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Lucio Dalla : biography

4 March 1943 – 1 March 2012

Lucio Dalla (Bologna, 4 March 1943 – Montreux, 1 March 2012) was a popular Italian singer-songwriter, musician and actor. He also played clarinet and keyboards.

Dalla was the composer of Caruso (1986), which has been covered by numerous international artists. A version of Caruso sung by Luciano Pavarotti sold over 9 million copies, and another version was a track on Andrea Bocelli’s first international album Romanza, which later sold over 20 million copies worldwide. The Columbus Dispatch, 27 November 2011. This piece is also on Josh Groban’s album Closer,Josh Groban, Closer, CD (143 Records/Reprise Records, International Inc.) which sold over 5,000,000 copies in the United States. The song is a tribute to the emblematic opera tenor Enrico Caruso. Maynard Ferguson also covered the song on his album "Brass Attitude", after having previously paid tribute to Caruso with his rendition of Vesti la giubba (titled as Pagliacci) on the album "Primal Scream".Maynard Ferguson, "Primal Scream", CD (Columbia Records, 1976)

Discography

The singer-songwriter’s discography includes twenty-two studio albums for the Italian market, a Q Disc, nine live albums, various collections and several albums for the foreign market. The recording debut as a soloist took place in 1964, with the release of the single Lei (non è per me) / Ma questa sera, published on 45 rpm.

DVD

  • Live@RTSI – 20 dicembre 1978 (2001)
  • Retrospettiva (2003)
  • In concerto (2004)
  • Banana Republic (2006)
  • TU NON MI BASTI MAI (2009)

Filmography

With regard to filmography there are seventeen films in which the musician figure as an actor and another twelve, of which the artist has taken care of the music.

Albums

  • 1999 (1966)
  • Terra di Gaibola (1970)
  • Storie di casa mia (1970)
  • Il giorno aveva cinque teste (1973)
  • Quel fenomeno di Lucio Dalla (1973)
  • L’album di… Lucio Dalla (1974)
  • Anidride solforosa (1975)
  • Automobili (1976)
  • 4 Marzo 1943 (1976)
  • Come è profondo il mare (1977)
  • Lucio Dalla (1979)
  • Banana Republic (1979, with Francesco De Gregori and Ron)
  • Dalla (1980)
  • Lucio Dalla (Q Disc) (1981)
  • Torino, Milano e dintorni (1981)
  • Gli anni Settanta (1981)
  • 1983 (1983)
  • Viaggi organizzati (1984)
  • Bugie (1985)
  • The best of Lucio Dalla (1985)
  • DallameriCaruso (1986)
  • Dalla/Morandi (1988)
  • Cambio (1990)
  • Il motore del 2000 (1990)
  • Il primo Lucio Dalla (1990)
  • Amen (1992)
  • Henna (1993)
  • Maria Farantouri sings Lucio Dalla (1995,with Maria Farantouri)
  • Le origini (1996)
  • Canzoni (1996)
  • Ciao (1999)
  • Luna Matana (2001)
  • Live@RTSI – 20 dicembre 1978 (2001)
  • Dal vivo – Bologna 2 settembre 1974 (2001)
  • Caro amico ti scrivo… (Best of) (2002)
  • Tosca. Amore disperato (2003)
  • Lucio (2003)
  • 12000 Lune (Best of/Box Set) (2003)
  • Il contrario di me (2007)
  • Angoli nel cielo (2010)
  • Questo è amore (2011)

Biography

Beginnings

Dalla was born in Bologna, Italy. He began to play the clarinet at an early age, in a jazz band in Bologna, and became member of a local jazz band called Rheno Dixieland Band, together with the future film director Pupi Avati. Avati said that he decided to leave the band after feeling overwhelmed by Dalla’s talent. He also acknowledged that his film, Ma quando arrivano le ragazze? (2005), was inspired by his friendship with Dalla. In the 1960s the band participated in the first Jazz Festival at Antibes, France. The Rheno Dixieland Band won the first prize in the traditional jazz band category and was noticed by a Roman band called Second Roman New Orleans Jazz Band: with them Dalla performed his first record in 1961, and had the first contacts with RCA records, his future music publisher.