Special to the Parade
Vikki Carr is slated to perform during a Valentine’s Night event slated at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 at the McAllen Civic Center Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Carr is a beloved accomplished entertainer in the United States, Latin America and Europe. She is approaching the fifth decade of a career in which she has won three Grammy awards and has released over 60 best selling recordings. Her 2006 summer tour sold out shows in the U.S., Mexico and South America. She has performed for the Queen of England, five United States presidents, wartime soldiers in Vietnam and sold out audiences around the world. She has worked in radio, television, film and theater. Her music embraces two languages and she is among the first artists to bridge the cultures of the United States and Latin America, paving the way for many performers today.
In March 2007, EMI-Gold released a 3-disc set, “Vikki Carr: The Ultimate Collection” to rave reviews.
Born in El Paso, Texas, and raised in the San Gabriel Valley of California, Carr, the eldest of seven children, began performing at the tender age of four singing Adeste Fidelis in Latin at a Christmas program. She was signed to a contract with Liberty Records in 1961.
Columbia Records signed Carr in 1970, releasing such favorites as Love Story, Live at the Greek and One Hell of a Woman, and Ms. America, which was so ahead of it’s time.
Proud of her Mexican heritage, Carr has always shared her birth name with her concert audiences and held a deep desire to one-day record an album in Spanish. In 1972, she went to the head of Columbia Records for permission to do so, and while her request was initially met with resistance, Carr had a solution to every argument. “My Anglo audience has asked me to do this,” she responded firmly. Several months later, she released her first Spanish language album, Vikki Carr en Español. Somos Novios, Grande, Grande Grande and Se Acabo became momentous successes and Vikki was established as one of the most popular and loved recording artists in the Latin World.
She has received prestigious awards, which include the 2005 National Hispanic Media Coalition Impact Lifetime Achievement Award, 2003 Latino Spirit Award, 2003 Tito Guizar Award, 2002 Trefoil Award, 2000 Inductee, Latino Legends Hall of Fame, 1998 Imagen Foundation “Humanitarian Award, 1996 Hispanic Heritage Award, 1988 Nosotros Golden Eagle Award, 1984 Hispanic Woman of the Year, 1981 Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 1974 Doctorate in Law from San Diego University and Doctorate in Fine Arts from St. Edwards University, 1972 American Guild of Variety Artist’s “Entertainer of the Year”, and the Los Angeles Times’ highly respected “Woman of the Year” for 1970.r able to do.”
For ticket information, call (956) 358-4986. Partial proceeds will go to Teach the Children & Grace Community Church.