Formula 3 (band)

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Formula 3 in 1972

Formula 3 (also spelled as Formula Tre) is an Italian pop-rock musical group, mainly successful in the early seventies.


The group formed in 1969; produced by Lucio Battisti, they were the group that accompanied Battisti in his rare live concerts.[1] Their first hit was the song "Questo folle sentimento", which ranked fifth at the Italian hit parade in 1970, and which was followed by a series of top 20 hits, notably "Io ritorno solo" (third at the Italian hit parade) and "Eppur mi son scordato di te" (second at the Italian hit parade), all composed by the same Battisti.[1][2] In 1971 they entered the Sanremo Music Festival in couple with Little Tony with the song "La folle corsa".[1] The group disbanded in 1974 to allow the band members to pursue their solo careers, then they reunited in 1990.[1] They entered the Sanremo Music Festival two more times in 1992 and 1994 with the songs "Un frammento rosa" and "La casa dell'imperatore".[1] In 1992 Gabriele Lorenzi left the band and was replaced by Andrea Pistilli, then Maurizio Metals and, since 2013, Ciro Di Bitonto.

Band members[edit]

Actual members[edit]

  • Alberto Radius: guitar and vocals (1969–1974, 1990–present)
  • Tony Cicco: drums and vocals (1969–1974, 1990–present)
  • Ciro Di Bitonto: keyboards (2013–present)

Former members[edit]

  • Gabriele Lorenzi: keyboards and vocals (1969–1974, 1990–1992)
  • Andrea Pistilli: keyboards (1992–1994)
  • Maurizio Metals: keyboards (1994–2012)


  1. ^ a b c d e Eddy Anselmi. Festival di Sanremo: almanacco illustrato della canzone italiana. Panini Comics, 2009. ISBN 8863462291.
  2. ^ Dario Salvatori. Storia dell'Hit Parade. Gramese, 1989. ISBN 8876054391.

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