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Lucio Dalla, one of the most popular and beloved Italian singers, songwriters and musicians of contemporary times, dies at the age of 68 of heart attack on March 1. In three days he would have turned 69. The artist died in Montreaux, Switzerland, where he was staying for a series of concerts that would have taken him through the country: Montreaux, then Basel, Lugano and Geneva.
Roberto Serra, photo reporter and one of Dalla’s best friends, was shocked and could not believe the news about the death of the late singer. He said “It is not possible, he called me yesterday evening, he was very fine, and he was happy, calm, amused and had peace of mind.
He was happy for an interview he had done and for the European tour that he had just started. He said that it was touching to retrieve the places of a similar tour he did 30 years ago, and to find again, although under different circumstances, the same positive reaction, in the audience, that he had at the time. He was in Zurich, he was going to Montreaux, he was happy.”
Dalla’s career spands over 50 years, with his first single released in 1964 by ARC records. Dalla’s first LP ‘1999,’ was released in 1966 by the same record label. His musical style is based on Jazz, but through the years Dalla developed his own personal style when composing his songs.
He experimented with several different beats of music; considered by many a poet, his musical style is mainly characterized by articulated and artistic songs. His musical heritage, though, comprises also of compositions typical of the melodic Italian popular genre, as well as pieces which almost cross into opera. One of the greatest features of Dalla’s music is probably to never be out of time, and always relevant.
He was a prolific musician, releasing 37 studio records. He also collaborated with several other musicians, both pertaining to the Italian scene as well as the international. He performed at the ‘Festival di Sanremo,’ the most traditional and famous Italian music competition on several occasions, both as contestant as well as special performing guest. Dalla also occasionally performed in Italian movies during his career.
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