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|Born||18 October 1957|
|Genres||New wave, pop rock, alternative rock, chanson|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, choreographer, actress|
|Instruments||Vocals, keyboards, guitar, bass guitar|
|Associated acts||Les Rita Mitsouko, Sparks, Marc Lavoine, John Frusciante, Mark Plati, RZA, Bernard Lavilliers|
Catherine Ringer (French pronunciation: [katʁin ʁɛ̃ʒe] , born 18 October 1957 in Suresnes, France) is a French singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, choreographer, actress, and co-founder of the pop rock group Les Rita Mitsouko. She is also the daughter of French artist Sam Ringer.
Ringer started her professional career on stage in the late 1970s in productions with Michael Lonsdale's Théâtre de Recherche Musicale as well as musical and dance productions. In 1976, she met the Argentine dancer and choreographer Marcia Moretto with whom she studied and also performed in various venues in Paris.The hit song "Marcia Baïla" was written as a tribute to Moretto after her death in 1981. On film, Ringer also performed in pornographic films such as La Fessée (1976) and Body Love (1977).
In 1979, she met Fred Chichin with whom she founded and co-led the music group Les Rita Mitsouko. Ringer continued leading the group after Chichin's death in November 2007.
Les Rita Mitsouko was a French pop rock group formed by Fred Chichin and Catherine Ringer. The duo first performed as Rita Mitsouko at Gibus Club in Paris in 1980. They went on to become one of the most acclaimed musical acts in France. "Marcia Baila", their debut single produced by Conny Plank, went to number 2 in the French singles chart in 1984. They then started a collaboration with producer Tony Visconti on two albums: the No Comprendo and Marc & Robert. "Singing in the Shower", sung as a duet with Sparks, was a commercial success in France and was then heavily played on US dance radio stations in 1988. Iggy Pop also collaborated with them on 1993's Système D, duetting with Ringer on "My Love Is Bad".
Frédéric "Fred" Chichin was a French musician and songwriter.
Jean-Michel André Jarre is a French composer, performer and music producer. He is a pioneer in the electronic, synthpop, ambient and new-age genres, and known as an organiser of outdoor spectacles of his music featuring lights, laser displays, and fireworks.
The 11th César Awards ceremony, presented by the Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma, honoured the best French films of 1985 and took place on 22 February 1986 at the Palais des Congrès in Paris. The ceremony was chaired by Madeleine Renaud and Jean-Louis Barrault and hosted by Michel Drucker. Three Men and a Cradle won the award for Best Film.
Marcia Moretto, born in 1949 in Argentina and died in 1981 in Paris, was an Argentinian dancer, choreographer and director.
Rita Mitsouko is the début studio album by the French pop rock group Les Rita Mitsouko. It was released in April 1984 and includes the singles "Restez Avec Moi" and "Marcia Baïla".
The No Comprendo is the second studio album by French pop rock group Les Rita Mitsouko. It was released in 1986 and includes the singles "Andy", "C'est Comme Ça" and "Les Histoires d’A.".
Marc & Robert is the third studio album by French pop rock group Les Rita Mitsouko. It was released in 1988 and reached number thirty-five on the French Albums Chart. Marc & Robert includes the singles "Mandolino City", "Singing in the Shower", "Le Petit Train" and "Tongue Dance".
Re is a remix album by French pop rock group Les Rita Mitsouko. It was released in 1990 and includes the singles "Hip Kit" and "Don't Forget the Nite". The album is compilation of new remixes, 12" single remixes and a new re-recording.
Système D is the fourth studio album by French pop rock group Les Rita Mitsouko. It was released in 1993 and reached number seven on the French Albums Chart. Système D includes the singles "Y’A D’La Haine", "Les Amants", and "Femme d’Affaires".
Cool frénésie is the fifth studio album by French duo Les Rita Mitsouko.
Variéty is the seventh and last studio album by Les Rita Mitsouko. An English-language version of the album was produced for the international English speaking market under the modified title of Variety. The French-language version reached No. 5 on the French Albums chart, while the English recording peaked at #163.
Acoustiques is a live album by French duo Les Rita Mitsouko. "Les Consonnes" and "La Tailles Du Bambou" were new songs at the time of release and made their début on the album.
Le Bestov is a compilation album by French duo Les Rita Mitsouko. Limited quantities came with an accompanying DVD of videos.
Emmaüs Mouvement: 1949–1999 Emmaüs a 50 ans is a compilation album for the 50th anniversary of the Emmaüs Mouvement, founded by Abbé Pierre in 1949.
"Marcia Baïla" is a 1984 song recorded by the French duo Rita Mitsouko. It was the third single from their first album, Rita Mitsouko, and was released in April of that year. Dedicated to a dancer with the band who died in 1981, this song was a big hit both in France and abroad and can be considered as being one of the band's signature songs.
La Cigale is a theater at 120, boulevard de Rochechouart near Place Pigalle, in the 18th arrondissement of Paris. The theatre is part of a complex that is connected to Le Trabendo and the Boule Noire. The hall can accommodate 1389 people or 954 people. The floor of the orchestra has a scalable platform that can tilt and rise through a system of hydraulics.
Plaza Francia is an international musical project of a trio of famous musicians made up of Catherine Ringer as main vocalist singing compositions from Argentine Eduardo Makaroff and Swiss Christoph H. Müller both from Gotan Project.
Christoph H. Müller is a musician and composer born in Stuttgart, Germany and raised in Switzerland.
"Andy" is a song by the French duo Rita Mitsouko. It was released in summer 1986 as the lead single from their second studio album The No Comprendo.