Dover Daily Reporter, May 23, 1964, Page 43

Publication: Dover Daily Reporter May 23, 1964

Dover Daily Reporter (Newspaper) - May 23, 1964, Dover, Ohio DAN FLAGG By Don Sherwood I Page 43, TKe Daily Reporter, Dover, Ohio May 23, 19€4The Disc World By MARY CAMPBEII AP Newsfeatures Writer DUA PAVONE is built something like the lot© Edith Piaf, sounds something like Brenda Lee and very well may be on the way to something like Elvis Presley's success. Her 5 singles and 2 albums already are big in Italy, where she was born 18 years ago and discovered less than 2 years ago at a vocal competition called "The Rally of the Unknowns." Her singles have sold 4 million copies in Italy and sell in other countries of Europe and in South America. She's currently in the top 5 in Brazil. Rita recorded her first album and single in English at the RCA Studio in New York. Musicians were scattered around the big recording studio, a female trio sang "Fine, confino" into a mike, and 5-foot, 80-pound Rita, almost hidden between panels of accoustical plyboard, sang in her big voice, "I've lost that boy that I adore," then really lined out, "and I can't hold back the tears anymore." During the playback, the trio did the Twist while Rita curled up on a desk to repeat the words of her next song. She speaks only Italian and learns to pronounce the English lyrics by repeating them after a and r man Joe Rene. In Italy, Rita explains through an interpreter, the teenagers like rock 'n roll, but on the sentimental melodic side. This also is her personal prefer11* ence and she especially likes her new single, "Remember Me," with its slow but well-marked tempo. This kind of song, she says, Italian young people find good for dancing. "And in a lot of dancing places you can even see the ladies around 50 years old doing Twist. It seems some of them ar© fairly good." Rita says that when she was entering her teen years she had 3 dreams: to become a singer, to perform in America and to get Paul Anka's autograph. When she sang at that time, she imitated Paul Anka and thought she did a pretty good imitation. At I 4 she left school to work as an assistant dressmaker. She went to the movies, sometimes 3 times a week, with her parents and 3 brothers. Recreation still is a family event because her father, who is Sicilian, follow? the tradition that young girls do not date. Rita says, "I hope when I am 21." Rita's manager says she earned $2 a week as an assistant seamstress, now earns $3,000 a day but because she is not yet 21 still has $2 in her pocket. Rita says she always believed that someday sh© would make a success as a singer, but she entered the Rally of the Unknowns with a pessimistic approach, trying not to expect too much. When she won, it came as a shock. Every personal appearance has its shocks, too, Rita says. She feels shy before she goes on stage, then while she is singing all bashfulness disappears, like a miracle. But when she is finished, she feels shock that she has sung. Recording causes nor© of these emotions. Rita says, but despite all the butterflies, she still prefers to sing to a live audience. Rita says her fame in Italy has brought no change in her personality. She is still extremely bashful and considers herself complex and too often melancholy. She say? if she goes to a party and everyone is happy, she feels melancholy; if everyone there is melancholy, she usually feels cheerful. However, she is satisfied with the way she (looks. Because she is so tiny, she says, she gets into the hearts of adulis as well as teenagers. They look at her and think, "That is my niece." Italian producers have been talking movies to Rita's manager and she recently finished putting a musical comedy series on tape for Italian TV next fall. It is called "Gian Borrasca" (Johnny the Storm) and in it Rita plays an Italian Dennis the Menace. She usually appears in public in her Gion costume — shirts, pants and suspenders — with her hair short and tousled and freckles (they're real) shining. The costume is publicity for the series, Rita says, and also for modesty since her fans sometimes suddenly pick up the tiny singer and toss her into ;the air. Rita says she isn't a tomboy but IOO per (cent young woman. "You don't need to wear a woman's dress to be a woman." ^ j Rita collects dolls and stuffed animals, keeps a \j dog as a pet, loves cartoons on TV, can hardly wait to see Disneyland and intends to learn Eivg-ish as her first foreign language. ;

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Publication: Dover Daily Reporter

Location: Dover, Ohio

Issue Date: May 23, 1964

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