Eduardo De Crescenzo

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Eduardo De Crescenzo
Born 8 February 1951 (1951-02-08) (age 64)
Naples
Occupation Singer-songwriter

Eduardo De Crescenzo (born 8 February 1951) is an Italian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, best known for the songs "Ancora" and "E la musica va".

Background[edit]

Born in Naples, De Crescenzo approached music at very young age, as he began playing the accordion at 3 and made his first public exhibition at 5, in Teatro Argentina, Rome.[1][2]

At 16 he founded a beat group, "Eduardino e i Casanova", with which he recorded the first 45rpm in 1967, "Hai detto no!".[1] After studying classical music and law at the university, in the late seventies De Crescenzo signed a contract with Dischi Ricordi, with whom he published his first single as soloist, "La solitudine" (1978).[3] His career was launched by the song "Ancora", a romantic ballad that he presented at the 1981 Sanremo Music Festival, winning the Critics Award;[4] the song obtained an extraordinary success, selling several millions of copies[1] and being covered by artists such as Mina, Anna Oxa, Ornella Vanoni and Thelma Houston (with the title "I'm Losing").[5]

Despite that large success, in the following years De Crescenzo pursued different routes, exploring musical contaminations between Italian classical melodies, soul, rhythm and blues and folk; he took part at four more editions of the Sanremo Festival, in 1985 ("Via con me"), 1987 ("L'odore del mare"), 1989 ("Come mi vuoi") and in 1991 ("E la musica va").[5] The song "E la musica va" was covered by Phil Manzanera with the title "The beat goes on".[6] After the 1993 album Danza, danza De Crescenzo devoted himself mainly to the live concerts and charity projects. In 2012, after a four year hiatus, he returned to live music with the "Essenze Jazz" Tour in which he reinterprets an important part of his repertoire in a jazz style.[7]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • 1981 - Ancora
  • 1982 - Amico che voli
  • 1983 - decrescenzo
  • 1985 - Dove c'è il mare
  • 1987 - Nudi
  • 1989 - C'è il sole
  • 1991 - Cante jondo
  • 1993 - Danza danza
  • 2002 - La vita è un'altra

Live albums[edit]

  • 1995 - Live
  • 2006 - Le mani

Compilation albums[edit]

  • 1996 - All The Best (1981 - 1991)
  • 1998 - 80 minuti insieme (1981 - 1993)
  • 2007 - Le più belle (1978 - 1991)
  • 2011 - I miei successi (1978-1991)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Massimo Cotto. il grande libro del rock (e non solo). Rizzoli. ISBN 8858615786. 
  2. ^ Giuseppe Marrazzo (10 June 1957). "I piccoli attori all' "Argentina" ottengono un clamoroso successo". Il Mattino. 
  3. ^ Giangilberto Monti, Veronica Di Pietro. Dizionario dei cantautori. Garzanti Libri, 2003. ISBN 8811740355. 
  4. ^ Ezio Guaitamacchi. 1000 canzoni che ci hanno cambiato la vita. Rizzoli, 2009. ISBN 8817033928. 
  5. ^ a b Enrico Deregibus. Dizionario completo della Canzone Italiana. Giunti Editore, 2010. ISBN 8809756258. 
  6. ^ Marcello Giannotti. L'enciclopedia di Sanremo. Gremese Editore, 2005. ISBN 8884403790. 
  7. ^ Marco Mangiarotti (26 April 2012). "Notturno napoletano: essenze di Eduardo fra "Ancora" e il jazz". Il Giorno. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 

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