|Birth name||Juan Fernando Silvetti Adorno|
March 27, 1944|
July 5, 2003 (aged 59)|
Coral Gables, Florida
|Occupation(s)||Singer-Songwriter, Music producer|
Juan Fernando Silvetti Adorno (27 March 1944 – 5 July 2003), professionally known as Bebu Silvetti or simply Silvetti, was an Argentine-born Mexican pianist, composer, conductor, arranger, and record producer. In the 1970s he moved to Mexico and got the nationality. Popularly known for the 1977 instrumental disco hit, "Lluvia De Primavera" ("Spring Rain" in English), the album was produced in Mexico and for the 1980 modern instrumental mariachi album. Silvetti was also a successful, Grammy-winning producer for a wide variety of Latin and international music performers. He was the father of the actress Anna Silvetti. Silvetti also worked in the music of successful films and telenovelas in Mexico.
He started his piano education at the age of six. During his teenage years he formed his own jazz quartet and a few other musical groups. At 21, Silvetti left Argentina to go to Spain where he stayed a few years working as a pianist at some of the most popular jazz clubs of the time.
In the early 1970s he moved to Mexico and started arranging and composing. He recorded his first album, which contained his hit offering, "Spring Rain." The LP was released in the USA on Salsoul Records. Other albums followed. Silvetti continued arranging, composing and producing mostly for other artists. After a stint working in Los Angeles, California, he eventually settled in Miami, Florida, where he produced, arranged, and composed for a wide variety of Latin and international artists.
During his career, Silvetti worked with performers such as Plácido Domingo, Luis Miguel, Paul Anka, Engelbert Humperdinck, Vikki Carr, Ana Cristina, Roberto Carlos (singer), Rocío Dúrcal, Rocío Jurado, Jerry Rivera, Tamara, Los Kjarkas, Paul Anka, Daniela Romo, Armando Manzanero, José Luis Perales, Daniel Barenboim, Juan Gabriel, Maggie Carles, Los Nocheros, Marco Antonio Solís, Ricardo Montaner, Paloma San Basilio, Raúl di Blasio, Nazareno Andorno, Vic Damone and Selena.
Silvetti achieved many successes and accolades throughout his long and prolific career. In 2003, Silvetti was the recipient of the Latin Grammy Award for Producer of the Year for his work on "Hasta Que Vuelvas" by Luis Miguel, "Quién Da un Peso Por Mis Sueños" by Armando Manzanero featuring Alex Lora and the albums Rocío Dúrcal ... En Concierto Inolvidable by Rocío Dúrcal and Suma by Ricardo Montaner. In 2002, he received the Billboard Producer of the Year Award. In 2001, he topped Billboard's year-end "Hot Latin Tracks Producer Chart."
Bebu Silvetti died at his home in Coral Gables, Florida, at the age of 59 from respiratory failure caused by complications from lung cancer treatment. At the time of his death, he reportedly had composed more than 600 songs, over 200 TV and radio commercials, and a number of film and TV soundtracks.
Denki Groove's song "Shangri-La", a remix of which was the ending theme of the 2009 anime series Kūchū Buranko, is based around looped samples of "Spring Rain". Silvetti is credited as a co-writer of the song.
- World Without Words (as Silvetti) (1976)
- The Sensuous Sound of Silvetti: Spring Rain (as Silvetti) (1977)
- Concert From The Stars (as Silvetti) (1978)
- I Love You (as Silvetti) (1980)
- Lluvia De Primavera (as Bebu Silvetti) (1994)
- Íntimos (Armando Manzanero and Bebu Silvetti) (1997)
- Boleros Eternos (Carlos Greco and Bebu Silvetti) (2006)
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