Concierto Para Las Madres
May 13th, 2006
wows the audience...
On Stage at the California
Theater of Performing Arts
On Stage with Mariachi Los
Camperos de Nati Cano
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Vikki receives a key to the
city from San Bernardino Mayor Patrick Morris after her sold
Vikki's audience was
Smooth, passionate vocals? It must be Vikki Carr
George A. Paul,
Staff writer, Daily News
When it comes to longevity in the music business, only a few
female vocalists of Latino heritage can match Vikki Carr's track
CONCERT PREVIEW: SINFONIA MEXICANA
What: Presenting Concierto
Para Las Madres, a Mother's Day concert featuring Vikki Carr
7:30 p.m. Saturday with Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano
California Theatre of Performing Arts, 562 W. Fourth St., San
Tickets: Sold out Information: (909) 884-3228,
Over the past four decades, she has won Grammy Awards, amassed
several gold and platinum discs worldwide, sung before Queen
Elizabeth and five U.S. presidents and claimed a star on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame.
This weekend, Carr will appear at California Theatre -- her first
Inland Empire visit since a concert at Cal State San Bernardino's
Coussoulis Arena in 1996.
According to Tony Bocanegra, executive director of Sinfonia
Mexicana, Carr fans who attend the special Mother's Day-oriented
show are in for a treat. "She will be accompanied by one of the best
mariachi bands in the country" who often play in Las Vegas.
He said the California Theatre date sold out a month in advance
and that organizers considered adding another one. Instead, they
plan to bring her back next year.
The program is expected to include several mariachi numbers.
Then, Bocanegra added, "she will wow us with a couple of songs we
all know and love, like ‘It's Impossible' (popularized by Perry
Como), ‘Can't Take My Eyes Off You' (Frankie Valli) and ‘It Must Be
Born Florencia Biscenta de Casillas Martinez Cardona in El Paso,
Texas, Carr, 64, was raised in the San Fernando Valley and began
singing at age 4. She signed a contract with Liberty Records in
Best known in America for her late '60s pop hits "It Must Be
Him," "With Pen in Hand" and "The Lesson," she first found fame abroad
when the 1962 single "He's a Rebel" hit it big in Australia.
Carr was the first female to be a regular guest host on the
"Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" and frequently made the rounds on
popular TV variety shows of the day hosted by Ed Sullivan, Carol
Burnett and Perry Como. Guest appearances on "The Mod Squad" and
"Fantasy Island" followed.
In 1972, she put out her first Spanish-language disc. Long
overdue recognition in that genre came during the '90s, when she
received a pair of Grammys (Best Latin Pop Album for "Cosas del
Amor" and Best Mexican-American Performance, Vocal or Instrumental
for "Recuerdo a Javier Solis'').
Astute moviegoers might recall "It Must Be Him" from its prominent
placement in the 1987 Cher/Nicolas Cage film "Moonstruck." More
recently, Carr was seen on TV's "Baywatch," in George Clooney's
acclaimed "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" and the direct-to-video
release "Puerto Vallarta Squeeze," starring Harvey Keitel.
She also garnered positive notices for her role in the 2002 L.A.
musical "Follies," starring Hal Linden and Patty Duke. A bilingual
Latin jazz-tinged disc of standards is reportedly in the works.