Malgioglio (left) with Iva Zanicchi in 1974
23 April 1945
|Occupation||composer, singer-songwriter and television personality|
|Height||1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)|
Cristiano Malgioglio (pronounced [kriˈstjaːno malˈdʒɔʎʎo]; born 23 April 1945) is an Italian composer, singer-songwriter and television personality.
Born in Ramacca, Catania, Malgioglio obtained his first contract with a record label, Durium, thanks to the efforts of Fabrizio De André. In 1974 he composed Iva Zanicchi's song "Ciao cara come stai?" ("Hi Dear, How Are You?"), which won the Sanremo Music Festival. In 1975 he had his most significant success as songwriter with Mina's "L'importante è finire" ("What Matters Is to End/Come"). In the same period he became a collaborator of Roberto Carlos, dealing with the Italian lyrics of his songs. He composed songs for, among others, Adriano Celentano, Rita Pavone, Amanda Lear, Raffaella Carrà, Mónica Naranjo, Dori Ghezzi, Milva, Patty Pravo, Ornella Vanoni, Giuni Russo, Marcella Bella, Sylvie Vartan, Umberto Balsamo, Fred Bongusto, Pupo, Rosanna Fratello, Loretta Goggi, Franco Califano. Parallel to his activity as a composer, Malgioglio started a singing career, characterized by ironical songs, often rich in sexual innuendos; his main success as a singer-songwriter is the song "Sbucciami" ("Peel Me").
After a period spent in Latin America, Malgioglio returned to popularity in his country in the 2000s as a television personality. In 2017 and 2020 he competed in the reality television Grande Fratello VIP, the Italian adaptation of Celebrity Big Brother.
- Official website
- Cristiano Malgioglio at AllMusic
- Cristiano Malgioglio discography at Discogs
- Cristiano Malgioglio at IMDb
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