Pino Daniele

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Pino Daniele
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Daniele, Italian blues vocalist and guitarist
Background information
Birth name Giuseppe Daniele
Born (1955-03-19)19 March 1955
Naples, Italy
Died 4 January 2015(2015-01-04) (aged 59)
Rome, Italy[1]
Genres Rumba, blues, jazz, rock, tarantella, folk, blues rock, fusion, soul, funk, Middle Eastern music, pop
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, film scorer
Instruments Vocals, guitar,
Years active 1975–2015
Associated acts Richie Hayward, Mel Collins, Chick Corea, Eros Ramazzotti, Francesco De Gregori, and Fiorella Mannoia

Pino Daniele (19 March 1955 – 4 January 2015) was an Italian singer-songwriter, and guitarist,[2] whose influences covered a wide number of genres, including pop, blues, jazz, and Italian and Middle Eastern music.


Daniele was born to a working-class family in Naples, his father being a port worker. A self-taught guitarist, he began his career as a musician playing for other successful singers of the 1970s.

His striking debut in the Italian music world was in 1977 with the album Terra mia, which proved to be a successful mix of Neapolitan tradition and Blues sounds. Daniele defined his music with the term "tarumbò", which indicated a mix of tarantella, blues and rumba. His lyrics also attracted critical praise: written and sung in an intense Neapolitan, they contained strong though bitter accusations against the social injustices of Naples, as well as Italian society in general, and included melancholic personal themes. Several of the later songs are characterized by a free intermingling of English, Italian and Neapolitan passages.[citation needed]

Daniele's talent was confirmed on the following album Pino Daniele (1979). He scored his greatest success in 1980, with Nero a metà ("Half-Black Skinned"), which was noted by some authorities as the hallmark of the rebirth of Neapolitan song. In that year Daniele opened the Bob Marley concert at the San Siro stadium in Milan. In 1981 Vai Mo was released. The presence of some of the most renowned musicians of the Neapolitan musical milieu, including James Senese, Enzo Avitabile, Tullio De Piscopo and Tony Esposito, as session men on his albums has also been widely praised.

In 1982 Daniele gradually shifted to a personal and early version of world music: in Bella 'mbriana musicians such as Alphonso Johnson and Wayne Shorter appeared as guest players. In the following year Daniele held a concert in Havana, and later formed a Latin-American band featuring Juan Pablo Torres, Adalberto Lara and Nanà Vasconcelos. In (1984), the former King Crimson member Mel Collins played on Daniele's album Musicante. Daniele's skills in creating well-balanced blends of Mediterranean, Blues, rock, music, salsa and Neapolitan melodies are well shown in his first live work, Live Sciò of 1984. In 1983 Daniele collaborated with the American singer/guitarist Richie Havens on Common Ground, an album written and played together. His interest in Arabic music is emphasized on Bonne Soirée (1987), while the subsequent Schizzechea With Love (1988) was more Mediterranean-oriented. In the same year he started a collaboration with the Italian actor and director Massimo Troisi: Daniele completed the soundtracks for Troisi's films Le vie del Signore sono finite and Pensavo fosse amore invece era un calesse.

A certain loss of inspiration and a move to a more pop-oriented songwriting can be detected in his greatest commercial success, Mascalzone Latino (1989), a success confirmed by the following albums Un uomo in Blues (1991) and Che Dio ti benedica (1993). The latter contains two songs produced by Chick Corea.

Non calpestare i fiori nel deserto, released in Spring 1995, is an attempt to revive inspiration through African and Ethnic influences, and sold more than 800,000 copies. The subsequent tour ended with a double date with Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny.[3]

In 2002, after a collaboration with Eros Ramazzotti, Daniele sang and toured with two other famous Italian singers, Francesco De Gregori and Fiorella Mannoia.

On 2010 Pino Daniele play at Crossroads Guitar Festival, called by his friend Eric Clapton at Toyota Park in Chicago, playing with Joe Bonamassa and Robert Randolph.[4]

On 2011 Pino is in concert with Clapton at Cava dei Tirreni stadium.[5]

His latest album containing previously unpublished songs is La grande madre of 2012.

On January 5, 2015, it was announced via Instagram by Daniele's longtime friend Eros Ramazzotti that he had died from a heart attack between 4 and 5 January. Daniele is considered to have been one of the best singer-songwriters in Italian history.[6][7] Daniele's death was confirmed at 10:45pm at Sant'Eugenio Hospital in Rome (Italy) on 4 January.[8][9]


Many artists recorded cover versions of Pino Daniele's songs: among others, Sarah Jane Morris (Alleria on album Cello Song[10]), Randy Crawford (Quanno chiove, in English It's Raining, on album Through the Eyes of Love[11]), Patricia Marx (Quanno chiove, in Portuguese Quando chove, on album Charme do mundo[12]), Marisa Monte (E po' che fa, in Portuguese Bem que se quis, on album MM[13]), and Issac Delgado (Quando, on album Malecon[14]).


Studio albums[edit]

  • Terra mia (1977)
  • Pino Daniele (1979)
  • Nero a metà (1980)
  • Vai mò (1981)
  • Bella 'mbriana (1982)
  • Musicante (1984)
  • Ferryboat (1985)
  • Bonne soirée (1987)
  • Schizzechea with love (1988)
  • Mascalzone latino (1989)
  • Un uomo in blues (1991)
  • Sotto 'o sole (1992)
  • Che Dio ti benedica (1993)
  • Non calpestare i fiori nel deserto (1995)
  • Dimmi cosa succede sulla terra (1997)
  • Come un gelato all'equatore (1999)
  • Medina (2001)
  • Passi d'autore (2004, Pino Daniele Project)
  • Iguana cafè (2005)
  • Il mio nome è Pino Daniele e vivo qui (2007)
  • Ricomincio da 30 (2008, triple anthology) ( ITA : Platinum )
  • Electric jam (2009) ( ITA : Platinum )
  • Boogie Boogie man (2010)
  • La Grande Madre (2012)

Live Albums[edit]





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