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Gică Petrescu

Background information
Birth name Gică Petrescu
Born April 2, 1915(1915-04-02)
Origin Bucharest , Romania
Died June 18, 2006 (aged 91)
Genres Light music
Years active 1937—2006
Labels Electrecord

Gică Petrescu (2 April 1915 – 18 June 2006) was a prolific light music and Romanian popular music composer and performer. He made his debut at age 18 by joining a student band, having just graduated from the "Gheorghe Şincai" high school in Bucharest. His official debut was made by performing for radio audiences in 1937. Between 1937-1939 he carried on singing with the "Radu Ghindă" and "Dinu Şerbănescu" orchestras at the Sinaia Casino.

He holds a record for the number of composed and performed songs (over 1,500),[citation needed] in an amazingly varied discography, many of which became national hits which were covered again and again by other Romanian artists. Some of those hits are:

  • Căsuţa noastră
  • Bucuresti, măi Bucureşti
  • Lalele, lalele
  • Uite-aşa aş vrea să mor

On 5 May 2003, then-president of Romania, Ion Iliescu, awarded Gică Petrescu the Knight's Order of the Star of Romania as he celebrated his 88th anniversary.

On 18 June 2006, around 18:00 GMT +2, he was due to receive the national award "Premiile muzicale Radio România Actualităţi". The award was canceled, as he had died that very morning. He was 91 years old.


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