Canzonissima

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Canzonissima
Panelli Scala Manfredi.jpg
Paolo Panelli, Delia Scala and Nino Manfredi hosting Canzonissima (1959)
Country of origin  Italy
Original language(s) Italian
Release
Original network Rai 1
Picture format Black-and-white
Original release 1958 – 1974

Canzonissima was an Italian musical variety show broadcast by Rai 1 from 1958 to 1974, aired on Saturday evening except for the last two editions in which it was aired on Sunday afternoon. The program was referred to as "the synthesis and the model of comparison of the Italian television variety".[1]

Dalida in finals sing "Dan dan dan", the song that reflects her recent child loss.

It was born in radio as a song tournament in 1956, with the title Le canzoni della fortuna and gained great public success. The following year it was brought on television titled Voci e volti della fortuna and turned into a competition between amateurs from the various regions of Italy, with the participation of some professional singers, who competed in a separate group. In 1958 the variety took the name Canzonissima that remained until the end, with an exception from 1963 to 1967 when the transmission continued with new formats and new titles; Gran Premio, Napoli contro tutti, La prova del nove, Scala reale e Partitissima.

The show consisted of a musical contest (with singers combined with some state lottery numbers) from the elaborate rules which were generally different from one edition to another; the competition was interspersed with dances and comedy sketches involving special guests.[1]

Edition od 1959 contributed to launch the Nino Manfredi's career, and the 1970, which launched the career of Raffaella Carrà.[1] The 1962 edition, hosted by Dario Fo and Franca Rame, generated large political controversities due to use of censorship to cut some satirical sketches of Fo; the couple Fo-Rame was eventually fired, and the scandal lead to a long interruption of five years.[1][2]

Editions[edit]

# Year Presenters Winners
1 1956 Adriana Serra, Antonella Steni, Raffaele Pisu and Renato Turi "Mamma" (Nunzio Gallo) e "Buon anno, buona fortuna" (Gino Latilla
2 1957 Enzo Tortora, Silvio Noto, Antonella Steni and Renato Turi "Scapricciatiello" (Aurelio Fierro)
3 1958 Renato Tagliani with Walter Chiari, Raimondo Vianello, Lauretta Masiero, Scilla Gabel and Corrado Pani "L'edera" (Nilla Pizzi)
4 1959 Delia Scala, Paolo Panelli and Nino Manfredi "Piove" (Joe Sentieri)
5 1960 Alberto Lionello, Lauretta Masiero, Aroldo Tieri and Lilli Lembo "Romantica" (Tony Dallara)
6 1961 Sandra Mondaini, Enzo Garinei, Toni Ucci, Carletto Sposito and Annamaria Gambineri, with Paolo Poli, Alberto Bonucci and Tino Buazzelli "Bambina bambina" (Tony Dallara)
7 1962 Dario Fo and Franca Rame, then Tino Buazzelli, Sandra Mondaini and Corrado "Quando, quando, quando" (Tony Renis)
8 1963 Various (one for each region of Italy) *(in this edition the Italian regions compete - Sicily wins)
9 1964 Nino Taranto and Nadia Gray "'O sole mio" (Claudio Villa)
10 1965 Corrado with Walter Chiari and Kessler Twins "Non son degno di te" (Gianni Morandi)
11 1966 Peppino De Filippo "Granada" (Claudio Villa)
12 1967 Alberto Lupo, Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia "Dan dan dan" (Dalida)
13 1968 Mina, Walter Chiari and Paolo Panelli "Scende la pioggia" (Gianni Morandi)
14 1969 Johnny Dorelli, Raimondo Vianello and Kessler Twins, with Sandra Mondaini and Paolo Villaggio "Ma chi se ne importa" (Gianni Morandi)
15 1970 Corrado and Raffaella Carrà "Vent'anni" (Massimo Ranieri)
16 1971 Corrado and Raffaella Carrà, with Alighiero Noschese "Chitarra suona più piano" (Nicola Di Bari)
17 1972 Pippo Baudo and Loretta Goggi "Erba di casa mia" (Massimo Ranieri)
18 1973 Pippo Baudo and Mita Medici "Alle porte del sole" (Gigliola Cinquetti)
19 1974 Raffaella Carrà, Cochi e Renato and Mike Bongiorno "Un corpo e un'anima" (Wess & Dori Ghezzi)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Aldo Grasso – Massimo Scaglioni, Enciclopedia della Televisione, Garzanti, Milano, 1996 – 2003.
  2. ^ Chiara Valentini. La storia di Dario Fo. Feltrinelli Editore, 1997.