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Gretchen

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There are several artists with the name Gretchen:

1) A Brazillian singer.
2) A Christian female-fronted Gothic metal band
3) A German duo founded in 1998 in Berlin.
4) A Canadian surf/noise band from Calgary. http://gretchen.bandcamp.com/

1) Maria Odete Brito de Miranda, known as Gretchen (born on May 29, 1959 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) became notorious as the “Rainha do Bumbum” (“Butt Queen”) in the late 1970s when, after doing backing vocals for years, she appeared on a TV show and soon recorded her debut album, “Dance With Me”, released in 1978. In 1980, 1981 and 1982, she released her three most successful albums: My Name Is Gretchen, You and Me, and Lonely. These three albums featured songs that became hallmarks in her career, such as “Freak Le Boom Boom”, “Melô do Piripipi” and “Conga Conga Conga”.

Between 1980 and 1982, she grabbed the media’s attention by making “sexy” music, while still enjoying popularity among children. After Lonely in 1982, she went on a downward spiral while trying to remain on the charts. Born as a Roman Catholic, she embraced the Protestant faith in the 1990s, and began singing Gospel music. By the end of the 1990s, her hits had returned to dance floors. With the emergence of Butt Music stars like Carla Perez, Gretchen was eventually recognized as a forerunner of the hip shakers. The compilation 20 Super Sucessos came out in 1998 on Copacabana/EMI.

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