Per Lucia

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Italy "Per Lucia"
Riccardofogli Per Lucia.jpg
Eurovision Song Contest 1983 entry
Country
Artist(s)
Language
Composer(s)
Lyricist(s)
Conductor
Finals performance
Final result
11th
Final points
41
Appearance chronology
◄ "Non so che darei" (1980)   
"I treni di Tozeur" (1984) ►

"Per Lucia" (English translation: "For Lucia") was the Italian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1983, performed in Italian by Riccardo Fogli.

The song is a ballad, with Fogli singing about the lengths he wants to go to in order to impress Lucia, his lover. He claims at one point, for example, that he wants to make a feast for the entire country.

The song was performed fifth on the night (following Sweden's Carola Häggkvist with Främling and preceding Turkey's Çetin Alp & The Short Waves with Opera). At the close of voting, it had received 41 points, placing 11th in a field of 20.

It was succeeded as Italian representative at the 1984 Contest by Alice & Battiato with "I treni di Tozeur".

Fogli has recorded also an English-language version of the song, titled "For Lucia", which was released as a promo single.[1]

Per Lucia (Greatest Hits album)[edit]

Riccardo Fogli had already achieved overwhelming popularity in Italy and Spanish-language countries, and his victory at Festival di Sanremo in 1982 made it spread worldwide.

After Italian broadcaster RAI had chosen the artist internally as the representative in Eurovision, decided to release a greatest hits album including Italy's entry for the contest, also "Storie de Tutti i Giorni" (Sanremo's winning song) and his hits from the last four studio albums at the time: Che Ne Sai (1979), Alla Fine de Un Lavoro (1980), Campione (1981) and Compagnia (1982).[2]

The compilation was released in Scandinavia region and Greece and reached number 20 on the Finnish Album Charts in June 1983.[3]

Covers[edit]

Swedish dansband Wizex covered the song on the 1983 album Julie as "Här är sången" with lyrics in Swedish by Monica Forsberg.[4]

There are two Finnish-language cover versions of the song. "Kirje sulle", written by Raul Reiman and recorded by Katri Helena and "Vielä kerran kaikki muuttuu", written by Turkka Mali and recorded by Jonna Tervomaa.[5]

A Croatian cover version of Per Lucia was sung by Slovenian singer Oto Pestner, "Tebi Lucija", and released after the contest for the compilation album "Evrovizijske melodije 2", due to the popularity of Eurovision in Yugoslavia.[6]

Charts[edit]

Charts (1983) Peak
position
Finland (The Official Finnish Charts)[7] 17
Germany (Official German Charts)[8] 63
Italy (FIMI)[9] 38
Year-end Charts (1983) Position
Finland (The Official Finnish Charts)[10] 75

References[edit]

  1. ^ "45cat - Riccardo Fogli - For Lucia - Per Lucia - Ariola - UK - ARO 297". Retrieved 8 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Per Lucia". Retrieved 18 Nov 2016. 
  3. ^ "Suomen Albumi listat" (in Finnish). Retrieved 18 Nov 2016. 
  4. ^ "Svensk mediedatabas". Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Per Lucia" (in Finnish). Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Oto Pestner - Tebi Lucija". Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  7. ^ "Search for the forum "Finnish Chart performance of Eurovision songs" at UK Mix Forum's advanced search - ukmix.org". UK Mix Forum. Retrieved 23 Oct 2016. 
  8. ^ "Riccardo Fogli - Per Lucia - www.offiziellecharts.de". Offizielle Deutsche Charts. Retrieved 18 Oct 2016. 
  9. ^ "Indice per Interprete: F (Riccardo Fogli's singles) - www.hitparadeitalia.it". Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved 21 Oct 2016. 
  10. ^ "Suurimmat hitit 1983". Suomen Vuosilistat. Retrieved 18 Nov 2016. 

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