Paolo Conte

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Paolo Conte
Paolo Conte in Berlin
Background information
Born (1937-01-06) January 6, 1937 (age 81)
Asti, Piedmont, Italy
GenresJazz, Chanson

Paolo Conte (born January 6, 1937) is an Italian singer, pianist, composer, and lawyer notable for his grainy, resonant voice. His compositions are evocative of Italian and Mediterranean sounds, as well as of jazz music and South American atmospheres.


Paolo Conte was born in Asti, Piedmont and graduated in law at the University of Parma. He started working as an assistant in his father's study, simultaneously extending his musical studies. He learned to play the trombone then the vibraphone.[1][better source needed] His performing career began as a vibraphone player in local jazz bands. He began songwriting with his brother Giorgio Conte, and eventually began writing songs of his own. He gained attention during the late 1960s as the creative force behind hits from Adriano Celentano and Patty Pravo. He began his solo career in 1974.

Some of his hits were used in movies, such as "Come Di" in I Am David (2003) and Mickey Blue Eyes (1999), "Via con me" in French Kiss (1995), Mostly Martha (2001), Welcome to Collinwood (2002).


On 24 March 1999, Paolo Conte was awarded with the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic,[2] by President Giorgio Napolitano for his "outstanding cultural achievements". On 15 May 2001 France ordered Paolo Conte Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. in 2015 Conte was awarded a Premio Galileo for contemporary music.[3]

Has also received several honorary doctorates, among which that of the University of Macerata (1990).[4]


Handprints at Rotterdam's Walk of Fame

Studio albums[edit]

  • Paolo Conte (1974)
  • Paolo Conte (1975)
  • Un gelato al limon (1979)
  • Paris milonga (1981)
  • Appunti di viaggio (1982)
  • Paolo Conte (1984)
  • Aguaplano (1987, double album - the Japanese and German release was issued as two separate CDs, the second titled Jimmy Ballando in 1989)
  • Parole d'amore scritte a macchina (1990)
  • 900 (1992)
  • Una faccia in prestito (1995)
  • Razmataz (2000)
  • Elegia (2004)
  • Psiche (2008)
  • Nelson (2010)
  • Snob (2014)
  • Amazing Game (2016)

Live albums[edit]

  • Concerti (1985, live)
  • Paolo Conte Live (1988, live)
  • Paolo Conte - Haris Alexiou (1990 ,live)
  • Tournée (1993 live)
  • Tournée 2 (1998 live double CD)
  • Paolo Conte Live Arena di Verona (2005, live double CD)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Come Di (1986, French release, compilation)
  • Collezione (1988)[5]
  • Boogie (1990, compilation 1974 - 1982)
  • Wanda, stai seria con la faccia ma però (1992, compilation)
  • The best of Paolo Conte (1996, compilation)
  • Reveries (2003, compilation)
  • Wonderful (2006, compilation)
  • Gong-oh (2011, compilation)
  • The Platinum Collection (2014, compilation)

See also[edit]

  • 2008: Ohrožený druh (featuring ""Jak se ten chlap na mě dívá" by Conte)


  1. ^ it:Paolo Conte
  2. ^ Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic
  3. ^
  4. ^ Carlo Moretti, "Il Cantautore in cattedra professore di leggerezza", la Repubblica, 10 April 2003, p. 48.
  5. ^ Musicmeter

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