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Nicola Di Bari

Nicola Di Bari
Di Bari and Nada celebrate victory at the Sanremo Music Festival 1971
Born Michele Scommegna
29 September 1940 (1940-09-29) (age 75)
Zapponeta, Italy
Occupation Singer

Nicola Di Bari, born Michele Scommegna on 29 September 1940, is an Italian singer-songwriter and actor. He is considered one of the "sacred monsters" of Italian pop music.[1]

Contents

  • Life and career 1
  • Selected discography 2
    • Albums 2.1
    • Singles 2.2
    • CDs 2.3
  • Selected filmography 3
    • Actor 3.1
    • Soundtrack composer 3.2
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Life and career

Born in Zapponeta, Apulia, Di Bari was the youngest of ten children in a family of farmers.[2] He gave up his accountancy studies to go to work in the North Italy, and after a short stay in Rome he moved in Milan where he made many different jobs.[2] In 1962, in Cologno Monzese, he won a song contest with a song of which he was also the author, "Piano pianino".[2] In 1964 he got his first commercial success with the song "Amore ritorna a casa".[1] Between 1965 and 1967 he entered the competition at three editions of the Sanremo Music Festival, in couple with Gene Pitney.[3]

In 1970 Di Bari obtained a great commercial and critical success with the song "La prima cosa bella", which ranked second at the Sanremo Music Festival and first on the Italian hit parade.[3][4] In 1971 he won the Sanremo Music Festival and Canzonissima, with the songs "Il cuore è uno zingaro" and "Chitarra suona più piano".[3] In 1972, he won again the Sanremo Festival and represented Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "I giorni dell'arcobaleno" ("The Days of the Rainbow").[3] In the following years Di Bari grew his international popularity, especially in Latin America, where he recorded several albums in Spanish and where he gradually focused his career.[1][3]

Selected discography

Albums

  • 1965 Nicola Di Bari (Jolly records, LPJ 5041)
  • 1970 Nicola Di Bari (RCA, PSL 10464)
  • 1971 Nicola Di Bari (RCA, PSL 10494)
  • 1971 Nicola di Bari canta Luigi Tenco (RCA, PSL 10520)
  • 1972 I giorni dell'arcobaleno (RCA, PSL 10533)
  • 1973 Paese (RCA, PSL 10571)
  • 1973 Un altro Sud (RCA, DPSL 10597)
  • 1973 La colomba di carta (RCA, TPL1-1043)
  • 1974 Ti fa bella l'amore (RCA, TPL1-1104)
  • 1977 Nicola Di Bari (Carosello, CLN 25068)
  • 1981 Passo dopo passo (WEA, T 58327)
  • 1982 L'amore è... (Carosello, CLN 25096)
  • 1985 Innamorarsi (CBS, 57047)
  • 1987 Encanto (CBS DIL, 11350)

Singles

  • 1963 "Piano... pianino.../Perché te ne vai" (Jolly, J 20217)
  • 1964 "Amore ritorna a casa/Senza motivo" (Jolly, J 20229)
  • 1964 "Non farmi piangere più/Ti tendo le braccia" (Jolly, J 20255)
  • 1965 "Tu non potrai capire/Una cosa di nessuna importanza" (Jolly, J 20280)
  • 1965 "Amici miei/Amo te, solo te" (Jolly, J 20282)
  • 1965 "Piangerò/Il rimpianto" (Jolly, J 20294)
  • 1965 "Un amore vero/Non sai come ti amo" (Jolly, J 20331)
  • 1966 "Lei mi aspetta/Ridi con me" (Jolly, J 20346)
  • 1967 "Guardati alle spalle/Judy" (Jolly, J 20406)
  • 1968 "Se mai ti parlassero di me/Giramondo" (RCA, PM 3416)
  • 1968 "Il mondo è grigio, il mondo è blu/Solo ciao" (RCA, PM 3448)
  • 1969 "Eternamente/La vita e l'amore" (RCA, PM 3488)
  • 1970 "La prima cosa bella/...e lavorare" (RCA, PM 3510)
  • 1970 "Vagabondo/La mia donna" (RCA, PM 3531)
  • 1970 "Una ragazzina come te/Zapponeta" (RCA, PM 3554)
  • 1971 "Il cuore è uno zingaro/Agnese" (RCA, PM 3575)
  • 1971 "Anima/Pioverà pioverà" (RCA, Pl 1)
  • 1971 "Un uomo molte cose non le sa/Sogno di primavera" (RCA, PM 3611)
  • 1971 "Chitarra suona più piano/Lontano, lontano" (RCA, PM 3627)
  • 1972 "I giorni dell'arcobaleno/Era di primavera" (RCA, PM 3639)
  • 1972 "Occhi chiari/Un minuto... una vita" (RCA, PM 3673)
  • 1972 "Paese/Qualche cosa di più" (RCA, PM 3693)
  • 1974 "Sai che bevo, sai che fumo/Libertà" (RCA, TPBO 1121)
  • 1975 "Beniamino/Tema di Beniamino" (RCA, TPBO 1150)
  • 1976 "La più bella del mondo/Anna, perché" (Carosello, Cl 20415)
  • 1976 "E ti amavo/Momento" (Carosello, Cl 20435)
  • 1977 "Lei, mia/Favole" (Carosello, Cl 20450)
  • 1979 "Chiara/Partire perché" (VIP, 10205)
  • 1982 "Innamorati noi/Solamente una vez" (Carosello, Cl 20510)
  • 1983 "Vorrei/Sono triste" (Polydor, 815 409-7)

CDs

  • 1995 Il meglio di Nicola Di Bari ("The Best of Nicola di Bari"), (DV More Records, DV 5874)
  • 1999 I più grandi successi ("The Greatest Hits"), (Duck Records)

Selected filmography

Actor

Soundtrack composer

References

  1. ^ a b c Enrico Deregibus. Dizionario completo della Canzone Italiana. Giunti Editore, 2010. pp. 161–162.  
  2. ^ a b c B & N, Volume 32,Edizioni 7–12. Società Gestione Editoriali, 1971. p. 90.
  3. ^ a b c d e Eddy Anselmi. Festival di Sanremo: almanacco illustrato della canzone italiana. Panini Comics, 2009. p. 679.  
  4. ^ Dario Salvatori. Storia dell'Hit Parade. Gramese, 1989.  

External links

  • Detailed discography
  • Official website
  • Fans' webpage dedicated to Nicola di Bari (in Italian)
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Adriano Celentano & Claudia Mori
with "Chi non lavora non fa l'amore"
Sanremo Music Festival
Winner

1971
Succeeded by
Nicola Di Bari
with "I giorni dell'arcobaleno"
Preceded by
Massimo Ranieri
with "Vent'anni"
Winner of Canzonissima
1971
Succeeded by
Massimo Ranieri
with "Erba di casa mia"
Preceded by
Nicola Di Bari & Nada
with "Il cuore è uno zingaro"
Sanremo Music Festival
Winner

1972
Succeeded by
Peppino di Capri
with "Un grande amore e niente più"
Preceded by
Massimo Ranieri
with "L'amore è un attimo"
Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest
1972
Succeeded by
Massimo Ranieri
with "Chi sarà con te"
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