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Lucio Battisti (1969).

Lucio Battisti (5 March 1943 - 9 September 1998) was an Italian singer-songwriter. From 1969 to 1994, he released 22 albums, a few of which were translations of his work into other languages. Image File history File links Battisti. ... Image File history File links Battisti. ... This article is about the day. ... Year 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 252nd day of the year (253rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ...

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Biography

Musician and composer

Battisti was born in Poggio Bustone, a town in the province of Rieti (Northern Latium), and moved with his family to Rome in 1947. A self-taught guitarist, Battisti made his debut as musician in the 1960s, performing in local bands in Rome, Naples and later in Milan: here he joined I Campioni ("The Champions"), the support band of then famous singer Tony Dallara. Poggio Bustone is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Rieti in the Italian region Latium, located about 70 km northeast of Rome and about 11 km north of Rieti. ... The Province of Rieti (Italian: Provincia di Rieti) is a province in the Latium region of Italy. ... Latium (Lazio in Italian) is a region of central Italy, bordered by Tuscany, Umbria, Abruzzo, Marche, Molise, Campania and the Tyrrhenian Sea. ... For other uses, see Rome (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Naples (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Milan (disambiguation). ...


In Milan he found the aid of a French talent scout, Christine Leroux, who worked for the Ricordi musical label. Leroux took Battisti under her wing, as he penned three sizeable hits in 1966 for other artists ("Per una lira" for Ribelli, "Dolce di giorno" for Dik Dik, and "Uno in Più" for Riki Maiocchi). Leroux also introduced Battisti to songwriter Giulio Rapetti, better known as Mogol: though not impressed at first by Battisti's music, Mogol declared later to have decided to start the collaboration anyway after recognizing Battisti's humble, though determined, desire to improve his work. Mogol also pushed Ricordi to allow Battisti to sing his own songs: Lucio's voice became a point of strength and originality. As a singer, he made his debut with his tune "Per una lira" in 1966: despite the relatively mediocre success (100,000 copies sold, not much for the times), it allowed him to begin building a career as soloist. Casa Ricordi was a classical music publishing company founded in 1808 as G. Ricordi & Co. ... Species Madoqua gunther Madoqua kirkii Madoqua piacentinii Madoqua saltiana Dik-diks, named for the sound they make when alarmed, are small antelopes of the Genus Madoqua that live in the bush of southern and eastern Africa. ... Mogol (on right) with Lucio Battisti Giulio Rapetti (born 1936), in art Mogol, is an Italian lyricist. ...


Battisti continued to write tunes for others in the late 1960s: the US rock group The Grass Roots scored a hit stateside with one of Battisti's compositions, "Balla Linda". With the same song, Battisti classified fourth in the Cantagiro, a then popular competition. 1969 saw another one of Battisti's compositions, "Il Paradiso", become a hit in the UK when it was covered by the group Amen Corner, hitting the number one spot on the singles chart. Cover of The Grass Roots album Anthology: 1965-1975; (left to right) Warren Entner, Rick Coonce, Dennis Provisor and Rob Grill The Grass Roots were a highly successful U.S. rock and roll band that existed between 1965 and 1975 as the brainchild of songwriting duo P.F. Sloan and... Cantagiro was Italian summer festival held from 1962 to 1972 and 1990 to 1993. ... (If Paradise Is) Half as Nice is a popular single by Amen Corner. ... Amen Corner was a successful British pop band, formed in 1966 in Cardiff, Wales. ...


Success as a solo singer in 1970s - The Mogol-Battisti duo

In the same year Battisti took part in the Festival of Sanremo, with the song "Un'avventura", and his popularity began to increase. His first great hit was "Acqua azzurra, acqua chiara" ("Blue Water, Clear Water"), which won the Festivalbar. The same year, Battisti issued his self-titled debut LP, which topped the Italian charts and included another of his most famous songs, "Mi ritorni in mente" ("You Come Back to My Mind"). During this successful year he also met Grazia Letizia Veronese, who lived with Battisti until his death. The Festival della canzone italiana (in Italian: Festival of the Italian song) is a popular Italian song contest running since 1951 and held annually in the city of Sanremo. ... The Festivalbar is an Italian singing competition that takes place in the most important Italian squares during summer, such as the Piazza del Duomo, Milan; the first time it was held was in 1964. ...


In the 1970s Battisti won Festivalbar for the second time in a row, with the song "Fiori rosa, fiori di pesco" ("Pink Flowers, Flowers of Peach"). He started to collaborate with Mina, who sang one of Mogol-Battisti's finest tunes, "Emozioni" ("Emotions"), also the title of the second Battisti's LP. Forming a strong and highly successful duo with songwriter Mogol, Battisti continued to issue solo albums on a regular basis throughout the 1970s: in almost every case they reached the highest places in his country's charts, and are regarded as classics of Italian pop music ("musica leggera"). He also became a popular TV presence. In order to preserve their creative freedom, Battisti and Mogol switched to a label of their own, Numero Uno, founded by the latter back in 1969. Anna Maria Mazzini (born March 25, 1940), known as Mina, is a popular Italian singer, acclaimed for her enormous singing and performing talent. ...


Under the new label Amore e non amore ("Love and Not Love") was released in 1971, followed by the even more successful Umanamente uomo: il sogno (1972) and Il mio canto libero ("A Song to Feel Alive", 1973). The latter topped the Italian charts for 8 weeks: one of its songs was also reissued by Mick Ronson with lyrics translated by David Bowie, as "Music Is Lethal". Until 2006, the eponymous song "Il mio canto libero" has remained one of the most popular songs among Italians. Another success, though slightly more innovative, was Il nostro caro angelo ("Our Dear Angel") of the same year. Mick Ronson (May 26, 1946 – April 29, 1993) born in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire was an English guitarist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and producer. ... David Bowie (IPA: []) (born David Robert Jones on 1947 January 8) is an English singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and audio engineer. ...


After 1974's Anima latina ("Latin Soul"), characterized by increased attention to rhythms and increasingly cryptic lyrics by Mogol, Battisti released another lucky work in 1976, La batteria, il contrabbasso, ecc., including the tune "Ancora tu". In the same year Battisti married Veronese and, most of all, declared he would no longer make public appearances. A rather shy person, he had been always reticent to spend words about his work: now, according to the words with which he accompanied his retiration, "[he was going to] speak no more, since an artist must communicate with the public only through his work".


In 1977 he released Io tu noi tutti. He also relocated to Los Angeles, and issued an album, Images, that featured some of his biggest hits re-recorded in English. However, the attempt to equal his European success in the United States failed. Images is a LP by Italian singer Lucio Battisti. ...


Battisti returned to Rome and in 1978 released Una donna per amico, which was the best-selling Battisti-Mogol LP ever. Nevertheless, it marked the begin of the decline of their relationship. Battisti had started to limit himself to send his music to Mogol by mail, receiving the lyrics in the same way. Critics pointed out that the emotions of the duo's songs had started to wane out. Una giornata uggiosa ("A Gloomy Day") suffered clearly of this lack: Battisti's melodies, moreover, were almost entirely choked by the "international pop" arrangement imposed by English producer Geoff Westley. Although it included Battisti's last great success, "Con il nastro rosa", this was the first Battisti-Mogol LP that not reached the top of the Italian Album Chart.


The "Second period"

In 1981 Battisti broke the partnership with Mogol, switching to a more experimental, sometimes weird inspiration, based often on electronic instruments. The LPs of his "second period", starting from E già of 1982 (with lyrics by his wife), received a mixed reception from both critics and audiences. Mogol started to work with Riccardo Cocciante; in 1990, he declared he had not listened to Battisti's LPs for many years. Riccardo Cocciante (born 1946, Vietnam) is a French-Italian singer. ...


From 1986, starting with Don Giovanni, to 1994, the lyrics on Battisti's albums were written by the poet Pasquale Panella. Don Giovanni combined a return to classic "Battistian" melodies with lyrics which some felt were weird and often meaningless. Others, however, understood the lyrics to be cryptic: an intellectual mind game of sorts. It was the first relative success he had since the 1970s. L'apparenza ("The Appearance", 1988), however, again contained rather impervious lyrics. La sposa occidentale (1990) was the first LP for CBS. The declining sales were hardly a concern for Battisti: it was rumoured that in the 1990s he was gaining 4-5 billion lire a year (approximately 3 million Euro in 2006) from author rights of his 1970s songs only. This article is about the broadcast network. ... For other uses, see Euro (disambiguation). ...


Battisti's last album was Hegel, recorded in 1994.


On September 9, 1998, Battisti died in a Milan hospital. The news was immediately reported by the media and spread quickly throughout the country, generating an unprecedented wave of emotion for a singer. He was later buried in the cemetery of Molteno, the town where he had spent his last years with his family, far from the circus of the show business . is the 252nd day of the year (253rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Country Italy Region Lombardy Province Province of Lecco (LC) Mayor Elevation m Area 3. ...


Several compilations of his best tracks have surfaced after Battisti's death, including 2000's Battisti and 2001's Canzoni d'Amore. His catalogue is published by BMG Music Publishing. Established in 1987, BMG Music Publishing, a unit of Bertelsmann AG, is the world’s leading independent music publisher and the worlds third largest music publisher. ...


Influence and praise

Through the years, Battisti has consolidated his status as probably the most popular Italian singer. His songs remain immensely famous in Italy and are often performed live by other notable musicians.


Discography

Albums

Name Year Hit Parade
position.
Weeks
in Hit Par.
Released by Year
Hit Parade
Lucio Battisti 1969 1 9 Ricordi 3
Emozioni 1970 1 11 Ricordi 4 (1971)
Amore e non amore 1971 1 7 Ricordi 10
Lucio Battisti Vol. 4 1971 3 5 Ricordi 19
Umanamente uomo: il sogno 1972 1 9 Numero Uno 2
Il mio canto libero 1972 1 8 Numero Uno 1
Il nostro caro angelo 1973 1 7 Numero Uno 2
Anima latina 1974 1 6 Numero Uno 8 (1975)
La batteria, il contrabbasso, ecc. 1976 1 7 Numero Uno 3
Io tu noi tutti 1977 1 6 Numero Uno 2
Images 1977 11 2 RCA-Victor 59
Una donna per amico 1978 1 6 Numero Uno 4
Una giornata uggiosa 1980 1 6 Numero Uno 5
E già 1982 1 4 Numero Uno 14
Don Giovanni 1986 1 5 Numero Uno 3
L'apparenza 1988 2 4 Numero Uno 17
La sposa occidentale 1990 4 2 CBS 34
Cosa succederà alla ragazza 1992 8 1 Sony/Columbia 57
Hegel 1994 11 1 Numero Uno 68

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Singles

Single Year Weekly
Hit Parade
Weeks
on the top
Released by Year
Hit Parade
"Per Una Lira" / "Dolce di Giorno" 1966 Ricordi -
"Luisa Rossi" / "Era" 1967 Ricordi -
"Prigioniero del Mondo" / "Balla Linda" 1968 17 Ricordi 87
"La Mia Canzone Per Maria" / "Io Vivrò (Senza Te)" 1968 Ricordi -
"Un'Avventura" / "Non è Francesca" 1969 15 Ricordi 70
"Dieci Ragazze" / "Acqua Azzurra, Acqua Chiara" 1969 3 Ricordi 19
"Mi Ritorni in Mente" / "7 e 40" 1969 1 2 Ricordi 11
"Fiori Rosa, Fiori di Pesco" / "Il Tempo di Morire" 1970 2 Ricordi 10
"Anna" / "Emozioni" 1970 1 7 Ricordi 6
"Pensieri e Parole" / "Insieme a Te Sto Bene" 1971 1 14 Ricordi 1
"Dio Mio No" / "Era" 1971 5 Ricordi 38
"Le Tre Verità" / "Supermarket" 1971 9 Ricordi 69
"La Canzone del Sole" / "Anche Per Te" 1971 1 1 Numero Uno 7
"Elena No" / "Una" 1972 21 Ricordi 91
"I Giardini di Marzo" / "Comunque Bella" 1972 1 7 Numero Uno 4
"Il Mio Canto Libero" / "Confusione" 1972 1 9 Numero Uno 3
"La Collina dei Ciliegi" / "Il Nostro Caro Angelo" 1973 1 12 Numero Uno 6
"Due mondi" / "Abbracciala, abbracciali, abbracciati" 1974 Numero Uno -
"Ancora tu" / "Dove arriva quel cespuglio" 1976 1 12 Numero Uno 1
"Amarsi un po'" / "Sì, viaggiare" 1977 1 8 Numero Uno 1
"Una donna per amico" / "Nessun dolore" 1978 1 11 Numero Uno 2
"Una giornata uggiosa" / "Con il nastro rosa" 1980 2 Numero Uno 17
"E Già" / "Straniero" 1982 6 Numero Uno 52

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English Language Recordings

A few of his songs were translated into the English language. The album Images was the only official worldwide release, however in Britain a single was published with two other translations: Baby It's You (Ancora tu) and Lady (Donna selvaggia donna). A full translation of the CD Una donna per amico, to be called Friends, which had the above songs, was recorded but never published. The two songs and the CD were translated and produced by Frank Musker. ([1], [2], [3]) Images is a LP by Italian singer Lucio Battisti. ... Frank Musker Frank Musker is a songwriter and composer. ...


Here is a full list of his English recordings, according to [4]:

  • RELEASED
  • Images
  • Baby it's you - Ancora tu
  • Lady - Donna selvaggia donna
  • UNRELEASED
  • My father told me - instrumental of Nel sole, nel vento, nel sorriso, e nel pianto
  • Wake me I'm dreaming - Mi ritorni in mente
  • You and your tomorrow - Acqua azzurra, acqua chiara
  • The following were considered for Images, translated not by Peter Powell but by Marva Jan Marrow:
  • Star in a film - L'interprete di un film
  • Since I have forgotten about you - Eppur mi son scordato di te with different accompaniment melody and an acoustic guitar
  • Our dear angel - Il nostro caro angelo
  • Freedom song - An alternate translation of Il mio canto libero, sung solo and with guitar
  • The sun song - An alternate translation of La canzone del sole, set to the original Italian version's melody
  • To love a bit - Amarsi un po', the words were changed into "To feel in love" for the album
  • Friends - A translation of the album Una donna per amico, replacing the song Maledetto gatto with translations of two of his other hits. All the songs were translated by Frank Musker.
  1. Baby it's you - shorter version
  2. I think of you - previous hit E penso a te, different from the tribute by Tanita Tikaram
  3. Take it as it comes - Prendila così
  4. Lady - slightly different from released version
  5. Day to day - Perchè no
  6. Afraid of falling - Aver paura di innamorsi troppo
  7. Pain is gone - Nessun dolore
  8. A woman as a friend - Una donna per amico
  9. Goin' to the movies - Al cinema
  • "Pain is gone" and "A woman as a friend" were recorded twice. The first version of "Pain is gone" places an emphasis on bongos and the chorus sings "Nessun dolore" in the background; the second version has an English repetition in the background. The only major difference between the two "A woman as a friend" versions is the second verse.

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Trivia

  • Battisti was renowned to be extremely reserved: during his successful career he performed only a handful of live exhibitions, in which was backed by the band Formula 3.

External links

  • Full discography


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