Karina (Spanish singer)

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Born María Isabel Llaudes Santiago
(1946-12-04) 4 December 1946 (age 71)
Jaén, Andalusia, Spain
Occupation Singer

María Isabel Llaudes Santiago (4 December 1946), better known by her stage name Karina, is a Spanish singer who had her biggest success in the late 1960s until the mid-1970s. She was born in Jaén, Andalusia to Trinidad Santiago and Salvador Llaudes.


After working in television for some years, she recorded her first album in 1964, which was especially successful in Venezuela. She became known to the Spanish audience in 1965 with a hit version of France Gall's "Poupée de cire, poupée de son". She also recorded a contemporary Spanish [or Portuguese?] version of the James Bond song Goldfinger. In 1966, she was awarded the Best Yé-yé Singer Prize. One of her films she starred in was "Los Chicos del Preu" (The College Kids) (1967). Her songs, like "Romeo y Julieta", "Las flechas del amor", "El baúl de los recuerdos", and "La fiesta" became hits in Spain.

She represented Spain at the 1971 Eurovision Song Contest with the song "En un mundo nuevo", where she placed second, bested only by Monaco's contestant Séverine with her song "Un banc, un arbre, une rue". After Eurovision she starred in the same-titled film En un mundo nuevo, which was inspired by her participation at the contest. At the end of the yé-yé years she moved to Mexico where she became moderately successful singing rancheras. She is still performing today.

Personal life[edit]

She has been married four times and has two daughters. In recent years, she was diagnosed with cancer but has since made a full recovery in the USA.[citation needed]


Selected LP[edit]

  • 1966 "Karina Vol. I"
  • 1968 "Karina Vol. II"
  • 1970 "Karina Vol. III"
  • 1970 "Colores"
  • 1971 "Pasaporte a Dublín"
  • 1972 "Tiempo al tiempo"
  • 1972 "Lo mejor de Karina"
  • 1973 "Lo mejor de Karina"
  • 1974 "Lady Elizabeth"
  • 1974 "Juntos para ayudarte"
  • 1978 "Karina"
  • 1985 "El disco de oro de Karina"
  • 1991 "Soy como soy"
  • 1995 "Primera época (1961-1964)"


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Preceded by
Julio Iglesias
with "Gwendolyne"
Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Jaime Morey
with "Amanece"