Riccardo Fogli

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Riccardo Fogli (born 21 October 1947 in Pontedera, Province of Pisa, Italy) is an Italian singer.

Biography[edit]

Early career[edit]

Riccardo Fogli was born on 21 October 1947 in Pontedera. He was fond of music since his childhood, studying music as an autodidact and learning to play electric bass. At 14 years old he started working in the Piaggio factory.[1]

In 1964, at the age of 17, Fogli joined the band Gli Slenders. Two years later, in 1966, he became the lead singer of Pooh. In 1973, at the peak of popularity with the band, because of personal problems (the breakup of his marriage and a tempestuous relationship with singer Patty Pravo), he left Pooh and started his solo career.[1]

In 1973, Riccardo issued his first album Ciao amore come stai (Hello, Love, How Are You?), which was followed by his second album Riccardo Fogli in 1976; the song "Mondo" ("World") from this album became a hit.[1]

1980s[edit]

The 1980s were a pinnacle of success for Riccardo Fogli. In this period, the lyrics of his songs became more philosophical and his singing manner became more emotional. It was in the 1980s that Fogli gained overwhelming popularity both within and outside Italy. In 1981, Fogli performed one of his most famous and lyrical song, "Malinconia" ("Melancholy"), and in 1982 he was the winner of the Festival di Sanremo with his other hit "Storie di tutti i giorni" ("Everyday Stories"), beating the duo Al Bano and Romina Power with their song "Felicità" ("Happiness").[1][2] Since then, Riccardo Fogli became world famous; his 1982 album Collezione (Collection) was issued in nearly a million copies in Western Europe, Japan and the USSR, where he became particularly popular.

Riccardo Fogli participated in Eurovision Song Contest with the entry "Per Lucia" ("For Lucia") in 1983, where he finished in 11th place and received 41 points.[2]

Fogli was married to and then divorced from the Italian singer Viola Valentino.[1]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Ciao amore, come stai (1973)
  • Riccardo Fogli (1976)
  • Il sole, l'aria, la luce, il cielo (1977)
  • Io ti porto via (1978)
  • Che ne sai (1979)
  • Alla fine di un lavoro (1980)
  • Campione (1981)
  • Collezione (1982)
  • Compagnia (1982)
  • Il primo Riccardo Fogli (Collection) (1982)
  • Torna a sorridere (1984)
  • 1985 (1985)
  • Le infinite vie del cuore (1987)
  • Storie di tutti i giorni (Collection) (1987)
  • Amore di guerra (1988)
  • Non finisce così (1989)
  • Sentirsi uniti (1990)
  • A metà del viaggio (1991)
  • Canzoni d'amore (Collection) (1991)
  • Teatrino meccanico (1992)
  • Mondo (Collection) (1992)
  • Nella fossa dei leoni (1994)
  • Fogli su Fogli (Unplugged) (1995)
  • Romanzo (1996)
  • Greatest Hits (1997)
  • Ballando (1998)
  • Matteo (Recordings of 1976) (1999)
  • Il mondo di Riccardo Fogli (Collection) (1999)
  • Storie di tutti i giorni (Live) (2002)
  • Il Vincitore - Musicfarm (2004)
  • Storie d'amore (Anthology + 3 unreleased) (2004)
  • Ci saranno giorni migliori (2005)
  • Riccardo Fogli (Book + CD) (2008)

Singles[edit]

  • "Zan zan" \ "I 10 comandamenti dell'amore" (1970)
  • "Due regali" \ "Oh Mary" (1973)
  • "Strana donna" \ "La prima notte senza lei" (1973)
  • "Complici" \ "Strana donna" (1974)
  • "Amico sei un gigante" \ "Una volta di più" (1974)
  • "Guardami" \ "Gente per bene" (1975)
  • "Mondo" \ "Finito" (1976)
  • "Ti voglio dire" \ "Viaggio" (1976)
  • "Stella" \ "Anna ti ricordi" (1977)
  • "Ricordati" \ "Paola" (1977)
  • "Io ti porto via" \ "Si alza grande nel sole, la mia voglia di te" (1978)
  • "Che ne sai" \ "Come una volta" (1979)
  • "Pace" \ "Che amore vuoi che sia" (1979)
  • "Ti amo però" \ "È l'amore" (1980)
  • "Scene da un amore" \ "Angelina" (1980)
  • "Malinconia" \ "La strada" (1981)
  • "Storie di tutti i giorni" \ "L'amore che verrà" (1982)
  • "Compagnia" \ "Piccoli tradimenti" (1982)
  • "Per Lucia" \ "Altri tempi" (1983)
  • "Torna a sorridere" \ "Diapositive" (1984)
  • "Sulla buona strada" \ "Greta" (1985)
  • "Voglio sognare" \ "Tempi andati" (1985)
  • "Dio come vorrei" \ "Buone vibrazioni" (1985)
  • "Amore di guerra" (1988)
  • "Non finisce così" \ "Delicata" (1989)
  • "Ma quale amore" \ "È tempo per noi" (1990)
  • "Io ti prego di ascoltare" \ "A metà del viaggio" (1991)
  • "In una notte così" \ "Un'altra volta te" (1992)
  • "Voglio le tue mani" \ "Se il cuore non contasse niente, uomini col borsello" (1992)
  • "Storia di un'altra storia" (1993)
  • "Quando sei sola" (1994)
  • "Ci saranno giorni migliori" (2005)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Nicola Sisto. "Fogli, Riccardo". Gino Castaldo (edited by). Dizionario della canzone italiana. Curcio Editore, 1990. pp. 690-1.
  2. ^ a b Eddy Anselmi. Festival di Sanremo: almanacco illustrato della canzone italiana. Panini Comics, 2009. ISBN 8863462291. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Alice
with "Per Elisa"
Sanremo Music Festival
Winner

1982
Succeeded by
Tiziana Rivale
with "Sarà quel che sarà"
Preceded by
Alan Sorrenti
with "Non so che darei"
Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest
1983
Succeeded by
Alice & Franco Battiato
with "I treni di Tozeur"