Franco Califano

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Franco Califano
Franco Califano - Roma 2011.jpg
Califano in concert, 2011
Background information
Born (1938-09-14)14 September 1938
Tripoli, Libya
Origin Rome, Italy
Died 30 March 2013(2013-03-30) (aged 74)
Acilia, Rome, Italy
Genres Easy, Pop
Occupation(s) lyricist, singer, actor
Years active 1960 – 2013
Website francocalifano.it

Franco Califano (14 September 1938 – 30 March 2013) was an Italian lyricist, composer, singer-songwriter, author and actor.[1] During his career Califano has sold about 20 million records.

Life and career

Born in an airplane above Tripoli, Libya, Califano lived most of his life in Rome (in whose dialect he usually sang) and Milan.[2] In the 1960s he began his career in music as a lyricist and a record producer;[3] among his first successes as author "La musica è finita", "E la chiamano estate", "Una ragione di più".[2]

He was arrested in 1970 and again 1984 for possession of drugs; in both cases, Califano was acquitted with the formula "because the fact does not exist".[4] In 1976 Califano got his first and main success as a singer with the song "Tutto il resto è noia", included in his eponymous fourth album, for which the critics paired him to the traditional French chansonniers.[2] During these years he continued his activity as lyricist signing, among others, the Sanremo Music Festival 1973 winner "Un grande amore e niente più" (performed by Peppino di Capri) and the Mia Martini's classic "Minuetto"; he also composed a whole album for Mina, Amanti di valore.[5] In 1978 he released his best-sold album, Tac.[5][6]

In 1988 he entered the Sanremo Music Festival with the autobiographical song "Io per le strade di quartiere"; he came back to Sanremo two more times, in 1994 with "Napoli" and in 2005 with "Non escludo il ritorno".[5]

He was author of several books, including the autobiographical Senza Manette and Il cuore nel sesso.[1] He also starred in several genre films, and had the leading roles in the poliziottesco Gardenia and in the comedy film Due strani papà.[7] He died of a heart attack[8] in his house in Acilia.[9]

Discography

  • 'N bastardo venuto dar sud (1972)
  • Ma che piagni a ffa' (1973)
  • L'evidenza dell'autunno (1973)
  • Io me 'mbriaco (1975)
  • Secondo me, l'amore... (1975)
  • 24-7-75 dalla Bussola, live at La Bussola in Viareggio (1975)
  • Tutto il resto è noia (1976)
  • Tac...! (1977)
  • Bastardo l'autunno e l'amore (1977, collection)
  • Ti perdo (1979)
  • Tuo Califano (1980)
  • La mia libertà (1981)
  • Ritratto di Franco Califano (1981, collection )
  • Buio e Luna piena (1982)
  • In concerto dal Blue Moon di Ogliastro Marina (1982, live)
  • Io per amarti (1983)
  • Super Califfo (1983, collection )
  • Impronte digitali (1984)
  • Ma cambierà (1985)
  • Il bello della vita (1987)
  • Io (1988)
  • Coppia dove vai (1989)
  • Califano (1990)
  • Se il teatro è pieno (1991)
  • In concerto dal Blue Moon di Ogliastro Marina 2 (1992, live)
  • Ma io vivo (1994)
  • Giovani uomini (1995)
  • Tu nell'intimità (1999)
  • Stasera canto io (2001, live)
  • Vive chi vive (2001, EP )
  • Luci della notte (2003)
  • Non escludo il ritorno (2005, collection)
  • C'e' bisogno d'amore (2009)

Filmography

Further reading

  • Pierfranco Bruni. Franco Califano: Sulla punta della matita non sono passati secoli. Editrice il coscile, 2013. ISBN 8896276292. 
  • Salvatore Coccoluto. Franco Califano. Non escludo il ritorno: Storia canzoni leggenda. Imprimatur editore, 2014. ISBN 8868302152. 

References

  1. ^ a b Paolo Gallori. "È morto Franco Califano, poeta e cantore di donne e borgate". La Repubblica. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Ezio Guaitamacchi. Mille canzoni che ci hanno cambiato la vita. Rizzoli, 2009. ISBN 8817033928. 
  3. ^ Felice Liperi. Storia della canzone italiana. RAI-ERI, 1999. 
  4. ^ Melania Rizzoli, Detenuti, Sperling & Kupfer, 2012. ISBN 8873394515
  5. ^ a b c Enrico Deregibus. Dizionario completo della Canzone Italiana. Giunti Editore, 2010. ISBN 8809756258. 
  6. ^ Dario Salvatori. Storia dell'Hit Parade. Gramese, 1989. ISBN 8876054391. 
  7. ^ Marco Giusti. Dizionario dei film italiani stracult. Sperling & Kupfer, 1999. ISBN 88-200-2919-7. 
  8. ^ Laura Bogliolo (2 April 2013). "Califano tradito dal cuore, il medico: "Non è morto di stenti"". Il Messaggero. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Addio a Franco Califano". Rai News. 1 April 2013. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Franco Califano on IMDb
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