Amália Rodrigues

Amália Rodrigues

Amália Rodrigues (July 23, 1920 – October 6, 1999) was a Portuguese fadista (fado singer) who was dubbed, by media and fans around the globe, as "The Queen of Fado".

Rodrigues was born in Lisbon, Portugal, and began singing at an early age. She made her professional debut in 1939, and quickly became one of the most popular fado singers in Portugal. In the 1950s, she began to tour internationally, and soon became a global sensation. She performed in some of the world's most prestigious venues, including the Olympia in Paris, the Carnegie Hall in New York City, and the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Rodrigues' popularity was due in part to her unique voice, which was both powerful and expressive. She was also a gifted performer, and her concerts were known for their emotional intensity. Rodrigues' songs often dealt with themes of love, loss, and longing, and she was able to connect with her audiences on a deep level.

In addition to her singing career, Rodrigues also appeared in several films, including "Fado" (1947), "Capas Negras" (1947), and "O Leão da Estrela" (1947). She was a controversial figure in some quarters, due to her outspoken views on politics and religion. However, she remained a beloved figure in Portugal, and her music continues to be enjoyed by people all over the world.

Rodrigues died in Lisbon in 1999, at the age of 79. She was mourned by millions of fans around the world, and her legacy continues to live on.

Rodrigues' music has been praised for its beauty, its emotional intensity, and its authenticity. She is considered to be one of the greatest fado singers of all time, and her music continues to be enjoyed by people all over the world.