sábado, 3 de octubre de 2009

Gigliola Cinquetti - Le 50 Più Belle Canzoni

Gigliola Cinquetti, the Italian winner of the 1964 Eurovision Song Contest, was born on December 20, 1947, in Verona. She first received attention at age 16, when she triumphed at the annual San Remo Song Contest in early 1964; just weeks later, she swept to victory at Eurovision, to set herself up for a stunningly successful career. Her winning entry at both events, incidentally, was 'Non Ho L'Eta' ('Not Old Enough'). The song was a major hit throughout Europe, including the traditionally resistant UK. Domenico Modugno's masterpiece 'Dio Como Ti Amo' brought Cinquetti further international success in 1966; among her other hits are 'Il Primo Bacio Che Darò', 'Caro Come Te' (1964), 'Piccola Cittá', 'La Rosa Nera' (1967), 'Sera', 'Quelli Erano Giorni' (1968) and 'La Pioggia' (1969). Through this same period, her albums included Alle Porte del Sole, Auf der Straße der Sonne, Cantando con Gli Amici, Giovane Vecchio Cuore, Il Treno Dell'amore, Pensieri di Donna, and Stasera Ballo Liscio. After a decade spent topping the Italian charts, Cinquetti returned to Eurovision in 1974, this time performing 'Si' — and running into a political firestorm in her homeland. Italy was about to go to the polls for a referendum on the legalization of divorce. It was feared that the song's title, translating as 'Yes,' would be construed as a commentary upon the debate and might even act as a subliminal message to voters. Italy's national broadcasters RAI not only banned the song from the airwaves, but even censored it from their telecast of the Eurovision Song Contest itself. Still, 'Si' finished second (behind ABBA's 'Waterloo'), while an English-language version, 'Go,' gave Cinquetti her second UK hit. Since that time, Cinquetti has remained a force to be reckoned with in her homeland and beyond, and she returned once more to Eurovision in 1991 to co-host the event with the previous year's winner, Italian Toto Cutugno. http://www.allmusic.com/. I have garthered here 50 of Gigliola's best known songs - including all the aforementioned - plus some foreign-language versions of her biggest hits and a few B-sides. I must let you know that some of her late '60s-early '70s repertoire may sound a bit syrupy sometimes. Frankly, songs like 'La Pioggia' and 'Il Treno Dell'Amore' are not really my taste and most probably not yours either, but her voice is so great that they are still worth listening to (like France Gall's 'Baci, Baci, Baci', 'Homme tout petit' and such were too, but just barely and only because it was her singing!)
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An enchanting 16-year-old Gigliola Cinquetti sings her first hit, 'Non ho l'età', in 1964. With this song she won both the Eurovision Song Contest and, for the first time, the San Remo Festival. What a beautiful voice she had at such a young age!

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Gigliola Cinquetti delivers a sublime performance of 'Si', a song which came 2nd on Eurovision Song Contest, 1974:

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