Corrado Lojacono in 1955
|Born||22 January 1924
Palermo, Verona, Italy
|Died||23 October 2012 (aged 88)
Corrado Lojacono ( 22 January 1924 – 23 October 2012) was an Italian singer, actor, record producer and songwriter.
Life and career
Born in Palermo, Lojacono moved to Milan with his family in 1931. He started performing in 1945, specializing in a jazz and swing repertoire. In the early 1950s he debuted as an actor appearing in two revues alongside Renato Rascel, Attanasio cavallo vanesio and Alvaro piuttosto corsaro.
In 1957, Lojacono reprised his musical studies and gratuated from the Accademia Internazionale Musicale in Rome. In 1961 he got his main hit, "Giuggola", which peaked at the first place on the Italian hit parade. In 1962 he was entered into the competition at the 12th edition of the Sanremo Music Festival with the song "L'anello".
Also active as a songwriter, sometimes credited as Camicasca, Lojacono composed about forty songs, notably "Carina", which was covered by several artists including Cliff Richard, Sophia Loren, Dean Martin and Caterina Valente. In the late 1960s he founded a record label and eventually retired from singing in the 1970s.
- Enzo Giannelli. "Lojacono, Corrado" in Gino Castaldo (edited by). Dizionario della canzone italiana. Curcio, 1990.
- Eddy Anselmi. Festival di Sanremo: almanacco illustrato della canzone italiana. Panini Comics, 2009. ISBN 8863462291.
- Dario Salvatori. Storia dell'Hit Parade. Gramese, 1989. ISBN 8876054391.
- Mario Luzzatto Fegiz (9 December 2012). "La morte segreta di Corrado Lojacono". Corriere della Sera.