Wess

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Wesley Johnson known by his stage name Wess (August 13, 1945 — September 21, 2009) was an American-born Italian singer and bass guitarist, perhaps mostly known for representing Italy along with Dori Ghezzi in the Eurovision Song Contest 1975 in Stockholm, Sweden, placing third.[1] He formed a successful duo with Ghezzi and achieved some hits in Italy, such as "Voglio stare con te", "Come stai? Con chi sei?" and "Un corpo e un'anima". Wess also was a singer and played bass guitar for the funk-soul band Wess & The Airedales in the 1960s and early 1970s. Originally from North Carolina, Wess moved to Italy in the 1960s in pursuit of a musical career. Wess died in New York during his United States tour when a breathing crisis led to his death.[2] He was the father of UK-based R'n'B singer Romina Johnson, who often accompanied him as a backing singer.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ esctoday.com at the Wayback Machine (archived December 28, 2011)
  2. ^ "Wess and Dori Ghezzi | Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku". EuroVisionary. 1975-03-22. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  3. ^ http://www.rominajohnson.com/about-me/

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Preceded by
Gigliola Cinquetti
Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest
1975
(with Dori Ghezzi)
Succeeded by
Romina Power & Al Bano