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Maryla Rodowicz

Polish singer
The basics
About
Occupation Singer
Country Poland
Date of birth Zielona Góra, Lubusz Voivodeship, Poland
Family
Spouse: Krzysztof Jasiński
Awards Knight of the Order of Polonia Restituta, Medal for Merit to Culture
Authority Musicbrainz id Discogs id VIAF id Library of congress id ISNI id IMDB id
The details
Biography

Maryla Rodowicz (born Maria Antonina Rodowicz, 8 December 1945 in Zielona Góra) is a Polish singer and actress.

Early life

Originally the Rodowicz family came from Vilnius. Her father worked at the Stefan Batory University in Vilnius before the war and her grandparents were the owners of a pharmacy near the famous Gate of Dawn, the city gate of Vilnius. Rodowicz studied at Liceum Ziemi Kujawskiej (Cuiavian Land High School) in Włocławek and graduated from the Akademia Wychowania Fizycznego (Academy of Physical Education) in Warsaw. In her youth, she was a keen participant in athletics among other things at Kujawiak Włocławek.

Career

Her career began in 1967, after winning first prize at the Festiwal Piosenki i Piosenkarzy Studenckich (Student Songs and Singers' Festival) in Kraków. Two years later she recorded her first well-known song, "Mówiły mu" ("The girls told him", English version known as "Love Doesn't Grow On Trees"), and in 1970 - her first longplay. In 1973, she gained popularity with the song "Małgośka" with lyrics by Agnieszka Osiecka. A year later, during the World Cup Opening Ceremony in Munich, she performed a song "Futbol" ("Football").

The singer's body of work comprises over 600 recorded songs, with over 20 Polish albums as well as albums in English, Czech, German and Russian. Apart from "Małgośka", the artist's most famous songs are "Niech żyje bal" ("Long live the ball"), "To już było" ("Done that"), "Wielka Woda" ("Great water"), "Rozmowa przez ocean" ("Talk over the ocean"), "Bossanova do poduszki" ("Bedside bossa nova"), "Łatwopalni" ("Inflammables") and her latest album's hits such as "Wszyscy chcą kochać" ("Everybody wants to love") and "Będzie co ma być" ("What is to be, will be"). In 2005 she recorded an album Kochać (To love) with lyrics by Katarzyna Nosowska. On the occasion of World Cup 2006, she recorded a song "Za Janasa" ("For Janas") with Nosowska's lyrics.

Rodowicz has performed in concert worldwide: in Europe, America, Australia, and Asia. She has won awards for her singing. She has also participated in various festivals including outside the borders of Poland, for example in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Los Angeles, as well as in Poland including the Festiwal Piosenki i Piosenkarzy Studenckich (Student Songs and Singers' Festival) in Kraków and the Krajowy Festiwal Piosenki Polskiej (National Polish Song Festival) in Opole.

Rodowicz is also an actress who has performed in several movies and in musical entertainment. She regularly performs in a Polsat TV channel series Rodzina zastępcza (Foster Family).

In 1992 she released her autobiography under the title of Niech żyje bal.

She was featured in a 2012 episode of the Polish Name That Tune, known as Jaka to Melodia, in which she sang her rendition of the popular Chór Czejanda number Czerwony Autobus ("The Red Bus") after a celebrity contestant guessed the song.

Songs

The notable Polish Madonna written by Agnieszka Osiecka (an emotional portrait of an average Polish woman trying to make ends meet) contains clear Catholic symbolism and references to the social circumstances characteristic to Poland in the late eighties that marked the last years of the communist era in Poland. In this song, the author questions whether the "Polish Madonna" (or, in other words, the Catholic Holy Mary, usually portrayed as holding baby Jesus in her arms) has enough money to pay for rent, promising her that the child will get a welcome allowance to the public kindergarten. The old communist promises are never fulfilled for her, and her dreams of having a lipstick "made in France" can only come true in her dreams. The song won the journalists' prize at the Opole festival in 1987.

Personal life

She has three children, Jan Jasiński (born in 1979) and Katarzyna Jasińska (born in 1982) with her first husband, Krzysztof Jasiński. She also has a son Jędrzej (born in 1987) with her second (and present) husband Andrzej Dużyński.

Discography

Rodowicz in Warsaw, 2007

Polish-language albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
POL
Żyj mój świecie
  • Released: 1970
  • Label: Polskie Nagrania Muza
  • Formats: LP, CD, digital download
  • POL: 160,000+
  • POL: Gold
Wyznanie
  • Released: 1972
  • Label: Pronit
  • Formats: LP, CD, digital download
Rok
  • Released: 1974
  • Label: Pronit
  • Formats: LP, CD, digital download
Sing-Sing
  • Released: 1976
  • Label: Pronit
  • Formats: LP, CD, digital download
Wsiąść do pociągu
  • Released: 1978
  • Label: Pronit
  • Formats: LP, CD, digital download
  • POL: 160,000+
  • POL: Gold
Cyrk nocą
  • Released: 1979
  • Label: Pronit
  • Formats: LP, CD, digital download
Święty spokój
  • Released: 1982
  • Label: Polskie Nagrania Muza
  • Formats: LP, CD, digital download
Był sobie król
  • Released: 1984
  • Label: Polton
  • Formats: LP, CD, digital download
Gejsza nocy
  • Released: 1986
  • Label: Polskie Nagrania Muza
  • Formats: LP, CD, digital download
Polska Madonna
  • Released: 1987
  • Label: Polskie Nagrania Muza
  • Formats: LP, CD, digital download
Full
  • Released: 1991
  • Label: Polton
  • Formats: LP, CD
Absolutnie nic
  • Released: 1992
  • Label: Polskie Nagrania Muza
  • Formats: LP, CD, digital download
Złota Maryla
  • Released: 1995
  • Label: Tra-La-La
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Marysia biesiadna
  • Released: 1995
  • Label: Tra-la-la
  • Formats: CD
  • POL: 100,000+
  • POL: Gold
Przed zakrętem
  • Released: 1998
  • Label: PolyGram Poland
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • POL: 50,000+
  • POL: Gold
Karnawał 2000
  • Released: November 22, 1999
  • Label: Universal Music Poland
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Życie ładna rzecz
  • Released: November 8, 2002
  • Label: Universal Music Poland
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Maryla i przyjaciele
  • Released: January 12, 2004
  • Label: Polskie Radio
  • Formats: CD
Kochać
  • Released: September 23, 2005
  • Label: Sony BMG
  • Formats: CD, digital download
5
  • POL: 30,000+
  • POL: Platinum
Jest cudnie
  • Released: May 12, 2008
  • Label: Sony BMG
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2
  • POL: 30,000+
  • POL: Platinum
50
  • Released: November 22, 2010
  • Label: Universal Music Poland
  • Formats: CD, digital download
3
  • POL: 30,000+
  • POL: Platinum
Buty 2
  • Released: November 25, 2011
  • Label: Universal Music Poland
  • Formats: CD, digital download
16
  • POL: 30,000+
  • POL: Platinum
Ach świecie
  • Released: September 15, 2017
  • Label: Sony Music Poland
  • Formats: CD, digital download
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

German-language albums

Title Album details
Maryla Rodowicz
  • Released: 1973
  • Label: Amiga
  • Formats: LP
Die Grossen Erfolge
  • Released: 2007
  • Label: Amiga
  • Formats: CD

Russian-language albums

Title Album details
Maryla Rodowicz
  • Released: 1984
  • Label: Melodia
  • Formats: LP

Multilingual albums

Title Album details Notes
Maryla Rodowiczova
  • Released: 1972
  • Label: Supraphon
  • Formats: LP
  • released in Czechoslovakia

Tribute albums

Title Album details
Tribute To Agnieszka Osiecka. Łatwopalni
  • Released: June 28, 1997
  • Label: PolyGram Poland
  • Formats: CD

Christmas albums

Title Album details Notes
12 najpiękniejszych kolęd
  • Released: 2001
  • Label: Universal Music Poland
  • Formats: CD
  • Pani Domu magazine insert

Live albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
POL
Niebieska Maryla
  • Released: September 14, 2000
  • Label: Universal Music Poland
  • Formats: CD
10
  • POL: 50,000+
  • POL: Gold
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums

Title Album details Sales Certifications
Antologia 1
  • Released: October 19, 1996
  • Label: Universal Music Poland
  • Formats: CD
  • POL: 100,000+
  • POL: Gold
Antologia 2
  • Released: October 19, 1996
  • Label: Universal Music Poland
  • Formats: CD
Antologia 3
  • Released: October 19, 1996
  • Label: Universal Music Poland
  • Formats: CD
Maryla Rodowicz, Rarytasy Cz. I (1967-1970)
  • Released: November 5, 2012
  • Label: Universal Music Poland
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Maryla Rodowicz, Rarytasy Cz. II (1970-1973)
  • Released: December 4, 2012
  • Label: Universal Music Poland
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Maryla Rodowicz, Rarytasy Cz. III (1974-1977)
  • Released: March 19, 2013
  • Label: Universal Music Poland
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Maryla Rodowicz, Rarytasy Cz. IV (1977-1982)
  • Released: April 16, 2013
  • Label: Universal Music Poland
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Maryla Rodowicz, Rarytasy Cz. V (Lata 80-te cz. I)
  • Released: May 28, 2013
  • Label: Universal Music Poland
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Maryla Rodowicz, Rarytasy Cz. VI (Lata 80-te cz. II)
  • Released: May 28, 2013
  • Label: Universal Music Poland
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Maryla Rodowicz, Rarytasy Cz. VII (1990-2000)
  • Released: August 6, 2013
  • Label: Universal Music Poland
  • Formats: CD, digital download
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