Anna Jantar

Anna Jantar
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Background information
Birth name Anna Maria Szmeterling
Also known as Anna Szmterling
Anna Jantar-Kukulska
Born (1950-06-10)10 June 1950
Poznań, Poland
Died 14 March 1980(1980-03-14) (aged 29)
Warsaw, Poland
Genres
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Piano
Years active 19681980
Labels Polskie Nagrania Muza
Associated acts
Website annajantar.pl

Anna Jantar-Kukulska (born Anna Maria Szmeterling; 10 June 1950 – 14 March 1980) was a Polish singer and the mother of singer Natalia Kukulska.

Early and personal life

Jantar was born in Poznań on 10 June 1950, one of two children born to Józef Szmeterling (1925–1997) and Halina, née Surmacewicz (1924–2016). She attended Adam Mickiewicz High School in Poznań, from 1965 to 1969 and Secondary Music School in Poznań. In 1969, she passed the exam at the State Theater School in Warsaw, but was not accepted due to lack of seats.

Jantar married Polish composer Jarosław Kukulski (26 May 1944, Września – 13 September 2010) on 11 April 1971; the couple had one child, a daughter, singer Natalia Kukulska. A widower after Jantar's 1980 death, he remarried after her death to singer Monika Borys, by whom he had a second child, Piotr.[1]

Career

Jantar began her artistic career in 1968 as Anna Szmeterling. She collaborated with the band Polne Kwiaty and recorded the song "Po ten serce Czerwony" on the Poznań radio. She began her career in 1968 with the song Po ten kwiat czerwony. A year later she became the lead vocalist of the band Waganci. Her best-known song from this period is Co ja w tobie widziałam ("What did I see in you"). Jarosław Kukulski, whom she married on 11 April 1971, was also a member of the group and composed many of her hit songs. In 1972, Jantar began her solo career. In 1973, she took part in the National Festival of Polish Song in Opole with the song Najtrudniejszy pierwszy krok ("The first step is the hardest").[citation needed] Later, she launched many other hits, which made her one of the most popular and famous Polish singers of the 1970s.

She collaborated with many Polish artists, including with Stanisław Sojka, Bogusław Mec, Zbigniew Hołdys and Andrzej Tenard. She also recorded songs with Budka Suflera and the band Perfect.

On 27 December 1979, she flew to the United States. In January and February 1980, she played concerts at the Polish American community clubs in Chicago and New Jersey. On 12 March, she performed her last concert at the Zodiac club in New Jersey.

Death

Jantar died in the crash of LOT Polish Airlines Flight 007 from JFK NY to Warsaw.[2]

Awards

  • 1970 – "Song of the year (1970)" for Co ja w tobie widziałam'
  • 1974 – National Festival of Polish Song in Opole – People's Choice Award for the song "Tyle słońca w całym mieście"
  • 1974 – Coupe d'Europe – 3rd place with Marianna Wróblewska and Tadeusz Woźniak for the song Tyle słońca w całym mieście
  • 1975 – Sopot Festival – 2nd place for her performance of the song "Staruszek świat", people's choice award
  • 1975 – 2nd place for the song Niech ziemia tonie w kwiatach at the Festival of Hit Songs in Dresden
  • 1975 – Polish "Song of the year (1975)" for Tyle słońca w całym mieście
  • 1975 – Polish "Singer of the year (1975)"
  • 1976 – Złota Płyta for her album Tyle słońca w całym mieście at the Sopot Festival
  • 1977 – Złota Płyta for the album "Za każdy uśmiech"
  • 1979 – 2nd place for her performance of her song Tylko mnie poproś do tańca ("Just ask me to dance") at the Festival of Hit Songs in Tampere, Finland
  • 1979 – Polish "Song of the year (1979)" for the song Nic nie może wiecznie trwać ("Nothing lasts forever"), chosen by listeners of the radio station Studia Gama
  • 1979 – Polish "Singer of the year (1979)"

Discography

Singles

  • 1971 – Wszystkie koty w nocy czarne/Marzenia o marzeniaci (Waganci)
  • 1974 – Nastanie dzień/Tyle słońca w całym mieście nie widziałem tego
  • 1975 – Staruszek świat/Dzień bez happy endu
  • 1975 – Będzie dość/Za każdy uśmiech
  • 1975 – Mój tylko mój/Dzień nadziei
  • 1977 – Dyskotekowy bal/Zgubiłam klucz do nieba
  • 1977 – Dyskotekowy bal/Kto umie tęsknić
  • 1978 – Baju-baj proszę pana (Jambalaya)/Radość najpiękniejszych lat
  • 1978 – Po tamtej stronie marzeń/Mój świat zawsze ten sam
  • 1978 – Mój tylko mój/Mój świat zawsze ten sam
  • 1978 – Kto powie nam/Dżinsowe maniery
  • 1978 – Tylko mnie poproś do tańca/Let me stay/Nie wierz mi nie ufaj mi/Zawsze gdzieś czeka ktoś
  • 1979 – Gdzie są dzisiaj tamci ludzie/Nie ma piwa w niebie
  • 1979 – Hopelessly devoted to you/You're the one that I want (with Stanisław Sojka)
  • 1985 – Wielka dama tańczy sama/Moje jedyne marzenie
  • 2005 – Układ z życiem/Nic nie może wiecznie trwać

Albums

  • 1974 – "Tyle słońca w całym mieście", reedition 2001
  • 1975 – "Za każdy uśmiech", reedition 2001
  • 1979 – "Zawsze gdzieś czeka ktoś"
  • 1980 – "Anna Jantar", reedition 1999

Compilations

  • 1980 – "The Best Of"
  • 1986 – "Anna i Natalia" (Anna Jantar, Natalia Kukulska)
  • 1990 – "Piosenki Anny Jantar" (Anna Jantar i inni artyści)
  • 1990 – "The Best Of 2"
  • 1991 – "Piosenki dla dzieci" (Anna Jantar, Natalia Kukulska)
  • 1991 – "Nic nie może wiecznie trwać"
  • 1991 – "Wspomnienie"
  • 1992 – "The collection"
  • 1992 – "Złote przeboje"
  • 1996 – "Cygańska jesień"
  • 1997 – "Antalogia cz.1"
  • 1997 – "Antalogia cz.2"
  • 1999 – "Przyjaciele"
  • 2000 – "Radość najpiękniejszych lat" (Złota kolekcja)
  • 2000 – "Tyle słońca..." live (Koncert poświęcony pamięci Anny Jantar)
  • 2003 – "Perły – Tyle słońca w całym mieście"
  • 2004 – "Platynowa kolekcja – Złote przeboje"
  • 2004 – "The best – Dyskotekowy bal"
  • 2005 – "Tyle słońca..." 3 CD
  • 2005 – "Po tamtej stronie" (Anna Jantar, Natalia Kukulska)
  • 2010 – "Wielka dama" 4 CD

Memorials

  • After the death of Jantar, Polish group Budka Suflera dedicated their song "Słońca jakby mniej" for Jantar.
  • Krzysztof Krawczyk dedicated his song "To co dał nam świat" to Jantar.
  • Anna Jantar “Burstyn" Music Club was founded by Agata Materowicz and Zbigniew Rostkowski. Shortly that Club had more than 1600 members in Poland.
  • In 1984, Agata Materowicz, Zbigniew Rostkowski, and Roman Woszczek organized the exhibition Anna Jantar- First Step- Last Step” at the Students Club „Stodola” – Warsaw. Jarosław Kukulski and Natalia opened the exhibition, and songs were performed by Eleni Tzoka and Halina Frackowiak. The collection included photos, her personal mementos, letters from her Fans, dresses and costumes, awards, long play records etc. From Warsaw, the exhibition moved to Poznań, Łódź and Lublin.[3][4]
  • In Wrzesnia, the local amphitheater is named after Anna Jantar.
  • The mural dedicated to Jantar was unveiled in Opole last September 3, 2020 and was made by her daughter Natalia Kukulska.[5]

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