Roberto Ciotti

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Roberto Ciotti
Roberto Ciotti 2010.jpg
Roberto Ciotti in 2010
Born (1953-02-20)20 February 1953
Died 31 December 2013(2013-12-31) (aged 60)
Occupation bluesman

Roberto Ciotti (20 February 1953 – 31 December 2013) was an Italian bluesman, composer and professional guitarist.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Rome, Ciotti began playing the guitar at the age of 12.[1] From 1970 to 1972 he was a member of the jazz band Blue Morning, then he started a solo career as a bluesman, a composer and a professional guitarist, collaborating with Chet Baker, Francesco De Gregori and Edoardo Bennato, among others.[1][2]

His debut album was Supergasoline Blues, released in 1978.[1] In 1980, he opened the Italian concerts of Bob Marley.[1] In 1989 he got critical and commercial success with the musical score of Marrakech Express by Gabriele Salvatores, with whom he collaborated again two years later in On Tour.[1][2] After the 2002 album Behind the Door he devoted himself mainly to the live concerts.[2] In 2006 he published an autobiography, Unplugged, in which he recounted the difficulty of coherence in doing blues without ever yielding to the lure of show business and easy money.[3]

Ciotti died, aged 60, following a long illness, on December 31, 2013.[2][3]



  • Supergasoline Blues (1978, Cramps, 5205 751)
  • Bluesman (1979, Cramps, 5205 752)
  • Rockin' Blues (1982, RCA Italiana)
  • No More Blue (1989)
  • Road'n'Rail (1992)
  • Marrakech Express - Turné (1992)
  • King of Nothing (1994)
  • Changes(1996)
  • Walking (1999, Il Manifesto)
  • Behind the Door (2002)
  • Troubles & Dreams (2010)
  • Equilibrio Precario (2013)


  1. ^ a b c d e Enrico Deregibus. Dizionario completo della Canzone Italiana. Giunti Editore, 2010. ISBN 8809756258. 
  2. ^ a b c d Ernesto Assante (31 December 2013). "Addio a Roberto Ciotti, bluesman romano. Era chiamato l'Eric Clapton italiano". La Repubblica. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Daniela Amenta (31 December 2013). "Addio a Roberto Ciotti, la musica perde un grande bluesman". L'Unità. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 

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