Lucio Battisti died 25 years ago September 9th at the age of 55 and is considered one of the most influential Italian pop artists of all time, recognized by artists worldwide. David Bowie once listed Lou Reed and Lucio Battisti as his two favorite singers. In 1974, he composed the English lyrics to a cover of Battisti’s “”Io vorrei… non vorrei… ma se vuoi” for friend Mick Ronson.
Battisti’s songs have been covered by international artists around the world, in English, Spanish, French, Croatian, Finnish, Greek, and Swedish.
Battisti recorded a number of albums in Spanish and in 1977, he relocated to Los Angeles and released an English album of some of his biggest hits.
Even years after the release of his greatest successes, covers are continually recorded, even internationally.
LA City Council Member Joe Buscaino declared September 30th Zucchero day in Los Angeles: “I am excited to proclaim September 30 Zucchero Day in Los Angeles, in recognition of Zucchero’s incredible contributions to Italian culture! Zucchero is hailed as ‘the father of the Italian blues’, having introduced the sweet sounds of blues music to Italy.”
Special 15% off ticket offer for the LA event:
Saban Theatre 8440 Wilshire Boulevard Beverly Hills, CA 90211 323-655-0111 FRI SEP 30, 2022 – 8:00 PM Ages: Guests Under 18 Require Accompanying Adult
Some big names of pop performed at the final night of the annual pizzica festival in Salento, Puglia, last month including Elodie, Marco Mengoni, Stromae, Dardust, and Samuele Bersani. The annual event, since 1998, attracted 200k on its final night according to festival organizers.
A reminder that Zucchero’s world tour hits North America on September 9th in Atlantic City, NJ and goes across the US and Canada through October 2nd. For those in the Chicago and Detroit areas, visit our Facebook page and leave a comment in the last Zucchero post for a chance to win tickets to the shows in those cities.
Sep 9 – Atlantic City, NJ Sep 10 – New York City Sep 11 – Foxwoods Casino, CT Sep 13 – Washington, DC (sold out) Sep 14 – Washington, DC Sep 16 – Boston Sep 17 – Montreal Sep 18 – Niagara Falls, ON Sep 20 – Detroit Sep 21 – Chicago Sep 24 – Seattle Sep 25 – Vancouver Sep 27 – Portland Sep 29 – San Francisco Sep 30 – Los Angeles Oct 1 – San Diego Oct 2 – Tucson
Bocelli was discovered by Zucchero during an audition for the featured part in “Miserere,” recorded by Luciano Pavarotti.
Rescheduled 2020 tour dates from Zucchero and Eros arrive in the US and Canada in the second half of the year, along with Niagara Falls appearances from classic pop stars like Riccardo Fogli and Mal, and Hitweek is back with 2020 Sanremo winner Diodato in Miami and LA and Cosmo joining him in Miami.
Zucchero’s latest album, Discover, is a cover album containing international favorites like Coldplay’s “The Scientist” and Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” as well as Italian hits from Elisa, Fabio Concato, and Fabrizio De André. His 16-city tour begins on September 9th.
Ramazzotti’s album, Battito Infinito, will be released on September 16 and his US and Canada dates begin October 30th. The first new single was released last month and is titled “Ama.”
We’d recently updated radio program entries for the hour-long Philly-area shows titled “Viaggio Musicale.” Both shows feature pop music and provide news of interest to the Southeastern Pennsylvania, South New Jersey and Delaware Italian communities. On Sunday afternoons 2 to 3pm, Melissa Cannavo-Marino and Nick Alessandrini host the show on Philadelphia’s 860 AM – WWDB; on Sunday evenings, from 6 to 7pm, Cannavo-Marino produces the program broadcast out of Vineland, NJ’s 92.1, WVLT.
The unofficial start of summer begins next week and Italian-American festivals from Portland, ME to Honolulu are back. Some upcoming events:
Founded in 2003 with the goal of welcoming and assisting the Italian community in Pittsburgh, Mondo Italiano has become “the” point of reference for anyone passionate about Italy and the Italian culture. Mondo Italiano organizes a variety of different programs such as Italian language classes, art exhibits, concerts, inter-cultural exchanges, cooking demonstrations, trips to Italy, travel presentations and as well as a library full of material in Italian (magazines, books, DVDs, CDs).
Here’s a release from a few months back that may gone underappreciated.
Finishing at the back of the pack each night the song was performed at this year’s Festival di Sanremo was Francesco Renga’s “Quando Trovo Te”. The song seemed not well suited for the live Festival setting and found the 2005 Sanremo winner struggling a bit. Translated to “When I find you,” the track was written by Renga and popular songwriters Roberto Casolino (Giusy Ferreri, Marco Mengoni, Annalisa) and Dario Faini, who is also known as Dardust and had a hand in 5 of the entries in this year’s Festival. The song’s sound is reminiscent of Casolino hits, with a sweet pop melody and memorable chorus. There seems to be some uptick in airplay of the single in the months that followed the Festival and a YouTuber posted a remix, perfect for these summer months.