Adriano Celentano - All about the musician: biography and facts

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Adriano Celentano, nicknamed "Molleggiato

Celentano was born into a large family in Milan on January 6, 1938. Lived quite cramped. All his childhood spent on Gluck Street, mentioned later in the acclaimed hit. The plight of his relatives forced the teenager to stop studying at school at the age of 12 and earn money by helping the clockmaker. In his adolescence he often did impersonations of the comic actor Jerry Lewis, and so successfully that he was awarded the grand prize with a cash prize of 100,000 lire in a look-alike show.

Adriano Celentano
Adriano Celentano

In 1955, after seeing the hit "Rock Around the Clock" the young man became a fan of rock and roll and joined the group "Rock Boys", where he created and sang songs of authorship, and a close friend soon began to produce the artist.


The rock band performed in 1957 at the Milan Rock and Roll Festival. The tracks were mostly English-language covers, but the band decided to go for broke and sing in Italian. As a result, the song "I'll Say Goodbye to You" was in the lead.

In 1958, the performer already performs alone in the Ancona Festival. The song "Il tuo bacio è come un rock" made him famous. The company Jolly offered cooperation to the artist. This gave a start to his solo career, although it was interrupted by an army draft.

Adriano Celentano
Adriano Celentano

In 1961, the young artist made his first appearance at the Sanremo Festival. And even the army was not an obstacle. He obtained a special permission from the Ministry of Defence. The situation was out of the ordinary: before that permission of that kind had only been granted to sportsmen competing in world competitions. The song "24,000 baci" became a huge hit of the decade. It won the author the honorable second prize, but only because the jury considered the singer's habit of turning away from the audience to be inappropriate.

At the same time, the agreement with Jolly was terminated and a personal recording studio was founded, which included friends and like-minded people. They became known as the "Celentano Clan".

Adriano Celentano and Claudia Mori
Adriano Celentano and Claudia Mori

In 1962, the singer won the "Katagiro" competition with the composition "Stai lontana da me," and toured his native country and France extensively.

Four years later, the hit "Il ragazzo della via Gluck" was played on the Sanremo stage. At that time it was not given any place of honor, but the song was loved by the audience for its socio-political position.

This would become an important aspect of Celentano's work. Two years later, the composition "Canzone" in Sanremo would bring the author third place. The victory would be marked in 1970, when the performer would sing with his wife.

Already since the mid-60s, collections of songs by the "Clan Celentano" would be published almost annually. The successful tandem with music author Paolo Conte would prove well established. "Azzurro" would become the unspoken anthem of soccer fans in 2006.

The author's songs reflect his basic idea, the conviction that the artist is obliged to notice problems and not to gloss over them, which is why it is not just about romantic relationships.

The album "I mali del secolo", released in 1972, includes only the author's songs. They touch upon a number of topical problems of our time. "Svalutation", the album of 1976, is full of irony and touches upon aspects of ecological and socio-political character. It brings the author European fame.

Adriano Celentano
Adriano Celentano

In 1979, Celentano works together with Toto Cotugno. The album "Soli" was in the top 10 for 58 weeks.

In 1987, ignoring the fear of flights, Celentano visits the Soviet Union. In the archives there is footage of a crowded performance in "Olympic".

Since the 90's the performer completely gives himself to music and stops filming. He wants to try new things, to arouse interest in the collaborative work of gifted people.

Esco di rado e parlo ancora meno" from 2001 went platinum. The soul-touching "Confessa" turns into a calling card of the Italian - by the powerful response of the public it can be compared with a world-class event. To be fair, the well-deserved fame is shared between Celentano and the composer Gianni Bella.

Today, Celentano is just as in demand, creating songs, performing them, touring. Political leaders are wary of his wit and influence. In 2012, for example, ruling circles reacted modestly to Celentano's invitation to the San Remo Festival. But he spoke for an hour or so, speaking boldly about the crisis plaguing the European continent, the complexities of Catholicism, and inequalities in society.

In 2012, after years of silence, Facciamo Finta Che Sia Vero was published. It was a time when Italy was going through difficult times.

This performer is the benchmark for an entire generation. He gathered venues of thousands of spectators. For example, in an amphitheater with a capacity of 6,000, his performance cost 1 euro. In this way he expressed the support of the Italian public in difficult times, advocating not for profit, but for the enthusiasm of the people. He always wanted to see families at his concerts.

At the beginning of 2013, the song "Ti fai del male" was published on the artist's official website, just at the time of the elections. At the same time a collection of old and new compositions on 4 discs was published.

In Italy, for his manner of moving on stage he was nicknamed "Molleggiato" (Italian for "on springs").

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