MASSIMO RANIERI, A DEAR FRIEND by Daniela

Surely in these days, this beautiful photo has not escaped you, but perhaps (Italians aside), not everyone knows who this man is that warmly embraces Michele and Gianluca.

He is a very good singer, indeed a true complete artist.

For those who do not know him, Massimo Ranieri is a fantastic singer with excellent vocal talents, but also a good actor, a historian, in the true sense of the word.

The photo below has been posted by Ranieri himself, with a beautiful dedication.
He was in Roseto degli Abruzzi, for a concert, which was very successful. Michele and Gianluca also went to his concert.

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The dedication:

Ieri magnifica serata a Roseto degli Abruzzi in compagnia dei miei cari amici Gianluca Ginoble e Michele Torpedine.

Translation:

Yesterday wonderful evening in Roseto degli Abruzzi, in the company of my dear friends Gianluca Ginoble and Michele Torpedine.

Il Volo, in 2016, had already been a guest of a transmission conducted by Massimo Ranieri, entitled SOGNO O SON DESTO?

During that transmission, Gianluca showed the photo with Ranieri, whom he jealously kept in his cell phone.

Here is the video of the evening, it is not of excellent quality but it is seen and feels quite well.

Massimo, at the end of the song “QUANDO L’AMORE DIVENTA POESIA”, presents IL VOLO with these words, “Here they are, these three fantastic, wonderful boys”.

After the pleasantries, Massimo says he was moved when Gianluca showed him the photo, stored in his cell phone. 

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There is a lot of respect and affection between Gianluca, Ignazio, Piero and Massimo Ranieri.

Another thing you may not know, is that the beautiful song “VENT’ANNI”, sung in concert in 2016 by Gianluca and Piero, is a song brought to success by a young Massimo Ranieri.

And here is the video of Massimo Ranieri who sings “VENT’ANNI” during Canzonissima (a transmission of songs) of 1970. Massimo was 19, the song was a great success.

And here, the beautiful words of the lyrics of the song.

VENT’ANNI

La mia vita cominciò
Come l’erba come il fiore
E mia madre mi baciò
Come fossi il primo amore

La la la la la
La la la la la

Nasce cosi
La vita mia
Come comincia
Una poesia

Io credo che lassù
C’era un sorriso anche per me
La stessa luce che
Si accende quando nasce un re

Una stella una chitarra
Primo amore biondo e mio
Con l’orgoglio dei vent’anni
Piansi, ma vi dissi addio

E me ne andai
Verso il destino
Con l’entusiasmo
Di un bambino

Io credo che lassù
C’era un sorriso anche per me
La stessa luce che

si accende quando nasce un re.

Io credo che lassù…..

Translation:

TWENTY YEARS

My life began
Like grass like a flower
And my mother kissed me
How I was the first love

La la la la
La la la la

Thus was born
My life
How it begins
A poem

I believe that up there
There was a smile for me too
The same light that
It lights up when a king is born

A star a guitar
First blonde love and mine
With the pride of twenty years
I cried, but I said you goodbye

And I left
To destiny
With enthusiasm
Of a child

I believe that up there
There was a smile for me too
The same light that

It lights up when a king is born

I believe that up there……

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Did you enjoy getting to know Massimo Ranieri better?

What do you think of his performance at 19?

Daniela

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

20 thoughts on “MASSIMO RANIERI, A DEAR FRIEND by Daniela”

  1. Thank you Daniela for all this information and the videos! I was not aware of this as probably many aren’t ! Loved it all, thanks again!!

  2. LAST SEPTEMBER I WAS VISITING FLORENCE WITH MY DAUGHTER. SHE ACCOMPANIED ME WHEN I GET TO FULFILL AN OLD DREAM OF MINE – TO VISIT FLORENCE ON MY TERMS. I ORDERED IN ADVANCE TICKETS TO A FEW NIGHTS, ONE OF THEM WAS A CONCERT OF MASSIMO RANIERI ! I KNEW HIM FROM YOUTUBE AND BEING A BIG FAN OF SAN REMO FESTIVALS. IT WAS A PURE PLEASURE TO CHERISH !

    1. Judith, Massimo Ranieri is a very good singer and actor and I am very happy that you went to his concert. Did you know his song Twenty Years? Is fantastic.

  3. I like “quanto l’amore diventa poesia” so much… the most when Ignazio sings solo. But it’s great that our boys can meet and sing together with their idols. It’s like joining generations together … music makes the miracles. 🥰
    Kisses Alicja

  4. Massimo made Vent’Anni popular a long time ago, but our guys, Piero and Gianluca gave it new life when they sang it. Gianluca is, in my opinion, the best baritone I have ever heard. A fantastic version of Vent’Anni.

  5. Thank you Pitterpat and Daniela for these videos. It is lovely to see the great affection they have for each other and how sweet that Gianluca had kept his picture with Massimo on his phone! I enjoyed watching the video of Mr. Ranieri singing Vent’Anni when he was nineteen. I had seen the video of Piero and Gianluca singing Vent’Anni a few years ago. It is a beautiful song! This is one of many songs I would love for Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca to record on a CD.

    1. Margaret, there are many of us who want to record a CD, with all the beautiful songs they sang in their concerts and that we don’t find on any of their CDs. It would be really very nice.

  6. I saw a few of his concerts on RaiItalia. He sings very nice and is a very good entertainer. I enjoyed his dancing too. He seemed to have endless energy!!!!

  7. Yes, Ineke, Massimo Ranieri is very good at everything, he sings very well, he is a good actor and he is also a director, besides he has always been a polite and kind person with everyone.

  8. I love that you do English translations, without them i would be missing a lot of good information about Il Volo. Thank you, very much!

    1. Mark, although I have heard Massimo Ranieri many times, during my youth, when I heard Gianluca and Piero, I was struck by their interpretation. Well done !!

  9. tt is nice to know about other Italian artists in Italy & Massimo does have a good voice blending with the boys. Love your posts Daniela your tops as usual. Gianluca is so caring making Massimo feel special keeping his earlier picture.

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