Riccardo Cocciante

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Riccardo Cocciante
Riccardo Cocciante 1975.jpg
Riccardo Cocciante in 1975
Background information
Born (1946-02-20) 20 February 1946 (age 72)
Saigon
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) singer, composer
Instruments Piano
Years active 1968 — present
Labels RCA Talent, Delta, RCA Italiana, Virgin Dischi, 20th Century
Website Official website
Riccardo Cocciante
Born Riccardo Cocciante
Occupation singer, songwriter
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)

Riccardo Cocciante (Italian: [rikˈkardo kotˈtʃante]; born 20 February 1946), also known in French-speaking countries and the U.S. as Richard Cocciante (French: [ʁiʃaʁ kɔʃjɑ̃t]), is an Italian singer, composer, theatre man and musician.

Personal life[edit]

Cocciante was born on 20 February 1946 in Saigon, French Indochina, now Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to an Italian father from Rocca di Mezzo (provincia dell'Aquila) and a French mother. At the age of 11, he moved to Rome, Italy, where he attended school. He also lived in the United States and Ireland.

Career[edit]

Cocciante began achieving success as a musician around 1972. In 1976, he covered the Beatles song "Michelle" for the musical documentary All This and World War II. That same year, he released his sole English album in the US, with the single "When Love Has Gone Away" peaking at #41 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1]

In 1991, he won the Sanremo Festival with the song "Se stiamo insieme", and for Christmas 1997, his friend Plácido Domingo invited him to sing at Domingo's annual Christmas in Vienna concert, together with Sarah Brightman and Helmut Lotti.

As of 2008, Cocciante has three musicals running, with Notre-Dame de Paris being the most known.

His oeuvre includes recordings in Italian, French, English, and Spanish; he has recorded some of his songs in all four languages, including "Pour Elle" recorded as "Per Lei" in Italian, "Para Ella" in Spanish, and "I'd Fly" in English.

Discography[edit]

  • Mu (1972)
  • Poesia (1973)
  • Anima (1974)
  • L'alba (1975)
  • Richard Cocciante [English version of Anima] (1976)
  • Concerto per Margherita (1976)
  • Riccardo Cocciante (1978)
  • ...E io canto (1979)
  • Cervo a primavera (1980)
  • Q Concert (1981)
  • Cocciante (1982)
  • Sincerità (1983)
  • Il mare dei papaveri (1985)
  • Quando si vuole bene (1986)
  • La grande avventura (1988)
  • Viva! (1988)
  • Cocciante (also known as Se stiamo insieme; 1991)
  • Eventi e mutamenti (1993)
  • Il mio nome è Riccardo (1994)
  • Un uomo felice (1994)
  • Je Chante (1995)
  • Innamorato (1997)
  • Istantanea (1998)
  • Notre-dame de Paris live Arena di Verona (2002)
  • Songs (2005)

Musicals[edit]

References[edit]

  • Asinari, Pierguido. Riccardo Cocciante. 1971–2007. Dalla forma canzone al melodramma. Rome: 2007. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Pooh
with "Uomini soli"
Sanremo Music Festival
Winner

1991
Succeeded by
Luca Barbarossa
with "Portami a ballare"