Earlier today Piero tweeted, “#tomorrowRussia”. Russian Il Volo fans must be ecstatic, Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca will soon be there!
We all know the guys will be in Moscow to perform in Toto Cutugno’s concert, yet I know very little about him. I am happy to say that Maria Pia does, and she has taken the time to share her thoughts with us.
Maria Pia, “I’ve read that our guys will perform in Moscow as guests in the Toto Cutugno concert and I would like to give you some information on him. He’s a famous singer and composer (he’s written songs for international stars including Ray Charles) not only in Italy but throughout Europe, especially in the Eastern European countries. I’ve been several times and for several months in Yugoslavia and there everyone was singing his songs in Italian and considering him as an idol. Also, he is a very handsome man. I hope that the show with Toto Cutugno will open to “our idols” even this market which is truly boundless.” Maria Pia, we value your perspective. Thank you so much! Michele
Photo from Bing Images:
Mini Bio “Toto Cutugno was born on July 7, 1943 in Fosdinovo, Tuscany, Italy as Salvatore Cutugno. He has been married to Carla since 1971. They have one child.”
Trivia “His most successful songs include “Solo noi” (1980, lit. for “Only Us”), “L’Italiano” (1983, “The Italian”), “Serenata” (1984, “Serenade”), “Insieme: 1992” (1990, “Together: 1992”) and “Gli amori” together with Ray Charles (1990, “Good Love Gone Bad” in the English version).”
Credit IMBd: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0194045/bio
About Toto Cutugno
“The Italian winner of the 1990 Eurovision Song Contest, Toto Cutugno was born Salvatore Cutugno on July 7, 1943, in the northern Tescan town of Fosdinovo. A drummer as a youth, he turned to songwriting in the early ’70s, and went on to compose hits for such European stars as Joe Dassin, Mireille Mathieu, Dalida, Johnny Halliday, Michel Sardou, Claude François and Gigliola Cinquetti. He also performed his material with his own band Albatross and, in 1976, the band released its self-titled debut album.
That same year, Albatross (performing the song “L’Albatross”) placed third at the San Remo Music Festival. They were back again in 1977, performing “Gran Premio,” since when Cutugno has visited the event on no less than a dozen further occasions. A solo artist now, he claimed victory just once, in 1980 with “Solo Noi” (“Only Us”). However, he would place second in 1984 with “Serenata” (“Serenade”), in 1987 with “Figli” (“Sons”), in 1988 with “Emozioni” (“Emotions”), and in 1989 with “Le Mamme” (“The Mothers”). A prolific recording artist throughout the ’80s, his album releases included 1980s solo debut Voglio l’Anima and Innamorata, Innamorato, Innamorati, 1981’s La Mia Musica, L’Italiano in 1983, and Mediterraneo and Cofanetto in 1987.
1990 saw Cutugno return to the San Remo event, performing alongside Ray Charles. Cutugno’s “Gli Amori” (recorded by Charles as “Good Love Gone Bad”) finished runner-up once again, but a greater triumph was just around the corner, as Cutugno’s “Insieme 1992” (“Together 1992”), a song celebrating the upcoming unification of Europe’s EEC membership, won the Eurovision Song Contest. His next album, Insieme, understandably remains Cutugno’s best known. His output slowed during the ’90s and beyond. 1992’s Non E Facile Essere Uomini was followed by Canzoni Nacoste (1997), Il Treno Va (2002) and Cantando (2004). 2005, however, saw Cutugno return to the spotlight when he joined singer Annalisa Minetti to perform “Come Noi Nessuno Al Mondo,” the title track from his latest album. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the pairing finished second once again.”
– Toto Cutugno Facebook
– Toto Cutugno, Artist Biography by Dave Thompson
– Toto Cutugno Biography IMDb
Have a great time guys!
Concert Announcement from Inter Media News Russia 3/28/2014
Bing translation of announcement below:
“Toto cutugno will conduct rehearsal with Orchestra”
“Open Rehearsal anniversary concert will take place on March 31, 2014 year toto Cutugno in the Club «Megapolis». A day later, the Italian artist to speak at Crocus City Hall.
The rehearsal will be attended by a large Symphony Orchestra under Al′terizio Paoletti, Italian Il Volo vocal trio and Toto.
During the rehearsal photo and video shooting will be allowed. At the end of the rehearsal, journalists will be able to get
comments from stakeholders, including the Cutugno.
Beginning at 18.00.
Information and registration at the phone: 8-903-9640-755 (Elena Beduš).”
Original Announcement from Inter Media News Russia
“Тото Кутуньо проведёт репетицию с оркестром
28.03.2014 14:26 Раздел: Музыка Рубрика: Анонсы
Открытая репетиция юбилейного концерта Тото Кутуньо состоится 31 марта 2014 года в клубе «Мегаполис». Напомним, что днём позже итальянский исполнитель выступить в Crocus City Hall.
В репетиции примут участие большой симфонический оркестр под управлением Альтеризио Паолетти, итальянское вокальное трио Il Volo и сам Тото.
Во время репетиции будет разрешена фото и видеосъемка. По окончании репетиции журналисты смогут получить
комментарии у участников процесса, в том числе – у самого Кутуньо.
Начало в 18.00.
Справки и аккредитация по тел.: 8-903-755-9640 (Елена Бедуш).”
Credit Inter Media News Russia: http://www.intermedia.ru/news/255341