Bobby Solo in 1970
|Birth name||Roberto Satti|
18 March 1945 |
|Genres||Traditional popular music|
In 1964, Solo participated in the Sanremo Music Festival with the song "Una lacrima sul viso" ("A Tear on your Face", written by "Lunero"), but he was disqualified for singing with playback which was contrary to the festival regulations. The song, however, became a global hit. It was the first record to sell over one million copies in Italy, and global sales exceeded three million. It was awarded a gold disc. In the following year Solo won in the festival with the song "Se piangi, se ridi". He participated with the same song in the Eurovision Song Contest and finished in fifth place.
Again in 1969 Solo participated in the Sanremo Festival, with the song "Zingara", together with Iva Zanicchi. His last participation in the festival was in 2003 (together with Little Tony), singing "Non si cresce mai".
Solo sang and played singing performers in several Italian, French and American films, including
- Tears on Your Face (1964)
- Viale della canzone (1965)
- Zingara (1969)
- "FF.SS." – Cioè: "...che mi hai portato a fare sopra a Posillipo se non mi vuoi più bene?" (1983)
- Barcelona (1994)
- 5x2 (2004)
- I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007)
Solo was born in Rome to an Istrian mother and Friulan father. In December 1967 he married Sophie Teckel, a French ballet dancer. They had three children, son Alain (b. 1968) and daughters Chantal (b. 1971) and Muriel (b. 1975). The couple divorced in 1991, after which Solo married Tracy Quade, a Korean-American hostess, and moved to the United States. Solo had a fourth child between the marriages.
- Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. pp. 182–183. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
- Bobby Solo. IMDb
- Brogi Paolo (12 January 1999) Mio padre Bobby Solo? Da lui ho ricevuto solo tante canzonette. corriere.it
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