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Fausto Leali


Fausto Leali

Fausto Leali
Fausto Leali in 2006
Background information
Born (1944-10-29) 29 October 1944 (age 69)
Origin Nuvolento, Lombardy, Italy
Genres Pop, soul, blues
Occupations Singer, songwriter
Years active 1960–present
Labels Music, Jolly, Ri-Fi, Philips Records, CBS, CGD, Itaca, Dischi Ricordi

Fausto Leali (born 29 October 1944, Nuvolento, Italy) is an Italian singer, famous for his rough and aggressive voice, in sharp contrast with Italian melody conventions. Due to his voice, he is nicknamed "The black white" ("Negro bianco").



Leali began his musical career as a singer in several bands in his native Brescia. He released his first single in 1962 as 'Fausto Denis', for the magazine Nuova Enigmistica Tascabile.[1]

Then he joined a group from Alessandria, the Novelty,[2] which had already released an EP in 1961. With the group he managed to obtain a recording contract with the record label,[3] and began to release singles, including two covers of Beatles songs, "Please Please Me" and "Lei ti ama" ("She Loves You").[4] Most of the other tracks released in the period were included in their first album, released in 1965. In 1966 Leali and the band Novelty changed their record label from Music to Ri-Fi.


His first real success was "A chi" in 1967 (an Italian version of an 1954 American song "Hurt", written by Roy Hamilton, which was also issued years later by Francesco De Gregori).[5] "A chi" sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.[6] In the same year Leali took part for the first time in the television festival Un disco per l'estate, with the song "Senza di te", but he did not progress beyond the first round.[7][8]

The following year he married the singer Milena Cantù, a former member of Clan Celentano,[3] with whom he had a daughter, Deborah, so named after the success of the homonymous song sung in that year Festival di Sanremo edition with Wilson Pickett (fourth place).

In 1969, 1971 and 1974, he returned to Un disco per l'estate with the songs "Tu non meritavi una canzone",[9] "Si chiama Maria",[10] and "Solo lei".[11] After a period of obscurity, he came back to fame in 1976 with the single, "Io camminero", which reached the top of charts,[12] and in 1980 with a performance of Totò's song "Malafemmena". In late 1980s he had several successful performances at Sanremo festival; in 1987 with "Io amo" (fourth place),[13] 1988 with "Mi manchi" (fifth place)[14] and in 1989 in duet with Anna Oxa, with the song "Ti lascerò" which won the contest.[15] The same year Oxa and Leali represented Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest with "Avrei voluto".[16] The song placed 9th. He came back to Sanremo in 2002, with "Ora che ho bisogno di te", sung in duet with Luisa Corna,[17] and the next year with the successful, platinum disc single, "Eri tu".[4][18]

After taking part in 2006 in the Rai Due reality show, Music Farm, where he reached the finals,[19] Leali released a new album Profumo e Kerosene, with ten new songs, all in a different musical styling.



  • 1965 Fausto Leali & I Novelty
  • 1966 Fausto Leali e i suoi Novelty
  • 1966 Il negro bianco
  • 1970 Fausto Leali
  • 1970 Anthology
  • 1971 Run ... Fausto run
  • 1975 Amore dolce, amore amaro, amore mio
  • 1976 Io camminerò
  • 1977 Leapoli
  • 1981 Un attimo di blu
  • 1987 Io amo e gli altri successi
  • 1988 Non c'è neanche il coro
  • 1989 Leali
  • 1992 Saremo promossi
  • 1994 Anima nuda
  • 1996 Non solo blues
  • 1997 Non solo blues 2 (Non ami che te)
  • 1999 LealiLive
  • 2002 Secondo me ... io ti amo
  • 2003 I grandi successi
  • 2006 Profumo e Kerosene
  • 2008 Best of
  • 2009 Una piccola parte di te


  • 1962 I magnifici sette/Madonnina delle due strade
  • 1962 Un bacio e poi/Giochiamo all'amore
  • 1962 Portami tante rose/Non insistere
  • 1963 Please please me/5 giorni
  • 1963 Follie d'estate/Non voglio più piangere
  • 1964 La campagna in città/Ho perduto
  • 1964 Lei ti ama/Danza senza nome
  • 1964 Allora non era amore/Baby Jane
  • 1965 Raccontalo ad un altro/Un bacio in più
  • 1965 Sha la la/Sorriderai
  • 1967 A chi/Se qualcuno cercasse di te
  • 1967 Senza di te/Oscurità
  • 1967 Senza luce/Per un momento ho perso te
  • 1968 Angeli negri/Potrai fidarti di me
  • 1968 È colpa sua/Chiudo gli occhi e conto a sei
  • 1969 Un'ora fa/Non l'hai capito
  • 1968 Deborah
  • 1969 Portami con te
  • 1969 Tu non meritavi una canzone
  • 1970 Hippy
  • 1970 Ave Maria no morro
  • 1971 America
  • 1971 Si chiama Maria
  • 1971 Lei
  • 1972 L'uomo e il cane
  • 1972 Karany karanué
  • 1973 La bandiera di sole
  • 1973 Quando me ne andrò
  • 1974 Solo lei
  • 1975 Amore amaro, amore dolce, amore mio
  • 1976 Io camminerò
  • 1977 Vierno
  • 1978 Tu non mia
  • 1980 Musica ti amo
  • 1981 Malafemmena
  • 1981 Canzone facile
  • 1982 Gente comune
  • 1983 Canzone amara
  • 1986 Via di qua
  • 1987 Io amo
  • 1988 Mi manchi
  • 1989 Ti lascerò
  • 1989 Avrei voluto
  • 1992 Perché
  • 1997 Non ami che te
  • 2002 Ora che ho bisogno di te
  • 2003 Eri tu
  • 2006 Nascerà
  • 2009 Una piccola parte di te


  • 1975 with Loredana Bertè: Brucia il paradiso
  • 1977 with Mario Lavezzi and Loredana Bertè: Le tre verità
  • 1986 with Mina: Via di qua
  • 1987 with Loredana Bertè: Notte d'amore
  • 1989 with Anna Oxa: Avrei voluto and Ti lascerò
  • 1989 with Anna Oxa and Franco Fasano: Da fratello a fratello
  • 2002 with Luisa Corna: Ora che ho bisogno di te


External links

  • Official site -
  • Internet Movie Database
Preceded by
Luca Barbarossa
with Vivo (Ti scrivo)
Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest
(with Anna Oxa)
Succeeded by
Toto Cutugno
with Insieme: 1992

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