|SINGER, MUSICIAN (ITALY)|
BORN 4 Mar 1943, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna - DIED 1 Mar 2012, Montreux, Vaud|
GRAVE LOCATION Bologna, Emilia-Romagna: Cimitero monumentale della Certosa di Bologna, Via della Certosa 18 (Campo Carducci)
Lucio Dalla played the clarinet from an early age. He was a member of a local jazz band, Rheno Dixieland Band, together with future film director Pupi Avati. In 1960 the band won a prize in Antibes. After Gino Paoli heard him, he adviced him to try his hand as a solo singer. His first album "1999" was unsuccessful, but he died better with "Terra di Gaibola" (1970). He collaborated with the poet Roberto Roversi who wrote lyrics for several albums. Sales were modest but the critics liked them. After they broke up the album "Automobili" was released, containing the song "Nuvolari".
Dalla started writing his own lyrics and the albums he released around 1980 were successful. His song "Caruso" was covered by Luciano Pavarotti, Julio Iglesias and Andrea Bocelli. He sang it with Pavarotti on "Pavarotti and Friends". The single "Attenti al lupo" (1990) brought him success in Europe. He continued making albums until 2011. He died in 2012 in Montreux.