Rocky Roberts

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Rocky Roberts
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Background information
Birth name Charles Roberts
Born Tanner, Alabama[1]
Died January 14, 2005(2005-01-14), age 66[2]
Rome, Italy
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1960–2004

Rocky Roberts (born Charles Roberts, Tanner, 23 August 1938– Rome, 13 January 2005) was an American-born Italian rhythm and blues singer.

Before he became famous in show business, Roberts served in the United States Navy and was a Navy champion boxer. He first got interested in singing by a country-oriented musician called Doug Fowlkes, who was in a band called the Airdales (US-navy slang for Navy pilots).[1]

Roberts won a singing competition while on shore leave in Juan-les-Pins, France, and chose to stay in Europe after retiring from the Navy in 1962.[2][1]

In 1967, he had a major Italian hit, "Stasera Mi Butto", which sold 3.7 million copies[1] and won the Festivalbar.[3] The song's success led to a 1967 motion picture of the same title, starring Roberts. He appeared subsequently in several other Italian films.

He was known for always wearing dark sunglasses.[2][1]

Roberts sang the Luis Bacalov-written theme song from the 1966 film, Django.[4] Quentin Tarantino reused the recording as the opening theme for his 2012 film Django Unchained.[5]

He died of lung cancer in Rome in 2005 at the age of 66.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Italian fans rave for 'Bama Singer", UPI in The Beaver County Times, May 6, 1970.
  2. ^ a b c d "Rocky Roberts, 66; Ex-Boxer Made a Hit Record, Movie in Italy", Los Angeles Times, January 16, 2005.
  3. ^ "From the Music Capitals of the World: Milan", Billboard, September 30, 1967.
  4. ^ Anselmo Núñez Marqués, Western a la Europea-: Un Plato Que Se Sirve Frío (Entrelineas Editores, 2006), ISBN 978-8498024326, pp. 123-125 (in Spanish). Excerpts available at Google Books.
  5. ^ Randy Lewis, "Quentin Tarantino discusses the music of 'Django Unchained'", Los Angeles Times, December 25, 2012.

External links[edit]

Rocky Roberts on Internet Movie Database