list public relations?

Do you love Nana?

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by All about the burning issuesreply 2716 hours ago

I’ve been avoiding her for years

by All about the burning issuesreply 1Last Tuesday at 6:06 PM

Hello, is Paul there?

by All about the burning issuesreply 2Last Tuesday at 6:11 PM

I *adore* Nana Moussaka!

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by All about the burning issuesreply 3Last Tuesday at 6:13 PM

She's no Aliza Kashi...

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by All about the burning issuesreply 4Last Tuesday at 7:14 PM

[quote] Recently I found one of her LPs at the thrift store, and I am shocked to say her voice was a huge disappointment- a breathy girl’s voice that often failed at true pitch

But, it's wrong! [italic]SHOCKINGLY[/italic] wrong!

by All about the burning issuesreply 5Last Tuesday at 7:42 PM

Why can't a poster just say, "Recently I found one of her LPs, and I was disappointed by her voice?

Why, when a Datalounger tells this kind of story, does he inevitably have to instead be "[bold]shocked[/bold] to say her voice was a [bold]huge[/bold] disappointment"?

So much drama!

by All about the burning issuesreply 6Last Tuesday at 7:48 PM

"My breathy girl's voice put millions of bums in millions of seats from Minsk to Milwaukee!"

by All about the burning issuesreply 7Last Tuesday at 7:56 PM

Same here. I’m baffled. Competent enough singer. Middle of the road, non threatening songs. But to the point of selling, what, close to 300m records? Putting her in the same league as Elvis, ABBA, the Beatles, DL fave Madonna? WTF?

by All about the burning issuesreply 8Last Wednesday at 12:20 AM

The same could be said for fellow Greek singer Demis Roussos. At least Nana has a decent voice.

by All about the burning issuesreply 9Last Wednesday at 12:41 AM

Demi’s Roussos = Trans Nana

by All about the burning issuesreply 10Last Wednesday at 12:50 AM

I prefer Mireille Mathieu over Nana. Much better voice and material.

by All about the burning issuesreply 11Last Wednesday at 1:13 AM

My favourite version of Habanera comes from Nana Mouskouri, I know it's more poprah than oprah, but I love her voice for it, teetering on the edge, she's Carmen.

The complaints about her having a a 'breathy girl’s voice' are comical today, considering we're *truly* stuck with that style now.

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by All about the burning issuesreply 12Last Wednesday at 2:19 AM

ohh, thank you, r11

by All about the burning issuesreply 13Last Wednesday at 2:24 AM

OMG r12, that is absolutely awful! My favourite Habanera is by her fellow Greek Maria Callas, who, even though she was a soprano and not a mezzo (as Carmen is meant to be), this performance is just divine.

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by All about the burning issuesreply 14Last Wednesday at 2:31 AM

I was sitting in a restaurant with a dark haired female friend and a waiter came up to her and said “You look so much like Nana Mouskouri.” My friend looked like she was going to cry and I had to comfort her and say that the waiter was insane.

by All about the burning issuesreply 15Last Wednesday at 2:32 AM

Nana sang in a variety of languages and genres and was popular among all age groups, so she appealed to plenty of markets.

My favourite song by her is a much later one, from 2003, a song dedicated to the late Melina Merkouri. Gives me goosebumps, but you have to understand the Greek context for that I guess.

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by All about the burning issuesreply 16Last Wednesday at 2:35 AM

I would have told her to just take off the damn glasses, r15.

by All about the burning issuesreply 17Last Wednesday at 6:19 AM

I love Joanna Lumley's travel docu series for segments like this one.

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by All about the burning issuesreply 18Last Wednesday at 8:45 AM

I think she was part of that older generation evergreen pop that was particularly popular in Europe in the 70s and 80s. You know, like what Rita Coolidge did in the US, but in the US it was more folk music centric.

by All about the burning issuesreply 19Last Wednesday at 8:53 AM

She was a frequent guest on UK light entertainment shows in the 70s and 80s. Her gentle style was very popular with old people. My grandparents loved her. Becoming an MEP was a big surprise.

by All about the burning issuesreply 20Last Wednesday at 8:55 AM

I love Nana’s voice & have her CD “Only Love.” My mother borrowed it & liked it, but said that listening to it makes one want to commit hari-kiri.

by All about the burning issuesreply 21Last Wednesday at 3:03 PM

I read she is homophobic, especially at the time she was a politician.

by All about the burning issuesreply 22Last Wednesday at 3:39 PM

I don't know if she's particularly homophobic r22, but I assume she would have shared the same generic attitudes towards homosexuality as any centre-right or even centre-left politician did in the 1990s, which was not a time when same-sex marriage, for example, was supported anywhere. Not that as an MEP gay issues would ever have really come up in her work, except for to condemn human rights violations.

by All about the burning issuesreply 2318 hours ago

[quote] The same could be said for fellow Greek singer Demis Roussos. At least Nana has a decent voice.

He’s a much better singer. Aphrodite’s Child was the dog’s nuts.

by All about the burning issuesreply 2418 hours ago

She has supposedly sold more records worldwide than Madonna claims to have sold. A lot of people don't know who she is. The only way she could've sold over 300 million records would be if she recorded and released 3,000,000 albums and each one sold over a hundred copies.

by All about the burning issuesreply 2517 hours ago

OP you misspelled “inevitable”.

She knocks it out of the park with “Minuit Chrétiens” and the bizarre camera work on this version captures her “little lost sparrow” quality.

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by All about the burning issuesreply 2617 hours ago

"And we are all five Greeks..."

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by All about the burning issuesreply 2716 hours ago
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