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
Died 30 March 2013(2013-03-30) (aged 74)
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[edit]

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[edit]

  • '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)

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  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. 

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