Pilar ‘Pilita’ Garrido Corrales was one of the the first women to make the Australian pop charts with a locally produced record - her hit single ‘Come Closer to Me’, in 1959.
Born in the Philippines, Pilita began her distinguished recording career in Australia, after being shipwrecked off the coast of Arnhem Land. In Sydney Pilita released ‘Come Closer to Me’ with Astor Records in November 1959; it was a cover of ‘Acércate Más’, a 1946 track written by Cuban songwriter Osvaldo Farrés and performed in Spanish.
Pilita recorded at least three LPs in Australia and became an early television star, before returning to the Philippines in 1963. She has starred in many films and on television, recorded more than 135 albums and appeared as one of the judges in the Philippines edition of The X Factor.