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Amanda Lear

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Saint-Étienne-du-Grès, France (1975 – present)

Amanda Lear (born 18 November 1939 is a French singer, lyricist, composer, painter, TV presenter, actress and novelist. She is the daughter of an Englishman and a Russian exile. Currently she lives in Saint-Étienne-du-Grès, France near Avignon in the south.

She studied art in Paris and in the 60s moved to London. During this period she got to know the most prominent designers, musicians and artists belonging to the artistic circles she frequented. Her preferences were predominantly for the Surrealist movement and for bodily expression, since she has also studied the art of mime. The meeting with Dali changed her life.

In the following 15 years she became the only woman friend, the muse and confidant of the great artist and his wife Gala. She lived in their house in Cadaquès (Spain) and accompanied them when they moved to New York and Paris in the winter. Although he had declared that a woman should never paint, Dali became her mentor, allowing her to work alongside him and teaching her all she knows about art and its techniques.
He took her to visit all the great museums of the world, acting as her guide in the discovery of artists from his own highly individual point of view. Famous throughout the world as a pop singer, she soared to celebrity when her first song entered the international hit parades, but this not lead her to neglect the passion of her life: painting.

In 1975, disillusioned by a shallow but surprisingly conservative fashion industry and encouraged by boyfriend David Bowie, who paid for singing and dancing lessons, Lear decided to launch a career in music. Bowie recommended her a Hungarian voice coach Florence Wiese-Norberg, with whom he also worked.

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  • MrNorway

    My happiness (I love Elvis) - Pure art!

    23 Mar 8:52am Reply
  • JoaoCougoMess

    Suspicious Minds <3

    19 Mar 3:21am Reply
  • heartbreakdown

    currently discovering her discography and all I can say is that I'm fascinated by it. Pure art. ♥

    1 Mar 3:30am Reply
  • Irishized

    Her snippet of "Suspicious Minds" which was uploaded to the Facebook page is BEYOND. I am living for this album.

    17 Feb 10:55pm Reply
  • RainyWoods

    Amanda Lear's birth gender really is irrelevant at this stage. Even if those papers' reports are true, she has lived the better part of her life as a woman and should be considered as such. She is an icon and a genius, to be honest, and I'm really looking forward to her new album next year! [3] Yes, Amanda Lear is Amanda Lear. She's an enigma and that's part of her allure and why we all love her so much. To be honest I never want to know the true history behind her life. I look at Amanda and all I see is the beautiful, clever, fascinating woman who's music and art I fell in love with many years ago. I know Amanda gives us reason to talk about her past due to the nature of some of her earlier lyrics but frankly I think it's unnecessary to do so today and a bit disrespectful, especially calling her "Mr.Tap". Anyway, new album next month. March 17th is the date when "My Happiness" hits the shelves. A collection of Elvis covers. I'm beyond excited. This will be the year of the Lear.

    10 Feb 1:52am Reply
  • heartbreakdown

    Amanda Lear's birth gender really is irrelevant at this stage. Even if those papers' reports are true, she has lived the better part of her life as a woman and should be considered as such. She is an icon and a genius, to be honest, and I'm really looking forward to her new album next year! [2]

    8 Feb 3:46pm Reply
  • discotequedude

    "Gold" <3

    8 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Irishized

    Amanda Lear's birth gender really is irrelevant at this stage. Even if those papers' reports are true, she has lived the better part of her life as a woman and should be considered as such. She is an icon and a genius, to be honest, and I'm really looking forward to her new album next year!

    1 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Upperhandedx

    love Amanda Lear (Mr.Tap) have all her vinyls and cds,,,but have to say i don't care for this album...but like that she has such a new fan base...she was basically ignored in the USA during the 90s...shes like Cher shes a survivor..

    12 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Upperhandedx

    an excerpt from an article from an Italian newspaper surfaced online in November 2011, including a reproduction of a copy of Lear's birth act, which states that she was born Alain Maurice Louis René Tap on 18 June 1939 in Saigon, and a picture of Lear as a young man.[1

    12 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Upperhandedx

    yes she was born a man...its been documented with her birth certifcate last year in the UK..she was born in Hong Kong to British parents.. started doing drag in the 50s,,SalvadorDali..who loved trannys paid for her living..then Bryan Ferry and Bowie..everyone in the gay community knows she was born a man..whats the big deal...she made great music..why the charade?

    12 Aug 2013 Reply
  • RussellChap

    The Sphinx is great. The world weary & wry vocal performance by Amanda Lear works a charm with the lyrics.

    20 Jun 2013 Reply
  • seanf101

    I never heard of amanda lear until earlier this year, I am a big fan of Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Donna Summer but thanks to last.fm I also love amanda lear, and grace jones

    26 May 2013 Reply
  • Electreff87

    goddess

    1 May 2013 Reply
  • discotequedude

    500 plays of Amanda Lear in my library with the song "Fever".

    1 Apr 2013 Reply
  • discotequedude

    Please vote this photograph up http://www.last.fm/music/Amanda+Lear/+images/62178525

    12 Mar 2013 Reply
  • tonticcone

    Is she a transexual?

    6 Feb 2013 Reply
  • KaiRichieHilton

    Love her <3

    23 Nov 2012 Reply
  • pechorkinname

    Хм, 400, а 2742 слабо?

    16 Nov 2012 Reply
  • discotequedude

    I have scrobbed Amanda Lear in my library 400 times. The 400th play with the song "I'm Coming Up (Special Ops Hello Dali Mix)."

    14 Oct 2012 Reply
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