Vikki Carr

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Vikki Carr
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Vikki Carr in 1974.
Background information
Birth nameFlorencia Bisenta de Casillas Martinez Cardona
Born(1941-07-19) July 19, 1941 (age 73)
OriginEl Paso, Texas, United States
GenresLatin pop
Traditional pop
Years active1962–present
LabelsLiberty, Columbia, UMG
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Vikki Carr
Vikki Carr 1974.JPG
Vikki Carr in 1974.
Background information
Birth nameFlorencia Bisenta de Casillas Martinez Cardona
Born(1941-07-19) July 19, 1941 (age 73)
OriginEl Paso, Texas, United States
GenresLatin pop
Traditional pop
Years active1962–present
LabelsLiberty, Columbia, UMG

Vikki Carr (born Florencia Bisenta de Casillas Martinez Cardona,[1] July 19, 1941) is a three-time Grammy Award–winning American singer and humanitarian. She has performed in a variety of music genres, including jazz, pop and country, but has enjoyed her greatest success singing in Spanish.


Cardona was born in El Paso, Texas. After taking the stage name 'Vikki Carr', she signed with Liberty Records in 1962. Her first single to achieve success was "He's a Rebel", which in 1962 reached #5 in Australia and #115 in the United States. Producer Phil Spector heard Carr cutting the song in the studio and immediately recorded a cover version billed to The Crystals that reached #1 in the United States. In 1966, Carr toured South Vietnam with actor/comedian Danny Kaye to entertain American troops there. The following year her album It Must Be Him was nominated for 3 Grammy Awards. The title track reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States in 1967. "It Must Be Him" sold over 1 million copies and was awarded a gold disc.[2] She had two other songs make the US Top 40: 1968's "The Lesson" and 1969's "With Pen in Hand". Around this time, Dean Martin called her "the best girl singer in the business". Carr had 10 singles that made the US pop charts and 13 albums that made the US pop-album charts.

Vikki Carr in 1968

In 1968 she taped 6 specials for London Weekend TV. She appeared on various television programs, such as ABC's The Bing Crosby Show in the 1964–1965 season. In 1970, she was named "Woman of the Year" by the Los Angeles Times. She guest-hosted The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1973. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1981. Carr also achieved the rare feat of singing for five presidents during her career: Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, and Bill Clinton.

In the 1980s and 1990s Carr had enormous success in the Latin music world, winning Grammy Awards for Best Mexican-American Performance in 1986 for her album Simplemente Mujer; Best Latin Pop Album in 1992 for Cosas del Amor; and Best Mexican-American Performance in 1995 for Recuerdo a Javier Solis.[3] She also received Grammy nominations for the discs Brindo a La Vida, Al Bolero, A Ti (1993) and Emociones (1996). Her numerous Spanish-language hit singles include "Total", "Discúlpame", "Déjame", "Hay Otro en Tu Lugar", "Esos Hombres", "Mala Suerte" and "Cosas del Amor". The last song spent more than two months at No. 1 on the US Latin charts in 1991, her biggest Spanish-language US hit. Her Spanish-language albums have been certified gold and platinum in Mexico, Chile, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Colombia and Ecuador. She also voiced Georgette in the Latin American dub of Disney's Oliver and Company.

In 1999 she taped a PBS TV special, Vikki Carr: Memories, Memorias, in which she performed popular bilingual tunes from the 1940s and 1950s. Her guests were Pepe Aguilar, Arturo Sandoval, and Jack Jones. In 2001, she released a bilingual holiday album, The Vikki Carr Christmas Album.

In 2002, she appeared to great acclaim in a Los Angeles production of the Stephen Sondheim musical Follies, which also featured Hal Linden, Patty Duke, and Harry Groener. In 2006, Carr made a cameo appearance in a straight-to-video thriller called Puerto Vallarta Squeeze. In 2008, Carr hosted a PBS TV special, Fiesta Mexicana, which celebrated the music and dance of Mexico. Later that year, she was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Latin Recording Academy. She marked the occasion with an appearance on the Latin Grammy telecast in which she performed "Cosas del Amor" with Olga Tañón and Jenni Rivera.

Vikki Carr is currently recording with Latin Rock legends El Chicano and featured singing "Sabor A Mi" from their most-recent studio album due to be released in April 2014.

Charitable work[edit]

Respected as an artist and humanitarian, Vikki Carr devotes time to many charities including the United Way, the American Lung Association, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and St. Jude's Hospital. For 22 years she held benefit concerts to support Holy Cross High School in San Antonio, Texas. In 1971, she established the Vikki Carr Scholarship Foundation, dedicated to offering college scholarships to Hispanic students in California and Texas. To date, the Foundation has awarded more than 280 scholarships totaling over a quarter of a million dollars.



YearAlbumUS 200US LatinUK
1963Color Her Great!---
Discovery Vol. II---
1965Anatomy of Love---liner notes by Ethel Merman
1966The Way of Today!--31
1967Intimate Excitement---
It Must Be Him12-12UK release differs from US release
Don't Break My Pretty Balloon---
1969For Once in My Life29--live
1970Nashville By Carr111--recorded in Nashville
1971The Ways to Love a Man---
Que Sea El---
Vikki Carr's Love Story60--
1972The First Time Ever (I Saw Your Face)146--Song Sung Blue in UK
En Español106--
1973Ms. America142--
Live at the Greek Theatre172--
1974One Hell of a Woman155--
1976The Story of a Woman---live from Japan (JP release only)
1980Y El Amor---
1981El Retrato Del Amor---
1982Vikki Carr---
1984A Todos---
1985Simplemente Mujer---#3 US Regional MX / #15 US Latin Pop
Esta Noche Vendras---
OK Mr. Tango---with Mariano Mores
1987Dos Corazones (with Vicente Fernández)---#2 US Regional MX
Me Enloqueces---
1988Esos Hombres---#4 US Latin Pop
1990Set Me Free---several songs from Esos Hombres sung in English
1991Cosas del Amor---#1 US Latin Pop
1992It Must Be Him – The Best of Vikki Carr---
1993Brindo a La Vida, Al Bolero, A Ti---
1994Recuerdo a Javier Solís-35-#10 US Latin Pop
1998Con el Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán---
1999Memories, Memorias---from the PBS TV Special
2001The Vikki Carr Christmas Album---
2012Viva La Vida-49-#16 US Latin Pop


YearSongUS 100US ACUS LatinUK
AUSOriginal Source
1962"I'll Walk the Rest of the Way"-----single
"He's a Rebel"115---5single
1963"The Rose and Butterfly"-----single
"San Francisco"-----Color Her Great!
"Poor Butterfly/Stay"-----Discovery!
1964"Forget You"-----single
1965"The Color of Love"-----single
"Busca Ese Camino"-----
"Tell Her of Our Love"-----single
"None But the Lonely Heart"-----single
1966"The Silencers"-----single
"Heartaches"-----Anatomy of Love
"My Heart Reminds Me"-31---The Way of Today!
"Summer Samba (So Nice)"-32---single
"Until Today"-39---single
"Now I Know the Feeling"-28---single
"There I Go"---50-Vikki!
"The Lesson"341---Vikki!
"It Must Be Him"31-22It Must Be Him
1968"She'll Be There"9913---Don't Break My Pretty Balloon
"Your Heart is Free Just Like the Wind"9132---Don't Break My Pretty Balloon
"Don't Break My Pretty Balloon"1147---Don't Break My Pretty Balloon
"A Dissatisfied Man"-18---single
1969"With Pen in Hand"356-39-For Once in My Life
"Can't Take My Eyes off You"-----It Must Be Him
1970"Singing My Song"-30---Nashville by Carr
"Everybody's Talkin'"-----Nashville by Carr
"Ain't No Mountain High Enough"-----Vikki Carr's Love Story
"For Once in My Life"-----For Once in My Life
"I'll Be Home"967---Vikki Carr's Love Story
1971"Six Weeks Every Summer (Christmas Every Other Year)"-28---Vikki Carr's Love Story
"I Can't Give Back the Love I Feel for You"-----Superstar
"Que Sea El"-----Que Sea El
"I'd Do It All Again"-39---Superstar
1972"The Big Hurt"10831---single
"Grande, Grande, Grande"-----En Español
"Let the Band Play On"-----single
1973"Ms. America"-----Ms. America
"Leave a Little Room"-----Live at the Greek Theatre
1974"Sleeping Between Two People"-----One Hell of a Woman
"One Hell of a Woman"-----One Hell of a Woman
"Wind Me Up"-45---One Hell of a Woman
"It Came upon a Midnight Clear"-----single
"Puttin' Myself in Your Hands"-----single
1980"Disculpame"-----Y El Amor
"Abrazame"-----Y El Amor
1981"Total"-----El Retrato del Amor
1982"Todo Me Gusta de Ti"-----Vikki Carr
1983"Ya"-----Vikki Carr
"Prefiero Amar un Extraño"-----El Retrato del Amor
"Eso No"-----El Retrato del Amor
1984"Comprendeme"-----A Todos
1985"Ni Princesa Ni Esclava"-----Simplemente Mujer
"Atrapame"-----Simplemente Mujer
"Ni Me Viene Ni Me Va"-----Simplemente Mujer
"Cantare, Cantaras"-----Hermanos
"Yo Creo en un Mundo de Amor"-----OK Mr. Tango
"Esta Noche Vendras"--33--Esta Noche Vendras
"Tu Dicha, Tu Calma"-----Esta Noche Vendras
"Asi es la Vida"-----Esta Noche Vendras
1987"Que No Que No"-----Me Enloqueces
"Fallaste Corazon"-----Me Enloqueces
"Me Parece Perfecto"-----Me Enloqueces
"Dos Corazones" (duet with Vicente Fernández)--10--Dos Corazones
"Juntos los Dos"-----Dos Corazones
1988"Mala Suerte"--3--Esos Hombres
"Hay Otro en Tu Lugar"--14--Esos Hombres
"Esos Hombres"--37--Esos Hombres
1991"Cosas del Amor" (duet with Ana Gabriel)--1--Cosas del Amor
"Me Estoy Volviendo Loca"-----Cosas del Amor
"Con los Brazos Abiertos"-----Cosas del Amor
1993"Dejame"--30--Brindo a La Vida, Al Bolero, A Ti
"Nadie"-----Brindo a La Vida, Al Bolero, A Ti
"Una Mujer"-----Brindo a La Vida, Al Bolero, A Ti
1994"Amaneci en Tus Brazos"-----Recuerdo a Javier Solis
"Sombras"-----Recuerdo a Javier Solis
"En Mi Viejo San Juan"-----Recuerdo a Javier Solis
"Que No Se Rompa la Noche"-----Emociones
1998"No Soy de Piedra"-----Con El Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitan

Cultural references[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 95. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 217. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  3. ^ searchable database

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