Franco Zauli was born on December 23, 1923 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. Encouraged by his family, at the age of six he began to play the piano, later graduating from the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia in Rome, despite his classical training, in the 1940s he began his career as a pianist as an accompanist, working among others with Wanda Osiris and Erminio Macario. At the end of the decade he began playing in several jazz groups, several varying activities will continue in the following decades .
In 1952 he enrolled in the SIAE and began to compose songs, some very successful as it is A Roma è sempre primavera (with lyrics by Pino Cassia, which won the Festival of Velletri in 1958) Se vuoi andare vai o Suspiranno nu nomme; over the years Franco composed the music for over three thousand songs and scores for films (including the Euro-western “Alleluia and Sartana Sons of God” (1972)), however, he also continued the work as a pianist, accompanying Bruno Venturini among others.
Zauli worked as a music consultant for several record labels, including SMR, Belldisc, Associate Producers, Kansas and other the various labels of the group Saar .
In the 1980s he assumed important roles in the management bodies of SIAE. He continued to work with the same passion as always until a few days before he was sticken by a sudden illness. He died of a heart attack on May 28, 2006 in Rome.
Today we remember Franco Zauli on what would have been his 90th birthday.