Lucio Battisti 5 March — 9 September was an influential Italian singer-songwriter and composer. He is widely recognized for songs that defined the late s and s era of Italian songwriting.
One of the greatest, most influential and innovative Italian singers and musicians of all time, he is considered one of the greatest figures in the history of Italian music both as a composer and performer of his songs, and as a composer for other artists.
Battisti released 18 studio albums from towith a significant portion of this catalogue translated into Spanish various albumsEnglish one albumFrench two albumsand German one album. He was known to be an extremely reserved artist, performing only a small number of live concerts during his career. Already since he announced that he would speak to the public only through his musical work, limiting himself to the recording of studio albums and disappearing from the public scene. Battisti was born in Poggio Bustonea small town in the province of Rieti northern Lazioand moved with his family to Rome in A self-taught guitarist, Battisti made his debut as musician in the s, performing in local bands in Rome, Naples and later in Milan where he joined I Campioni The Championsthe support band of then famous singer Tony Dallara.
In Milan he found the support of the French talent scout Christine Leroux, who worked for the Ricordi music label. Leroux also introduced Battisti to lyricist Giulio Rapetti, better known as Mogol : though not impressed at first by Battisti's music, Mogol later declared to have started the collaboration after recognizing Battisti's humble, though determined, desire to improve his work.
Mogol also pushed Ricordi to allow Battisti to sing his own songs: Battisti's voice became the focal point of his strength and UnAvventura - Lucio Battisti - Lucio Battisti. As a singer, he made his debut with the song " Per una lira " in despite the song's poor success only copies sold throughout Italy!
Battisti continued to write for others, in the late s: the US rock group The Grass Roots scored a hit stateside with one of Battisti's compositions, " Balla Linda ", translated as "Bella Linda". With the same song, Battisti classified fourth in the Cantagiroa then popular Italian Pop music competition. In the same year Battisti took part in the Festival of Sanremowith the song " Un'avventura ", and his popularity began to increase.
His first great hit was " Acqua azzurra, acqua chiara ", which won the Festivalbar. The same year, Ricordi issued Battisti's self-titled debut album. During this successful year he met Grazia Letizia Veronese, who later married and lived with Battisti until his death. Forming a strong and highly successful duo with lyricist Mogol, Battisti continued to issue solo albums on a regular basis throughout the s: in almost every case they reached the highest places in UnAvventura - Lucio Battisti - Lucio Battisti country's charts, and are regarded as classics of Italian Pop Music "musica leggera".
He also became a popular TV presence. In Battisti won Festivalbar for the second time in a row, with the song " Fiori rosa, fiori di pesco ", and started to collaborate with Minawho sang some of Mogol-Battisti's finest tunes. Battisti was really angry about this, as he had composed a concept album called Amore e non amorebut his label chose to release the compilation rather than the album, which was considered to be too experimental and advanced for the Italian audience.
Amore e non amore was eventually released in Julybut in order to preserve their creative freedom, Battisti and Mogol moved over to Numero Unoone of Italy's first independent record labels, founded by them in The new label released Umanamente uomo: il sogno followed by the even more successful Il mio canto libero The latter topped the Italian charts for 8 weeks: one of its songs — " Io vorrei, non vorrei, ma se vuoi " — was UnAvventura - Lucio Battisti - Lucio Battisti recorded by Mick Ronson with lyrics translated by David Bowieas " Music Is Lethal " on the album Slaughter on 10th Avenue.
The song " Il mio canto libero " has remained one of the most popular songs among Italians. Another successful album was Il nostro caro angelo Anima latina is considered Battisti's most complex and multi-layered work, a new personal approach to progressive rock with an increased attention to rhythms and increasingly cryptic lyrics by Mogol; nonetheless, their work enjoyed a good success, Bodas De Sangre - Various - Experience - Spain for 13 weeks at number one in Italian chart.
Lucio Battisti, la batteria, il contrabbasso, ecceterareleased in and including the hit " Ancora tu ", was an even bigger success; many of the songs clearly showing the artist's interest in the then-emerging Disco sounds and production values that would have a large influence on his three subsequent albums. In he released Io tu noi tutti. He also relocated to Los Angeles, and issued an album, Imagesthat UnAvventura - Lucio Battisti - Lucio Battisti some of his biggest hits re-recorded in English.
However, the attempt to equal his You Will Lose More - Conscience - Hysteria Repeats Itself success in the United States failed. This was followed in by Una giornata uggiosaproduced by the same team.
It contained Battisti's last great success, " Con il nastro rosa ". Considered one of the duo's best compositions, it featured a long guitar solo by Resurfacing - Mammoth Grinder - Extinction Of Humanity Palmer. Battisti's songs written with Mogol continue to be covered by artists with an international reputation; a more recent example is Tanita Tikaram 's " And I Think of You " "E penso a te".
Battisti, a rather shy person, had always been reluctant to talk about himself and his work. In the early s he declared he would no longer make public appearances nor release any interviews: in his words "[he was going to] speak no more, since an artist must communicate with the public only through his work". In some very Domine-Toi - Various - Mmm Ahhh Ohhh occasions, though, he appeared as a TV guest in other countries such as France, Switzerland and Germany, and only after can his vow be considered completely fulfilled, with a perseverance similar to that of J.
Salinger and other famous recluses. In Battisti broke the partnership with Mogol, switching to a more experimental inspiration based often on electronic instruments. Mogol started to work with Riccardo Cocciante ; inhe declared he had not listened to Battisti's LPs for many years. Fromstarting with Don Giovannitothe 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 seemingly meaningless.
Others, however, understood UnAvventura - Lucio Battisti - Lucio Battisti lyrics to be cryptic: an intellectual mind game of sorts. Don Giovanni had a reasonable success in Italy. The following L'apparenzaUnAvventura - Lucio Battisti - Lucio Battistiagain contained rather impervious lyrics; its success was worse than the one had by Don Giovanniin chart position as well as in sales volumes.
La sposa occidentale was released for CBSand marked another fall in sales and success. The declining sales were hardly a concern for Battisti: it was rumoured that in the s he was earning 4—5 billion lire a year approximately 3 million Euro in solely from author rights of his s songs. On 9 SeptemberBattisti died in a Milan hospital.
The New York Times said the cause was cancer. He was also said to have been suffering from glomerulonephritis.
He was later buried in UnAvventura - Lucio Battisti - Lucio Battisti cemetery of Moltenothe town where he had spent his last years with his family. Several compilations of his best tracks have surfaced after Battisti's death, including 's Battisti and 's Canzoni d'amore.
Through the years, Battisti consolidated his status as one of the most well-known Italian singers. His songs remain immensely popular in Italy, and are often performed live by other professional musicians.
The minor planet Battisti was named in his memory. It was Golden Earring - Angel by two Italian astronomers at the Sormano Astronomical Observatory in northern Italy near his home-town.
A few of his songs were translated into the English language. The album Images UnAvventura - Lucio Battisti - Lucio Battisti 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 album Una donna per amicoto be called Friendswhich had the above songs, was recorded but never published. The two songs and the album were translated and produced by Frank Musker. Full list of Battisti's English recordings: . From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in Italian.
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