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Gianni Nazzaro, one of the most popular Italian singers in Argentina, died

The Italian singer, a native of Naples, Gianni Nazzaro died in Rome at the age of 72, victim of lung cancer that affected him for several years, but kept a secret until the last days. He participated in traditional festivals in his native Italy and forged a strong bond with the Argentine public.

In 1978, the album “The Greatest Hits Of Gianni Nazzaro in Spanish” was published, which compiled hits such as “Ah! How beautiful it is ”, (“How beautiful is the law” in the original).

“I don’t want to fall in love anymore”, “More than tonight tonight” and “My way”, they also came in the long play of the Italian singer who enjoyed great popularity in a golden age of Italian music both on the peninsula and in other parts of the world.

At that time he could be seen on television programs in Argentina and in various theaters in the City of Buenos Aires.

His last concert in Argentina was in 2015 at the Broadway Theater, sharing the stage with Silvana Di Lorenzo in the show “Canta Italia”.

Gianni Nazzaro and Silvana Di Lorenzo present “Canta Italia en Argentina” in 2015. Photo: NESTOR GARCIA

Gianni was born in Naples on October 27, 1948, and when he was just a teenager he made his first weapons in music under the pseudonym of Buddy. By then, he stood out in the imitations of the most famous voices of Italian and English song.

It was in the mid-1960s that the repertoire of names like Gianni Morandi, Joe Cocker or Adriano Celentano. In 1968, his name was already better known after having participated in radio and television with his song “Only U.S”.

Simultaneously, he began a race for the most recognized festivals of the song. It started in Naples, where in 1970 he won the top prize thanks to “Me ammore chiamme”, while his name was already a fixture on radio and television.

Gianni Nazzaro died this Thursday at the age of 72.  Photo: AFP

Gianni Nazzaro died this Thursday at the age of 72. Photo: AFP

He came to present his successes in the prestigious San Remo Festival, where in 1983 he received a standing ovation with “Mi sono innamorato di mia moglie”.

His artistic restlessness also led him to try acting, where his seductive side exploded.

Gianni Nazzaro on one of his visits to Buenos Aires.

Gianni Nazzaro on one of his visits to Buenos Aires.

In 2016 he left the scene after suffering a car accident in which he suffered severe injuries and lost a kidney.

Gianni lived his great love story with Nada Ovcina, mother of two of his four children. He was estranged for a long time, until they reconciled after the accident suffered in 2016 and remarried in a ceremony at three in the morning in a hospital room. In addition, Gianni had two other children as a result of his relationship with Catherine Frank.



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