Popular singer and songwriter Lucio Dalla died in Switzerland of a heart attack, on the morning of March 1st just at the beginning of his latest tour. Today would have been his 69th birthday so this post is my tribute to him.
His funeral is to be held in private this afternoon in Bologna after many thousands have paid their last respects to this much admired Italian singer. There is an article in this mornings issue of La Stampa that shows just how much respect this singer held as over thirty thousand people have made a visit to the funeral home, with many more expected to do so this morning. La Stampa
Lucia Dalla was born this day in 1943 in Bologna, a date that many came to know very well as it was also the title of his first hit song.
He has been active in the genres of soul, rock and pop since 1962, a career spanning fifty years. Lucia, as well as singing was a musician, he played both clarinet and keyboard and he was a renowned songwriter. One of his most famous compositions was Caruso written in 1986 which has been covered by many international artists including, Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli and Josh Grobhan. The song was a tribute to the great opera singer Enrico Caruso.
Music video by Lucio Dalla performing Caruso.
His last album Questo e Amore was released in November 2011 I have included a track from the album and an interview with Lucio Dalla promoting the album.
If you are interested in learning more about Lucio Dalla just visit any of the links listed in this post.
Sources: Lucio Dalla - Official Website YouTube - Lucio Dalla Wikipedia La Stampa