Michele (singer)

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Michele, 1972.

Gianfranco Michele Maisano, best known as Michele (born 22 June 1944) is an Italian singer and actor.

Background[edit]

Born in Vigevano, as a child Maisano moved to Genoa, where he attended the Nautical Institute. He recorded his first single at age 14. Abandoned the name Michele Maisano, he obtained his first success as Michele in 1963 with the song "Se mi vuoi lasciare", which won the musical contest Cantagiro and ranked first in the Italian hit parade.[1][2]

In the sixties Michele then achieved some further successes including some cover versions to songs by Elvis Presley.[2] After a less successful period, in 1971, he got one another main success with the song "Susan dei Marinai", with an uncredited contribution to the lyrics by Fabrizio De André.[1][2][3] In 1970 Michele entered the competition at the Sanremo Music Festival with the song "L'addio", followed two years later by another participation with the song "Forestiero".[2] During his career Michele was also a music producer and an occasional actor.

Discography[edit]

Selected singles[edit]

Year Title Position[1]
1958 Sono dannato -
1963 Se mi vuoi lasciare 1
1963 Ridi 3
1964 Ti ringrazio perchè 3
1965 Dopo i giorni dell'amore 8
1965 Ti senti sola stasera 15
1966 Quando sei con me 14
1966 E' stato facile dirti addio 9
1967 Dite a Laura che l'amo 17
1968 Che male c'è 20
1970 Ho camminato 17
1971 Susan dei marinai 10
1972 Un uomo senza una stella -
1977 Amico Elvis -

Studio albums[edit]

  • 1963 Michele
  • 1966 Se sei sola
  • 1970 Ritratto di un cantante
  • 1971 Vivendo cantando
  • 1973 Cantautori

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Dario Salvatori. Storia dell'Hit Parade. Gramese, 1989. ISBN 8876054391.
  2. ^ a b c d Eddy Anselmi. Festival di Sanremo: almanacco illustrato della canzone italiana. Panini Comics, 2009. ISBN 8863462291.
  3. ^ Enrico Deregibus. Dizionario completo della Canzone Italiana. Giunti Editore, 2010. ISBN 8809756258.

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