She was reportedly one of Juan Gabriel 's muses. Bell was born in Santiago , Chile, in In the mids, she was barely in her teens when she won a talent contest held at Radio Mineria in Santiago and became a regular at the station's live broadcasts. Her voice caught the attention of band leader Roberto Inglez who, in , hired her as a vocalist for his group and took her on a three-week gig at New York's Waldorf Astoria.
They went over so well that the band and its brand new singer stayed for a year. Next they toured Europe and in Madrid Monna had such a phenomenal reception that she decided to go solo becoming a big sensation at the Pasapoga, the city's most fashionable night club.
The song won all the top awards and became an international major hit when Monna recorded it for the Hispavox label. It was the first of many hits that made her a recording sensation both in Europe and Latin America. She toured the world and decided to settle down in Mexico where she branched out into films and married cinematographer Alex Phillips Jr. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Get free delivery with Amazon Prime.
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Her recording of "Un Telegrama" became an international hit both in Europe and Latin American making Monna Bell a top recording artist. Monna Bell combined her recording activities with live performances and television work. Between and Mexican film producers featured her in three films just to take advantage of her popularity as a singer.
Around this time she settled in Mexico and married cinematographer Alex Phillips Jr. The marriage did not last long but it produced a daughter and a son. Monna's reputation as a hit maker followed her for many years and in she left the Hispavox label and signed with Mexico's Musart.
However, the Musart sessions relayed heavily on Spanish covers of American and British hits and although these assured her air play on Spanish language radio stations everywhere, the excitement of the first years was gone. In the s she left Musart and signed with Orfeon where mediocre material, bad arrangements and worst production values sabotaged her career.
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