Julia De Palma was born Iolanda Maria De Palma in Milan, Italy on April 21, 1932. Her singing career began in the early 1950s on radio with, showman, composer, and pianist Lelio Luttazzi [1923-2010]. In the beginning she sang French songs such as “C'est si bon”, “Maître Pierre” and “Rien dans les mains, rien dans les poches”. Her powerful and sophisticated voice gained fame thanks to interpretations of many jazz classics: her albums ‘Jula in Jazz’ (1958), and ‘Jula in Jazz 2’ (1959), contained songs like "I've Got You Under My Skin", "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)," and "Blues in the Night".
In 1957, she married composer Carlo Lanzi. In 1959 she performed at the "Festival di Sanremo," where she shocked the audience and the press with her passionate performance of the song "Tua." Since it was considered "too sexy," she didn't appear on national television (RAI) for several years. However, the public maintained their interest in her.
In 1970 she was the first female artist to get a recital of her own at the Sistina theater in Rome, gracing with her refined vocal abilities such standards as ("That Old Black Magic", "I Won't Dance" and "St. Louis Blues"); the bossa nova tune "Desafinado"; and some great Italian selections, two of them made famous by Mina ("Bugiardo e incosciente" and "Non credere"). This successful performance became available on the LP ‘Jula al Sistina’.
In 1974, after many years of success, she retired from music and moved with her family to Canada. In 2001, she made a brief comeback on Italian television.
De PALMA, Jula (Iolanda Maria De Palma) [4/21/1932, Milan, Lombardy, Italy - ] – singer, married to composer Carlo Lanzi [1931-2022] (1957- ), mother of divorce lawyer Simonetta Lanzi.
Find a Place to Die – 1968 [sings: “Find a Place to Die”, “Era un cow-boy”]
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