Gianni Bella

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Gianni Bella in Canzonissima (1974)

Giovanni Bella, best known as Gianni Bella (born 14 March 1947) is an Italian composer and singer-songwriter.

Background[edit]

Born in Catania, Bella started his career as composer for the sister Marcella Bella signing several hits in tandem with lyricist Giancarlo Bigazzi.[1][2] In the seventies he debuted as a singer, obtaining his first success in 1974 with the song "Più ci penso", which ranked second in the Italian hit parade.[3] In 1976 he topped the hit parade[3] and won the Festivalbar contest with the song "Non si può morire dentro", originally planned to be sung by her sister.[4] In 1981 he entered the competition at the Sanremo Music Festival with the song "Questo amore non si tocca"; he returned in Sanremo five more times between 1986 and 2007, three times in couple with her sister Marcella.[2] In 1983 Bella stopped the collaboration with Bigazzi and started a new phase alongside Mogol; between late 90s and 2000s the couple signed some extraordinary sales successes for Adriano Celentano.[2] In January 2010 he suffered a stroke and subsequently he lost his speech and the use of a leg.[5]

Discography[edit]

Selected singles[edit]

Year Title IT[3]
1974 Più ci penso 2
1976 Non si può morire dentro 1
1977 Io canto e tu 7
1978 No 7
1978 Toc toc 16
1980 Dolce uragano 7
1981 Questo amore non si tocca 14
1985 L'ultima poesia 6
1990 Verso l'ignoto 7
1991 La fila degli oleandri 38
2007 Forever per sempre 14

Studio albums[edit]

  • 1974 - Guarda che ti amo (Derby)
  • 1976 - Sogni di un robot (Derby)
  • 1977 - Io canto e tu (Derby)
  • 1978 - Toc toc (CGD)
  • 1980 - Dolce uragano (CGD)
  • 1981 - Questo amore... (CGD)
  • 1983 - G.b.1 - Nuova gente (Avventura)
  • 1984 - G.b.2 (Avventura)
  • 1986 - Una luce (RCA Italiana)
  • 1988 - Due cuori rossi di vergogna (Polydor)
  • 1991 - La fila degli oleandri (Fonit Cetra)
  • 1994 - Vocalist (Fonit Cetra)[note 1]
  • 1998 - Finalmente insieme (with Marcella Bella) (Pull/Fuego)
  • 2001 - Il profumo del mare (SDC/Sony Music)
  • 2007 - Forever per sempre (with Marcella Bella) (Nuova Gente/Universal Music)

Live albums[edit]

  • 1992 - Gianni Bella live (Fonit Cetra)
  • 1996 - Grandi successi - live (Duck Record)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The album was republished in 1995 with the title Belladonna by Pull Music/CGD East West.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Felice Liperi. Storia della canzone italiana. RAI-ERI, 1999. ISBN 8839715053. 
  2. ^ a b c Eddy Anselmi. Festival di Sanremo: almanacco illustrato della canzone italiana. Panini Comics, 2009. ISBN 8863462291. 
  3. ^ a b c Dario Salvatori. Storia dell'Hit Parade. Gramese, 1989. ISBN 8876054391. 
  4. ^ Massimo Emanuelli. 50 anni: storia della televisione attraverso la stampa settimanale. GRECO & GRECO Editori, 2004. ISBN 8879803468. 
  5. ^ Sergio Buonadonna (3 June 2012). "Marcella Bella Le mie montagne verdi? Sono quelle di Ficarazzi". La Repubblica. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 

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