Irena Jarocka (18 August 1946 - 21 January 2012), was a Polish singer.
Jarocka was born in Srebrna Góra, Poland. She graduated from the V Liceum Ogólnokształcące im. Stefana Żeromskiego, and the faculty of music studies at Średnia Szkoła Muzyczna in Gdańsk, studying under professor Halina Mickiewiczówna. She later graduated from a Faculty of Biology at a teachers' college. Between 1969 and 1973 she lived in Paris on a scholarship, studying at Le Petit Conservatoire de la Chanson.
Jarocka participated in amateur singing competitions, and worked with Zespół Estradowy Marynarki Wojennej Flotylla. In 1966, at 20 years old, she debuted at Klub Rudy Kot in Gdańsk, and first participated in the Krajowy Festiwal Piosenki Polskiej in Opole. She also performed at the Sopot Festival.
She recorded albums for the Philips label and performed in concerts with Michel Sardou, Enrico Macias, Charles Aznavour, and Mireille Mathieu. She has sung in concerts within Poland and in Germany, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, Luxembourg, Australia and France, and for Polish communities in the USA and Canada. Jarocka worked with Polanie, Czerwone Gitary, Budka Suflera, and Exodus.
Film and TV:
Jarocka acted with Andrzej Kopiczyński in the film adaptation of Motylem jestem, czyli romans 40-latka ("I am a butterfly, or a 40-year-old's romance"), the adventures of engineer Stefan Karwowski, scripted and directed by Jerzy Gruza and Krzysztof Teodor Toeplitz. In the film she sang her own songs Motylem jestem ("I am a butterfly") and Po prostu człowiek ("Simply a human").
Her performances and programs were recorded for Telewizja Polska stations in Gdańsk, Łódź, Poznań, Wrocław, Katowice, and Warsaw, including Irena Jarocka zaprasza ("Irena Jarocka Invites You"), Irena Jarocka i jej goście ("Irena Jarocka and Guests"), Spotkanie z gwiazdą ("A Meeting with a Star") which starred Michael Delpech, Mężczyzna na niepogodę ("Man for Bad Weather") with Roman Frankl, Największe przeboje Ireny Jarockiej ("Biggest Hits of Irena Jarocka"), Zwariowany dzień ("A Crazy Day"), and Bo wszystko jest piosenką francuską ("Because Everything is a French Song"). She also took part in Muzyka łączy pokolenia ("Music Connects Generations") on TVP3.
In 2006, in the USA, she took part in the Amerykańskie Rozmowy w toku ("American Conversations") with Ewa Drzyzga. The show dealt with famous Poles trying to make a living abroad.
Jarocka joined the Echo International campaign, which resulted in two conferences in Gdynia promoting the health of women.
From 1990 she lived in the USA with her husband Michael Sobolewski and their daughter Monika Sobolewska while performing continuously in the States and European countries. She maintained continuous ties with her public in Poland while living periodically in Warsaw during her frequent concert tours there. In 2007 Jarocka published an autobiographical novel, Motylem jestem, czyli piosenka o mnie samej She died, aged 65, in Warsaw.
1968: First place - Telewizyjna Giełda Piosenki with song "Gondolierzy znad Wisły" (Gondoliers from Vistula),
1971: Silver Gronostaj Award - Festival in Rennes, for music interpretation,
1973: Silver Ring award - FPŻ in Kołobrzeg, with song "Ballada o żołnierzu, któremu udało się powrócić" (Ballad of a soldier, who manager to return),
1974: Audience Award - International Song Festival in Sopot,
1975: Silver Nail of 1974 - Number 1 popularity award by readers of the "Kurier Polski (dziennik popołudniowy)",
1975: Second place - Coupe d'Europe Musicale in Villach, Austria,
1976: Silver Nail of 1975 - Number 1 popularity award by readers of the "Kurier Polski (dziennik popołudniowy)",
1976: Special mention - Festival in Tokyo, Japan, for song "Odpływają kawiarenki" (Cafes are floating away),
1977: Silver Nail of 1976 - Number 1 popularity award by readers of the "Kurier Polski (dziennik popołudniowy)",
1978: Special mention - Festival in Palma de Mallorca, for song "Wymyśliłam cię" (I made you up),
1978: Second place - Festival in Drezno, Germany, for song "Mój słodki Charlie" (My sweet Charlie),
1978: Special mention - Festival in Limassol, Cyprus,
1979: Silver Nail of 1978 - Number 1 popularity award by readers of the "Kurier Polski (dziennik popołudniowy)"