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Palmenia Pizarro

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Chile (1961 – present)

Palmenia del Carmen Pizarro González (San Felipe, Chile, 19 de julio de 1941), known as Palmenia Pizarro, is a Chilean singer. She’s been an active singer since 1961.

She was born in San Felipe, Valparaíso Region, in the village of El Almendral. She discovered her interest in music in her early years. Her parents and her music teacher aimed her to start a difficult, longstanding career since she was 7 years old. At age 11, Palmenia moved to Santiago of Chile to have a try as a singer. At age 16, her talent is appreciated by some radio stations and she received an award as Mejor Intérprete Folclórica (Best Folk Singer). Her participation in the radio contest Así Canta Perú (“Perú sings this way”) in 1962 marked her first record deal with EMI.

In 1963, songs like Mi Pobreza and Amarga Experiencia achieved spectacular sales. Her shows were a blockbuster, achieving both recognition of Chilean critics and audiences. However, it was her song Cariño Malo, composed by the Peruvian musician Augusto Polo Campos, who marked her consecration. However, a series of events, exacerbated by some journalists and presenters of Chilean television (including Don Francisco), forced her to settle in Mexico, where after a performance on the Televisa’s show Siempre en Domingo (“Always on Sunday”) and with the support of the prominent singer Chavela Vargas, she achieved a successful career in that country. Subsequently, she got many recognitions who allowed her to start a successful international career, which led her to perform in countries such as Australia, USA, Argentina and Japan (where he met Atahualpa Yupanqui); in the latter, she recorded two songs in Japanese.

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  • primeraestrella

    Reina <3

    30 Jan 11:15pm Reply
  • eschalchli

    Cariño Malo es el tema mas chacal que he escuchado en mi vida Y el cover que hace VARON del mismo tema es tambien a toda raja.

    15 Aug 2008 Reply

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