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ELI Personality Umberto Tozzi singing Ti Amo (Click to watch)

Everybody Loves Italian Personality – Umberto Tozzi

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In 1968, at the age of 16, Umberto Tozzi joined ‘Off Sound’, one of the many groups that performed in small venues around Turin. InMilan, he met Adriano Pappalardo, with whom he formed a 13-piece band and began a large-scale Italian tour.

In 1974 Tozzi had his first success as a songwriter, with the song “Un corpo, un’anima” (“One Body, One Soul”).  In 1976, he released his first album, Donna amante mia (“My loving woman”), from which came the single “Io camminerò” (“I Will Walk”) which at the time had been sung with great success by Fausto Leali. In 1977, one of Tozzi’s most famous songs was released – “Ti amo”. It stayed at number one on the Italian charts for seven months, outselling every other record, and went on to become an international success throughout continental Europe. 1978 saw the release of Tu, another hit in Italy.   The following year Tozzi recorded perhaps his most famous song, “Gloria”. It was a huge success in Italy in 1979 and 1980. The cover version by American singer Laura Branigan first brought Tozzi’s name to attention in the USA in 1982. 

By late 1980 he releases “Stella Stai” another of his main hits. The early years of the 1980s saw the release of the album Tozzi, recorded in concert with a band of American musicians – his first live record.

After a period of absence from the music scene, Tozzi returned in 1987 and won the Sanremo Music Festival with “Si può dare di più” (“More can be given”), sung with Gianni Morandi and Enrico Ruggeri. 1987 was also the year of “Gente Di Mare'”(“People of the sea”), performed with Raf at Eurovision, which saw them take third place. In 1988 Tozzi released his second live album, The Royal Albert Hall.

In the 1990s, Tozzi continued to record, resulting in songs such as “Gli altri siamo noi” (“We are all the same”), the album Equivocando (“Misunderstanding”), Il grido (“The outcry”) and Aria e cielo (“Air and sky”). He also released a greatest hits compilation, Le mie canzoni (“My songs”).

In 2000 and 2005, he performed “Un’altra vita” (“A different life”) and “Le Parole” (“The words”) at the Sanremo Music Festival. Between the two participations, he released a duet with French singer Lena Ka of his classic “Ti amo” as “Ti amo (Rien que des mots)”. Tozzi also released another greatest hits compilation, a 2-disc set entitled The best of, and another single, “E non-volo”. In 2013, his re-edited version of “Gloria”, sung in its original Italian, was placed by Martin Scorsese at a critical plot turn on the soundtrack of the 2014 Academy Awards nominated blockbuster, The Wolf of Wall Street.[4]

In January 2009 he released the single “Cerco ancora te” composed by Emilio Munda and Matteo Gaggioli. In the course of his career, Tozzi has sold more than 70 million records in different languages and international markets. Wikipedia

 

Umberto Tozzi singing Ti Amo


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