Lea Ivanova

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Lea Ivanova
Native name
Лилия Иванова
Birth nameLea Ivanova
Born(1923-08-13)13 August 1923
Dupnitsa, Bulgaria
Died28 May 1986(1986-05-28) (aged 62)
LabelsQaliton, Deutsche Vogue, Electrorecord, MUZA, Balkanton
Associated actsGilbert Bécaud, Udo Jürgens

Lea Ivanova (August 13, 1923 — May 28, 1986) was a Bulgarian jazz singer.


Ivanova was born in Dupnitsa, Bulgaria on August 13, 1923. She moved to Constantinople, where she spent the rest of her childhood and sang in the children's choir of the Bulgarian Exarchate. In 1940s, she came back to Bulgaria where her intention was to study art at Sofia, Bulgarian capitol. She joined Slavic Talk jazz orchestra as a soloist instead when saxophonist Leon L'Alfàs suggested her to join. In the early 50s, she performed with various jazz and swing outfits. In 1956, she worked with the orchestras of Christo Vuchkov and Dimitar Ganev for Big Orchestra Concert Directorate conductors of which were Boris Simeonov and Emil Georgiev. During this period, she wrote a commercial jingle for a department store TsUM and Chico from Puerto Rico which was in Latin American style.[1]

In 1957, she and her husband, Eddie Kazasyan, formed Eddy Kazassian Combo orchestra with which they spent 30 years together. They performed in Belgrade in 1960 with Quincy Jones And His Orchestra, and in 1962 and 1963 at Friedrich Shtadt Palace in Berlin. From 1963 to 1983, Ivanova worked in various variety shows which included French chansons, evergreens, Russian romances, Bulgarian folklore and Italian canzone. She also shared a stage with Gilbert Bécaud and Udo Jürgens. Her music was banned in her home country, and she even was imprisoned and sent to a labor camp for promoting retrogressive sound and obscene behavior. After her release, she continued with her career till her final days. She died on May 28, 1986 from cancer disease. Her labels include Bulgarian Balkanton, German Deutsche Vogue, Hungarian Qaliton, Polish MUZA and Romanian Electrorecord.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Lea Ivanova". Discogs. Retrieved July 4, 2013.