Irena Santor was born November 9, 1934 in Papowo Biskupie near Bydgoszcz.
She was a very popular and prolific Polish singer in her youth. She spent first years of her life in Solec Kujawski. She graduated a Glazier Technical and Vocational school in Polanica Zdrój. She pursued her vocal career afterwards. She was promoted by Zdzisław Górzyński who recommended her to Tadeusz Sygietyński, director and founder of the Mazowsze - Polish State Folk Song and Dance Ensemble in 1951.
In 1959 Irena Santor left Mazowsze and started her solo career making first public debut in December that year. She toured many European countries giving numerous performances and earning prestigious prizes. She recorded many hits of that era, composed exclusively for her by such composers like Jerzy Wasowski, Wladyslaw Szpilman, Piotr Figiel, Wojciech Karolak a.o. In 2000 her album Santor Cafe was released, including covers of the greatest world hits of Burt Bacharach, Michel Legrand, and Hubert Giraud.
She is now retired from the music stage but performs occasionally.
Her greatest hits: Embarras, Powrócisz tu, Tych lat nie odda nikt, Maleńki znak, Na krzywym kole, Kamienne schodki, Odrobinę szczęścia w miłości, Pójde na stare miasto, Warszawa, ja i ty.
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