Italian singer-songwriter Nico Fidenco, who was very popular in the 1960s, died this Saturday in Rome at the age of 89. The peninsular media reported it, echoing the information offered by their relatives.
A singer and composer who approached music as a self-taught, Fidenco achieved success in the middle of that decade with titles such as with you on the beach, if you lost me Y At Irene’s housewhich have been translated into Spanish and have sold copies worldwide.
Born in Rome as Domenico Colarossi on January 24, 1933, Fidenco distinguished himself as a film composer, creating the central theme of the soundtrack of The dolphins (1960), by Francesco Maselli, where he made his debut he is in heavenone of his greatest hits.
In the same year he wrote the soundtrack for the film by Richard Quine The World of Suzie Wonga co-production between Great Britain and the United States.
Several Latin American singers translated their songs and achieved great success, such as the Mexican Enrique Guzmán, who in 1964 sold a multitude of copies throughout the continent thanks to with you on the beachoriginal version With you on the beachwhich was the first 45 rpm to exceed one million records sold in Italy in that format.
However, Fidenco’s greatest success has been Tied to a grain of sand (1961), better known in Latin America as grain of sandwhose most widespread Spanish version is that of the Mexican singer Ricardo Roca, who was the first voice of the group Los Hooligans.
The duo with Cher and their work in porn films
For the release of its first albums, RCA decided not to use portraits of Fidenco because it believed that he did not meet the requirements of a sex symbol.
Already in the second half of the decade, the singer saw his career stagnating. Even more after its debut – and only presentation – in Sanremo Festival in 1967 with a promising young American named Cher.
In the iconic competition, the duo sang the song my piano (so as not to wake up) which was eliminated before the final.
These misadventures led him to give up singing and arrange the soundtracks of various films, including The girl with the suitcase (1961), by Valerio Zurlini, with Claudia Cardinale and Jacques Perrin.
He also wrote the music for Boccacci 70, by Vittorio De Sica, Federico Fellini and Mario Monicelli, with Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastoranni, Anita Ekberg and Romy Schneider; and of numbered days (1962), by Elio Petri, with Salvo Randone.
Furthermore, between 1975 and 1978, Fidenco scored several films of the Italian erotic series emanuelleDirected by Joe D’Amato. Together with this adult film director, he also worked in the early 80s, in porn films black session Y holocaust porn.
Between 1984 and 1994, like him, he met several almost forgotten colleagues in Italy: Riccardo Del Turco, Jimmy Fontana and Gianni Meccia. Together with them he founded the Superquattro group, specialized in reproducing hits from the 60s, with relative commercial success.