Lucio Dalla was born in Bolgna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy on March 4, 1943. He was considered one of the best Italian songwriters as well as a very talented instrumentalist, he began his career in the 1960s playing the clarinet in some jazz music groups and with famous names such as Bud Powell, Charles Mingus, Eric Dolphy and Chet Baker. After reaching a national reputation, he was the author of songs that became known all over the world (first of all the others "Caruso") and a source of inspiration for great performers such as Julio Iglesias, Andrea Bocelli and Luciano Pavarotti. During his multi-year career, he recorded hundreds of songs including albums, CDs and 45 rpm, and sold over 100 million records worldwide. He received several honors, including the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic and an "Honoris Causa" degree in Philosophy from the University of Bologna (1999). Dalla appeared in 30 films during his life including two Spaghetti westerns: “A Fistful of Songs” in 1966 as ‘The Italian’ and “Little Rita of the West” (1967) as Francis/Fritz Frankfurter/Fitzgerald Scott. Lucio Dalla died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of sixty-eight on March 1, 2012, in Certosa di Bologna, Bologna, Italy.
DALLA, Lucio [3/4/1943, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy – 3/1/2012, Certosa di Bologna, Bologna, Italy (heart attack)] – singer, musician, songwriter, film actor, awarded Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic , awarded Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic .
A Fistful of Songs – 1966 (‘The Italian’)
Little Rita of the West – 1967 (Francis/Fritz Frankfurter/Fitzgerald Scott)