Jimmy Fontana

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Jimmy Fontana
Jimmy Fontana 65.jpg
Fontana in 1965
Born Enrico Sbriccoli
(1934-11-13)13 November 1934
Camerino, Italy
Died 11 September 2013(2013-09-11) (aged 78)
Rome, Italy
Occupation Actor, music composer, singer-songwriter
Known for "Che sarà" (music)

Jimmy Fontana (13 November 1934 – 11 September 2013) was an Italian actor, composer and singer-songwriter.[1][2] One of his most famous songs is "Che sarà", performed also by José Feliciano and Ricchi e Poveri.[3]

Born Enrico Sbriccoli in Camerino, Italy, he took the name "Jimmy" from musician Jimmy Giuffre and "Fontana" from an arbitrary name out of the phone book, early in his career.[1] His hits include "Non te ne andare" (1963) and "Il mondo", which ranked first on the Italian hit parade in 1965.[4] "La mia serenata" won the Disco per l'estate Festival in 1967.[3] At the 1968 Cantagiro summer festival, he sang a cover version of the Tom Jones hit "Delilah", titled "La nostra favola";[3] the song peaked at second place on the Italian hit parade.[4]

Discography[edit]

  • Arrivederci (1996)
  • Il Mondo (1997)
  • I Grandi Successi Originali (2001)

Filmography[edit]

Actor[edit]

  • Il Sole è di tutti (1968)
  • Quando dico che ti amo (1968)
  • Viale della canzone (1965)
  • Canzoni in... bikini (1963)
  • La Voglia matta (1962)
  • Io bacio... tu baci (1961)

Composer[edit]

  • I Fantastici tre supermen (1967)
  • Le Belle famiglie (1964, "Caro amore mio")
  • Io bacio... tu baci (1961, "Diavolo")

Singer[edit]

  • Io bacio... tu baci (1961, "Diavolo", "Il tempo si è fermato", "Mare di dicembre" and "Cha cha cha dell'impiccato")

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Addio a Jimmy Fontana, voce degli anni '60 - Musica - Spettacoli". La Repubblica. Retrieved 2013-09-12. 
  2. ^ "RCA's Three Firsts Head Remo Fest". Billboard (magazine). 13 March 1971. p. 3. Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c Eddy Anselmi. Festival di Sanremo: almanacco illustrato della canzone italiana. Panini Comics, 2009. ISBN 8863462291. 
  4. ^ a b Dario Salvatori. Storia dell'Hit Parade. Gramese, 1989. ISBN 8876054391. 

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