Iva Zanicchi

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Iva Zanicchi
Zanicchi in 1972
Zanicchi in 1972
Background information
Birth nameIva Zanicchi
Also known as
  • The Eagle from Ligonchio
  • Dionne Warwick Italian style
Born (1940-01-18) 18 January 1940 (age 84)
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • actress
  • television host
  • former politician
Years active1963–present
Labels
Websiteivazanicchi.net
Iva Zanicchi
Member of European Parliament for Italy
In office
2008–2014
Personal details
Born
Iva Zanicchi

(1940-01-18) 18 January 1940 (age 84)
Ligonchio, Emilia-Romagna, Kingdom of Italy
Political partyForza Italia
(1999–2009)
The People of Freedom
(2009–2013)
Forza Italia
(2013–2014)
Other political
affiliations
European People's Party
(2004–2014)
Occupation
  • Singer
  • game show host

Iva Zanicchi (Italian pronunciation: [ˈiːva ddzaˈnikki]; born 18 January 1940) is an Italian pop singer and politician. She has a mezzo-soprano voice and is nick-named by the press as "Eagle of Ligonchio".

Biography[edit]

Iva Zanicchi was born in Ligonchio, in the province of Reggio Emilia to Zefiro (1909–2004) and Elsa Raffaelli (1914–2010). Her career began in 1962 at the Castrocaro Music Festival, where she earned third place.[1] She won the Sanremo song festival in 1967 with Non pensare a me, in 1969 with "Zingara" and again in 1974 with "Ciao cara, come stai?". Zanicchi remains the only woman singer to have won that festival's prize three times. In 1969, she represented Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest in Madrid with "Due grosse lacrime bianche", finishing 13th. She represented Italy in the V Festival Internacional da Canção [es; pt] in Rio with Tu non-sei più innamorato di me in 1970. A concert at the Paris Olympia and a tour (United States, Canada, South America and the Soviet Union) followed. Zanicchi later also toured Australia and Japan. Has worked with Mikis Theodorakis, Charles Aznavour and Luigi Tenco, and has made numerous recordings. Has performed at Madison Square Gardens, New York (1974) and the Teatro Regio (Parma). In total, Zanicchi released 14 albums during the 1970s, including a Christmas-themed, Neapolitan and Spanish language recordings.

From 1987 to 2000 Zanicchi hosted the television game show OK, il Prezzo è Giusto!, the Italian version of The Price Is Right as the only female host in the history of the game show worldwide (since then, other countries have had versions of the show hosted by a woman).

In 2004 she was one of Forza Italia's candidates at the European Parliament elections, polling nearly 35,000 but not enough to be elected. However, as the highest-polling among the candidates failing to be elected, Zanicchi took up her seat in Strasburg in May 2008, representing Forza Italia, when EuroMP Mario Mantovani left to become a PdL senator. She was confirmed in her post at the European elections of June 2009.

Curiosity[edit]

In 2009, a band called I VazzaNikki was started, the name being a clear reference and tribute to Iva Zanicchi. The idea of the group came during a conversation between the Italian comedians Valerio Lundini, who is one of the singers and the keyboard player of the band, and Greg, who suggested the name. The objective was to play rock'n'roll and rockabilly music, inspired by the American 1950s. The band characterizes for ironic and nonsense songs, and even performed in the TV broadcast Una pezza di Lundini, hosted by Lundini on Rai Uno.[2][3][4]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 1965: Iva Zanicchi
  • 1967: Fra noi
  • 1968: Unchained Melody
  • 1970: Iva senza tempo
  • 1970: Caro Theodorakis... Iva
  • 1971: Caro Aznavour... Iva
  • 1971: Caro Tenco... Iva
  • 1971: Shalom
  • 1972: Fantasia
  • 1972: Dall'amore in poi
  • 1973: Le giornate dell'amore
  • 1974: Io ti propongo
  • 1974; ¿Chao Iva cómo estás? (Spanish)
  • 1975: Io sarò la tua idea
  • 1976: Confessioni
  • 1976: The Golden Orpheus '76 (live in Bulgaria)
  • 1976: Cara Napoli
  • 1978: Con la voglia di te
  • 1978: Playboy
  • 1980: D'Iva
  • 1980: D'Iva (Spanish Version)
  • 1981: Iva Zanicchi
  • 1981: Nostalgias (Spanish)
  • 1982: Yo, por amarte (Spanish)
  • 1984: Quando arriverà
  • 1984: Iva 85
  • 1987: Care colleghe
  • 1988: Nefertari
  • 1991: Come mi vorrei
  • 2003: Fossi un tango
  • 2009: Colori d'amore
  • 2013: In cerca di te
  • 2022: Gargana

Singles (Italy)[edit]

  • 1963: Zero in amore / Come un tramonto
  • 1963: Tu dirai/Sei ore
  • 1964: Come ti vorrei/La nostra spiaggia
  • 1964: Credi/Resta sola come sei
  • 1964: Come ti vorrei / Chi potrà amarti
  • 1965: I tuoi anni più belli / Un altro giorno verrà
  • 1965: Accarezzami amore / Mi cercherai
  • 1965: Caro mio / Non tornar mai
  • 1966: La notte dell'addio / Caldo è l'amore
  • 1966: Fra noi / Gold Snake
  • 1966: Ma pecché / Tu saje a verità
  • 1966: Monete d’oro / Ci amiamo troppo
  • 1967: Non pensare a me / Vita
  • 1967: Quel momento / Dove è lui
  • 1967: Le montagne (ci amiamo troppo) / Vivere non-vivere
  • 1967: Dolcemente / Come stai bene e tu?
  • 1968: Per vivere / Non accetterò
  • 1968: Amore amor / Sleeping
  • 1968: La felicità / Anche così
  • 1968: La felicità / Ci vuole così poco
  • 1968: Senza catene / Diverso dagli altri
  • 1969: Zingara / Io sogno
  • 1969: Due grosse lacrime bianche / Tienimi con te
  • 1969: Un bacio sulla fronte / Accanto a te
  • 1969: Che vuoi che sia / Perché mai
  • 1969: Vivrò / Estasi d'amore
  • 1970: L'arca di Noé / Aria di settembre
  • 1970: Un uomo senza tempo / Un attimo
  • 1970: Un fiume amaro / Il sogno é fumo
  • 1970: Un fiume amaro / Tienimi con te
  • 1970: Una storia di mezzanotte / Il bimbo e la gazzella
  • 1971: La riva bianca e la riva nera / Tu non-sei più innamorato di me
  • 1971: Coraggio e paura / Sciogli i cavalli al vento
  • 1972: Ma che amore / Il mio bambino
  • 1972: Nonostante lei / Non scordarti di me
  • 1972: Alla mia gente / Dall'amore in poi
  • 1972: La mia sera / Il sole splende ancora
  • 1972: Mi ha stregato il viso tuo / A te
  • 1973: I mulini della mente / Basterà
  • 1973: Le giornate dell'amore / Chi mi manca é lui
  • 1973: Fred Bongusto:White Christmas/ Natale dura un giorno
  • 1974: L'indifferenza / Sarà domani
  • 1974: Ciao cara come stai? / Vendetta
  • 1974: Testarda io / Sei tornato a casa tua
  • 1975: Testarda io / E la notte é qui
  • 1975: Io sarò la tua idea / Jesus
  • 1976: Mamma tutto / Dormi,amore dormi
  • 1976: I discorsi tuoi / Confessioni
  • 1977: Arrivederci padre / Che uomo sei
  • 1977: Munasterio 'e Santa Chiara / 'O destino
  • 1977: Mal d'amore / Selvaggio
  • 1978: Con la voglia di te / Sei contento
  • 1979: Per te / Pronto 113
  • 1979: La valigia / Ditemi
  • 1979: A parte il fatto / Capirai
  • 1981: Ardente / E tu mai
  • 1983: Aria di luna / Amico
  • 1984: Chi (mi darà) / Comandante
  • 1984: Quando arriverà / Sera di vento
  • 1985: Da domani senza te / Aria di luna
  • 1987: Volo / Uomini e no
  • 2001: Ho bisogno di te
  • 2009: Ti voglio senza amore
  • 2020: Sangue Nero
  • 2021: Amore mio malgrado
  • 2021: Lacrime e buio
  • 2022: Voglio amarti

Sanremo Music Festival[edit]

  • 1965: I tuoi anni più belli (Mogol-Gaspari-Polito), coupled with Gene Pitney
  • 1966: La notte dell'addio (Diverio-Testa), coupled with Vic Dana
  • 1967: Non pensare a me, coupled with Claudio Villa
  • 1968: Per vivere (Nisa-Bindi), coupled with Udo Jürgens
  • 1969: Zingara (Albertelli-Riccardi), coupled with Bobby Solo
  • 1970: L'arca di Noè (Endrigo), coupled with Sergio Endrigo
  • 1974: Ciao cara come stai? (Dinaro-Daiano-Janne-Malgioglio)
  • 1984: Chi (mi darà) (Balsamo-Malgioglio-Balsamo)
  • 2003: Fossi un tango (Lana-Donati)
  • 2009: Ti voglio senza amore
  • 2022: Voglio amarti

Bibliography[edit]

  • 2001: Polenta di castagne
  • 2005: I prati di Sara

Filmography[edit]

Films
Year Title Role Notes
1961 Le italiane e l'amore Singer Cameo appearance
1967 Una ragazza tutta d'oro Iva Zanelli Leading role
1967 28 minuti per 3 milioni di dollari Club singer Cameo appearance
1991 L'Odissea Giunone Leading role
1998 Kaputt Mundi Gina Carucci Supporting role
2019 W gli sposi Maria Leading role
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2005–2010 Caterina e le sue figlie Liliana Italian TV Series; 13 episodes
2018 L'ispettore Coliandro Ersilia Caran Italian TV Series; episode: "Vai col liscio"

Game show host[edit]

She hosted the Italian version of The Price Is Right, called "OK, il prezzo è giusto". She took over for Gigi Sabani in the 1986–87 season and was succeeded by Maria Teresa Ruta in 2000. When she took a brief absence from the show in 1999, Emanuela Folliero hosted in her place.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Iva Zanicchi Bio Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine. musicaitaliana.com site. Retrieved 2 August 2007.
  2. ^ "Iva Zanicchi mette alle strette Valerio Lundini: "Devi pagarmi!", gelo siderale nello studio di Serena Bortone!language=Italian".
  3. ^ "Valerio Lundini e I VazzaNikki ci mettono una pezza" (in Italian).
  4. ^ "Chi sono i Vazzanikki, band rock'n'roll: carriera, tv, "Una pezza di Lundini"" (in Italian).

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