| 1959–1974|| Szczecin, Poland (1959)|
| Polskie Nagrania Muza
Veriton (Polish record label)
Bruno Records (USA record label)
Radio Request Records (USA record label)
Melodia Record Co. (USA record label)|
Filipinki - to my, Nie wierz chłopcom, Zlota Kolekcja
Pop music, Jazz, Doo-wop, Beat music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop
Iwona Racz‑Szczygielska, Niki Ikonomu, Krystyna Sadowska‑Nizowicz, Anna Sadowa‑Stroińska, Elżbieta Klausz
Filipinki were the first Polish all-girl vocal group and also Poland’s leading female band of the 1960s.
Filipinki were founded in October 1959 at an economic college in Szczecin and became popular in Poland through exposure at music festivals and other events during the years that followed. They named themselves after popular teen girl magazine Filipinka.
By 1963 they were well-established but the big breakthrough came with their Wala Twist – a playful song celebrating female cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, who became the first woman into space aboard Vostok 6 in June 1963. Wala Twist immediately became a smash-hit in Poland and the Soviet Union. In the same year Filipinki released their first EP vinyl record in the Soviet Union and two more EPs in Poland. Just in 1964 their Polish EPs sold over 704,740 copies (N-0298: 353,240 copies and N-0299: 351,500 copies). The group became extremely popular both domestically and in all countries of the Eastern Bloc, becoming one of the first teen musicians acts to appear regularly on Polish, Soviet Union and GDR television programs. In the mid-1960s they were called The Beatles Girls by Polish media.
In 1965 Filipinki became first Eastern Bloc young musicians to tour overseas – in Canada and the United States. They performed concerts, among others, in the cities: Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, New York City, Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Baltimore. They returned to America in 1966 for the next three-month tour. Filipinki also released three vinyl records in Canada and the US – two LPs and one EP.
In 1968 Filipinki reduced group from seven to five vocalists, totally changed their image and revamped as a rock band.
The group disbanded in November 1974 after a 15-year run. Their success made it possible for future Polish teenage musicians and girl bands to find mainstream success.
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