Gianni Mascolo

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Gianni Mascolo
Mascolo in 2012
Background information
Born (1940-11-03) November 3, 1940 (age 79)
OriginMilan, Italy

Gianni Mascolo (born 3 November 1940, in Milan) is an Italian singer, best known for his participation on behalf of Switzerland in the 1968 Eurovision Song Contest.

At the age of 10, Mascolo joined the chorus of La Scala in Milan, remaining there for five years until his voice broke. He then studied at the Milan Conservatory, and graduated in pianoforte. He started singing in the Milan area, and was offered a recording contract with local label Ariston in 1964. The following year he participated in the San Remo Festival, duetting with Dusty Springfield on the song "Di fronte all'amore", composed by Umberto Bindi, which failed to progress to the final.

Following participation in several other music festivals, Mascolo was invited to take part in the Swiss Eurovision selection in 1968 with the song "Guardando il sole" ("Looking at the Sun"), which won the competition and went forward to the 13th Eurovision Song Contest, held in London on 6 April.[1] On the night, "Guardando il sole" only picked up two points (both from Yugoslavia), to finish in joint 13th place of 17 entries.[2]

Mascolo released his last single in 1969, before retiring from the music industry as the 1970s dawned. Rumours of Mascolo's death have circulated in Eurovision circles for several years; however it is now known that he runs a restaurant in Sydenham, London, UK with his English wife.


Preceded by
with "Quel cœur vas-tu briser?"
Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Paola Del Medico
with "Bonjour, Bonjour"