Beniamino ‘Mino’ Reitano was born on December 7, 1944 in San Pietro di Fiumara, Reggio Calabria, Italy. Reitano was born to a poor family in Fiumara, a small village near Reggio Calabria. he studied at the conservatory at Reggio for eight years, learning piano, trumpet, and violin. At a young age, he moved with his brothers to Germany, where the brothers formed a band. After performing at the Castrocaro Music Festival, he was offered a contract with Italian label Dischi Ricordi, and in 1967 he participated for the first time at the Sanremo Festival. His first big hit was 1968's "Avevo un cuore (che ti amava tanto)".
Reitano appeared in only one Euro-western: “Tara Poki” (1971) in the role of Mico Sarrabanda.
Mino died in Agrate, Brianza, Lombardy, Italy aged 64 after a long battle with intestinal cancer.
Today we remember Mino Reitano on what would have been his 70th birthday.