37 Facts About Nico

1. Christa Paffgen, known by her stage name Nico, was a German singer, songwriter, musician, model, and actress.

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2. Nico was born Christa Paffgen in Cologne to Wilhelm and Margarete "Grete" Paffgen.

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3. When Nico was two years old, she moved with her mother and grandfather to the Spreewald forest outside Berlin to escape the World War II bombardments of Cologne.

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4. Nico's attended school until the age of 13, and began selling lingerie in the exclusive department store KaDeWe, eventually getting modelling jobs in Berlin.

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5. Nico was discovered at 16 by the photographer Herbert Tobias while both were working at a KaDeWe fashion show in Berlin.

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6. Nico gave her the name "Nico" after a man he had fallen in love with, filmmaker Nikos Papatakis, and she used it for the rest of her life.

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7. Nico's moved to Paris and began working for Vogue, Tempo, Vie Nuove, Mascotte Spettacolo, Camera, Elle, and other fashion magazines.

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8. Nico's recorded the title track, which was written by Serge Gainsbourg but not released until 2001, when it was included in the compilation Le Cinema de Serge Gainsbourg.

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9. In 1965, Nico met the Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones and recorded her first single, "I'm Not Sayin'", with the B-side "The Last Mile", produced by Jimmy Page for Andrew Loog Oldham's Immediate label.

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10. In 1967, Nico recorded his song "I'll Keep It with Mine" for her first album, Chelsea Girl.

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11. Marble Index, released in 1968, Nico wrote the lyrics and music.

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12. Nico released two more solo albums in the 1970s, Desertshore and The End.

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13. Nico's appeared at the Rainbow Theatre, in London, with Cale, Eno, and Kevin Ayers.

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14. Nico performed a version of the Doors' "The End", which was the catalyst for The End.

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15. Nico's met Garrel in 1969 and contributed the song "The Falconer" to his film Le Lit de la Vierge.

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16. Nico supplied the music for this film and collaborated closely with the director.

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17. Nico's appeared in the Garrel films Anathor; the silent Jean Seberg feature Les Hautes Solitudes, released in 1974; Un ange passe (1975); Le Berceau de cristal (1976), starring Pierre Clementi, Nico and Anita Pallenberg; and Voyage au jardin des morts (1978).

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18. On 13 December 1974, Nico opened for Tangerine Dream's infamous concert at Reims Cathedral in Reims, France.

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19. Around this time, Nico became involved with Berliner musician Lutz Ulbrich, guitarist for Ash Ra Tempel.

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20. In September 1978, Nico performed at the Canet Roc '78 festival in Spain.

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21. Nico's made a vocal contribution to Neuronium's second album, Vuelo Quimico, as she was at the studio, by chance, while it was being recorded in Barcelona in 1978 by Michel Huygen, Carlos Guirao and Albert Gimenez.

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22. Nico's began playing regularly at the Squat Theatre and other venues with Jim Tisdall accompanying her on harp and Gittler guitar.

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23. Nico recorded her next studio album, Drama of Exile, in 1981.

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24. Nico toured in 1982 with post-punk band Blue Orchids as her backing band.

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25. In September 1982, Nico performed at the Deeside Leisure Centre for the Futurama Festival.

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26. Nico's recorded her final solo album, Camera Obscura, in 1985, with the Faction.

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27. Nico was then inspired by Egyptian music and Egyptian singer and diva Oum Kalthoum.

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28. Nico saw herself as part of a tradition of bohemian artists, which she traced back to the Romanticism of the early 19th century.

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29. Apart from Germany, where she grew up, and Spain, where she died, Nico lived in Italy and France in the 1950s, spent most of the 1960s in the US, and lived in London in the early 1960s and again in the 1980s, when she moved between London and Manchester.

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30. Nico's was certainly capable of very casual racism about Alan [Wise], who was Jewish, but that was a way of having a go at Al.

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31. On 17 July 1988, during a holiday with Ari on the Spanish island of Ibiza, Nico hit her head when she fell off her bicycle.

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32. Nico's was misdiagnosed as suffering from heat exposure and was declared dead at 8:00 pm.

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33. Nico's sat down in front of the mirror and wrapped a black scarf around her head.

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34. Nico inspired many musicians including Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Cure, Morrissey, Elliott Smith and Bjork.

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35. Bauhaus' singer, Peter Murphy, considered that "Nico recorded the first truly Gothic album, Marble lndex or The End.

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36. Nico was Gothic, but she was Mary Shelley to everyone else's Hammer Horror.

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37. Song 'Last Ride' on Beach House's 2018 album 7 "was inspired by" Nico, according to lead singer Victoria Legrand.

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