Salvatore Adamo

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Salvatore Adamo
Salvatore Adamo.jpg
Born (1943-11-01) 1 November 1943 (age 71)
Comiso, Italy
Nationality Belgian-Italian
Other names Adamo
Occupation Musician, singer-songwriter
Years active 1963–present
Parents Antonio Adamo
Relatives Délizia (sister)

Salvatore, Knight Adamo, simply known as Adamo (born 1 November 1943, Comiso, Sicily, Italy), is a Belgian composer and singer of Italian ancestry. He first gained popularity throughout Europe and later in the Middle East, Latin America, Japan, and the United States. He has sold more than 80 million albums and 20 million singles making him one of the most commercially successful musicians in the world.[1] He mainly performs in French but has also sung in English, German, Italian, Spanish and Turkish. "Tombe la neige" and "La nuit" remain his best known songs.

Beginnings[edit]

His father Antonio, a well digger, emigrated to Belgium in February 1947 to work in the mines of Marcinelle, and in June of the same year, his wife, Concetta, a housewife, and their son Adamo joined him in the town of Ghlin (Mons) before moving to Jemappes (Mons). In 1950, Adamo was bedridden for a year with meningitis. Adamo’s parents did not want their son to become a miner, so Adamo went to a Catholic school run by the Frères des Ecoles Chrétiennes. By 1960, the family of Antonio and Concetta Adamo had seven children overall. Adamo grew up in Jemappes (Mons) where he was a dedicated student at school and distinguished himself in Music and the arts, in general, from an early age, making an impression with his singing abilities.

Career[edit]

Salvatore Adamo, 1964

Adamo's early influences were the poetry of Victor Hugo and Jacques Prévert, the music of French singer-songwriters like Georges Brassens, and the Italian canzonette. He started singing and composing his own songs from an early age. His debut was in a Radio Luxembourg competition, where he participated as singer and composer of the song "Si j'osais" ("If I dared") winning the competition's final held in Paris, in 14 February 1960.

Adamo's first hits was "Sans toi, ma mie", in 1963, from his debut album 63/64. He followed this with a series of hits, the most famous being "Tombe la neige" ("The snow falls") in 1963, "La Nuit" ("The Night") in 1964, "Inch'Allah". The self-penned "Petit bonheur" sold over one million copies by April 1970, and was awarded a gold disc.[2]

Adamo has sold over 100 million copies of recordings worldwide. He has recorded in many languages and, besides France and Belgium, had hits in Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Turkey and also in Japan, where he toured repeatedly. Adamo has had hits and toured also in Latin America and throughout the Middle East. In Chile, the audience awarded him an appreciation prize known as the "Antorcha" (Gold and Silver Torch) at the "Festival de Viña del Mar" held yearly in the "Quinta Vergara", at the seaside resort of Viña del Mar, where he once had to sing in three different, sold-out venues in the same night.[3]

In the 1980s, Adamo's career faltered, as the style of his music was no longer fashionable. Since the 1990s, however, and on the crest of a nostalgia wave, Adamo has successfully resumed composing, issuing records and touring, starting with a full season at the Casino de Paris venue in April 1990.

In popular culture[edit]

Adamo briefly attempted movie acting when he was cast in the film Les Arnaud (1967), which starred Bourvil.

Amália Rodrigues recorded "Inch'Allah" in French. "Tombe la neige" one of his many international hits has been covered in Bulgarian, Turkish ("Her Yerde Kar Var"), Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, and Chinese (Cantopop).

Honours[edit]

Personal life[edit]

In 1984, Adamo had heart problems which necessitated a heart bypass operation and a temporary though total withdrawal from work.

Since 1993, he has been an honorary UNICEF ambassador from Belgium and, in this capacity, has visited countries such as Vietnam, Lebanon, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and others. In 2001, Adamo was named a chevalier by Albert II, King of the Belgians. In 2004, health problems forced Adamo to cancel a scheduled tour but, since 2007, he is touring again. In December 2011, he has performed in Espinho, Portugal and Bucharest, Romania.

At the end of the 1960s, Adamo married Nicole. Their son, Anthony, was born in 1969, while in the 1980s Benjamin and then Amélie were born. At the height of Adamo's stardom, his father died by drowning on 7 August 1966.

His sister Délizia is also an artist. Adamo wrote a number of songs for his sister including her debut hit "Prend le chien" in 1974. She also joined him in his tour in 1975.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • 1963 : Chansons non commerciales (Belgium)
  • 1964 : Tombe la neige
  • 1964 : Vous Permettez Monsieur (Canada)
  • 1964 : Mes 21 ans (Canada)
  • 1965 : La Nuit, vol. 2
  • 1967 : Notre roman (Canada)
  • 1967 : Ton nom (Canada)
  • 1968 : J'ai tant de rêves dans mes bagages
  • 1968 : Chansons pour l'été' (Canada)
  • 1971 : Chansons de mes seize ans (Rerelease Emidisc)
  • 1970 : Petit Bonheur
  • 1972 : Quand tu reviendras
  • 1973 : A ceux qui rêvent encore
  • 1975 : Mademoiselle attendez (Canada) (with 7 unpublished titles in France)
  • 1975 : Jusqu'à l'amour
  • 1976 : Voyage jusqu'à toi
  • 1977 : Et on chantait
  • 1979 : Pauvre Liberté
  • 1981 : " Printemps sous la neige" (Japan, disques "Victor" with 6 unpublished titles in France)
  • 1982 : Puzzle
  • 1986 : Autre chose(Double album Belgium RCA Ariola/Charles TALAR)
  • 1987 : Avec des si
  • 1989 : Sur la route des étoiles
  • 1992 : Rêveur de fond
  • 1995 : La Vie comme elle passe
  • 1998 : Regards
  • 2001 : Par les temps qui courent
  • 2003 : Zanzibar
  • 2007 : La Part de l'ange
  • 2008 : Le Bal des gens bien (Remake of Adamo songs as duos with 18 other singers)
  • 2010 : De toi à moi
  • 2012 : La grande roue
  • 2014 : Adamo chante Bécaud

Albums (other languages)[edit]

In German
  • 1988 : Seine Grossen Erfolge
  • 1999 : Single Hits
  • 2003 : So Bin Ich, Das Beste
  • 2011 : All the Best (allemand)
Spanish
  • 1981 : Aquellas manos en tu cintura
  • 1986 : Buscador de oro
  • 1990 : Las mejores canciones
  • 1998 : Simplemente lo mejor
  • 2003 : Lo mejor de...48 - Grandes éxitos
  • 2004 : En Chile - Live
  • 2004 : 24 Grandes éxitos en castellano
  • 2005 : Mis manos en tu cintura
  • 2006 : Voces del amor
  • 2011 : 30 Grandes de

Compilation albums[edit]

  • 1962 : Adamo, (25cm, Polydor)
  • 1978 : Les chansons d'où je viens (CBS, new arrangements by Roger Loubet and Franck Fiévez - with Orchestre philharmonique de Toulouse)
  • 1993 : 30 ans (20 great songs, new recordings CARRERE/WEA)
  • 1993 : Paroles et musique (1979/1991) (AMC Belgium, unreleased titles)
  • 2002 : Mes plus belles chansons d'amour (Double CD Atoll Sony 1979/1994 with unreleased titles)
  • 2002 : Les Mots de l'âme (compilation - Long Box 3 CDs EMI)
  • 2003 : C'est ma vie: L'Intégrale 1963/1975 (compilation - first 12 albums, EMI)
  • 2003 : Anthologie C'est ma vie (Long Box 3 CDs EMI (withpreviously unreleased titles and foreign versions)
  • 2005 : Platinium Collection (compilation - 3 CD collection, EMI, 2 unreleased tracks)
In Italian
  • 1998: I Successi di Adamo
  • 1998: I Successi di Adamo Volume 2
  • 2005: Studio Collection

Live albums[edit]

  • 1965 : Adamo à l'Olympia
  • 1967 : Olympia 67
  • 1968 : A la place des arts de Montréal (Canada)
  • 1969 : Olympia 69
  • 1969 : Adamo in Japan live
  • 1970 : Adamo in Deutschland: Live-Konzert aus der Philharmonie in Berlin (Double album)
  • 1971 : Olympia 71
  • 1972 : Live in Japan 72
  • 1974 : Live in Japan 74
  • 1977 : Olympia 77 (CBS)
  • 1981 : Live au Théâtre des Champs-Élysées 80(Teldec Germany Import EMI) (Double album)
  • 1982 : Japan concert 81 (disques Victor double album with le Choral Echo and String Orchestra Arrangements Gérard Sabbe)
  • 1984 : Japan Best sélection (studio remix of 20 live tracks Concert 81) (Rereleased 1990 and 1992 in France 16 titles - Pomme Music Sony)
  • 1992 : Live in Japan (EMI Toshiba Japan) (CD and DVD with different tracks at times)
  • 1992 : A l'Olympia - Collection Or (Sony International) (Olympia '77 + 4 titles in studio)
  • 1994 : C'est ma vie. Le meilleur d'Adamo en public (At Théâtre Royal de Mons) (Double CD Flarenasch Carrère, 34 titles)
  • 1994 : Symphonic'Adamo' Live à Liège on 22 Avril 1994) (SA Music)
  • 1994 : C'est Ma Vie - Enregistrement public (Flarenasch Carrère France) ("Les meilleurs moments" 18 titles)
  • 1998 : Best Of - Le meilleur En Public (Wagram France)
  • 2002 : A l'Olympia (Wagram France 1995 / 2002)
  • 2004 : Un soir au Zanzibar (En public au Cirque Royal de Bruxelles) (Double CD and DVD Polydor)
  • 2004 : En Vivo, Estadio Chile 2003 (Double album EMI in Spanish live - EMI Chili)

Singles[edit]

(Selective)

  • 1963: "Tombe la neige"
  • 1963: "Sans toi mamie"
  • 1963: "Amour perdu"
  • 1963: "N'est-ce pas merveileux?"
  • 1964: "Vous permettez, monsieur?"
  • 1964: "La Nuit"
  • 1964: "Quand les roses"
  • 1964: "Si jamais"
  • 1965: "Dolce Paola"
  • 1965: "Les Filles du bord de mer"
  • 1965: "Elle..."
  • 1965: "Mes mains sur tes hanches"
  • 1965: "Viens ma brune"
  • 1965: "J'aime"
  • 1965: "Comme toujours"
  • 1966: "Ton Nom"
  • 1966: "Une meche de cheveux"
  • 1966: "Tenez-vous bien"
  • 1967: "Une larme aux nuages"
  • 1967: "Inch'Allah"
  • 1967: "Ensemble"
  • 1967: "L'amour te ressemble"
  • 1967: "Notre roman"
  • 1967: "Le néon"
  • 1968: "F... comme femme"
  • 1968: "Le ruisseau de mon enfance"
  • 1968: "Et sur la mer..."
  • 1968: "Pauvre Verlaine"
  • 1968: "L'Amour te ressemble"
  • 1968: "Une larme aux nuages"
  • 1968: "La valse d'été"
  • 1968: "J'ai tant de rêves dans mes bagages"
  • 1969: "A demain sur la lune"
  • 1969: "Petit bonheur"
  • 1969: "Les gratte-ciel"
  • 1970: "Va mon bateau"
  • 1970: "Les belles dames"
  • 1970: "Si le ciel est amoureux de toi"
  • 1970: "Petit bonheur"
  • 1970: "Les belles dames" / Die schönen Damen
  • 1970: "Alors.. reviens mois"
  • 1971: "J'avais oublié que les roses sont roses"
  • 1971: "Caresse"
  • 1971: "Et t'oublier"
  • 1971: "A demain sur la lune"
  • 1971: "J'avais oublié que les roses sont roses"
  • 1971: "Sois heureuse rose"
  • 1972: "Femme aux yeux d'amour"
  • 1972: "Quand tu reviendras"
  • 1972: "Mon amour, sors de chez toi"
  • 1973: "Gwendolina"
  • 1973: "Rosalie, c'est la vie"
  • 1973: "Marie la Mer"
  • 1973: "Rosalie, c'est la vie"
  • 1975: "C'est ma vie"
  • 1975: "Prête-moi une chanson"
  • 1976: "Voyage jusqu'à toi"
  • 1976: "J'ai trouvé un été"
  • 1980: "Et on chantait"
  • 1980: "C'est pas legal"
  • 2013: "Des belles personnes"

Singles (other languages)[edit]

In German
  • 1964: "Gestatten Sie, Monsieur?" (Vous permettez, Monsieur?)
  • 1965: "Eine Locke von deinem Haar" (Une mèche de cheveux)
  • 1966: "Das Wunder der Liebe" (Notre Roman)
  • 1968: "Es geht eine Träne auf Reisen" (Une larme aux nuages)
  • 1968: "Der Walzer des Sommers" (La valse d'été)
  • 1969: "Du bist so wie die Liebe" (L'Amour te ressemble)
  • 1970: "Ein kleines Glück" (Petit bonheur)
  • 1970: "Komm in mein Boot" (Va mon bateau)
  • 1971: "Bis morgen - auf dem Mond mit dir (A demain sur la lune)
  • 1971: "Gute Reise, schöne Rose" (Sois heureuse rose)
  • 1971: "Ich muss wieder lernen, die Rosen zu sehen"
  • 1972: "Liebe Tag für Tag"
  • 1972: "Mädchen, wildes Mädchen" (Femme aux yeux d'amour)
  • 1972: "Die alte Dame, der Sänger und die Spatzen"
  • 1975: "Leih' mir eine Melodie" (Prête-moi une chanson)
  • 1976: "Die Reise zu dir" (Voyage jusqu'à toi)
  • 1976: "Der Sommer, den ich fand" (J'ai trouvé un été)
  • 1977: "Der Hund"
  • 1978: "Klopfe beim Glück an die Tür" (Frappe à la porte du bonheur)
  • 1979: "Zweimal Glück und zurück"
  • 1980: "...und dann ein Lied" (Et on chantait)
  • 1980: "Unsere Hochzeit"
  • 1981: "Du bist wieder da"
  • 1985: "Kapitän, wohin fährt unser Boot"
  • 1986: "Verborgenes Gold"
  • 1988: "Es gibt noch Engel"
  • 1988: "Que sera"
  • 1994: "Nach allem, was war"
In Italian
  • 1962: "Perché" / "Cara bambina"
  • 1963: "Sei qui con me" / "Che funerale"
  • 1963: "Perduto amore" / "Gridare il tuo nome"
  • 1964: "Vous permettez Monsieur?" / "Non voglio nascondermi"
  • 1964: "Cade la neve" / "Lascia dire"
  • 1965: "Dolce Paola" / "Pazienza"
  • 1965: "La notte" (La Nuit) / "Non sei tu"
  • 1965: "Non mi tenere il broncio" /"Lei"
  • 1966: "Amo" / "Al nostro amore"
  • 1966: "Una ciocca di capelli" / "Se mai"
  • 1966: "Al nostro amore"
  • 1967: "Inch'Allah (se Dio vuole)" / "Insieme"
  • 1967: "Domani sur la luna"
  • 1968: "Affida una lacrima al vento" / "Fermare il tempo"
  • 1968: "La tua storia è una favola" / "Un anno fa"
  • 1968: "Tu somigli all'amore" / "Domani sulla luna"
  • 1969: "Accanto a te l'estate" / "Piangi poeta"
  • 1970: "Felicità" / "Noi"
  • 1971: "Non aver paura" / "Il nostro amore"
  • 1971: "Donna" / "Ma per te lo farei"
  • 1972: "Bocca ciliegia pelle di pesca" / "Per un anno d'amore"
  • 1973: "Donne dell'estate" / "Mi manchi tu"
  • 1974: "E muore un amore" / "Ed ecco che vivo"
  • 1975: "E la mia vita" / "La pace dei campi"
  • 1976: "Un'estate per te" / "Ballo"
  • 1981: "Cara Italia"
  • 1987: "Mare" / "Lontano"
In Spanish
  • 1964: "La noche" (La Nuit)
  • 1965: "Permíteme Señor" / "Después"
  • 1996: "Mis Manos en tu Cintura" / "Ella..."
  • 1996: "L'amour e Ressemble" / "Nada Que Hacer"
  • 1967: "Le Neón" / "Marcia Anche Tu"
  • 1968: "Vals de Verano" / "Y Sobre el Mar"
  • 1968: "Inch' Allah" / "Nuestra Novela"
  • 1969: "El Arroyo de mi Infancia" / "Un Año Hará"
  • 1974: "Marie La Mer" / "Sólo Una Mujer"
  • 1975: "Los Campos en Paz" / "Es Mi Vida"

DVDs[edit]

  • 2004 : Un soir au Zanzibar (live)

Publications[edit]

  • 1980: Le Charmeur d'Océans (preface by Raymond Devos — éditions Claude de la Lande)
  • 1993: Les Mots de l'Ame (éditions Anne Sigier)
  • 2001: Le Souvenir du Bonheur Est Encore du Bonheur (éditions Albin Michel)
  • 2001: À Ceux Qui Rêvent Encore (éditions Albin Michel)

Bibliography[edit]

Adamo - C'est sa vie, Thierry Coljon, éditions du Félin (France), 2003

References[edit]

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