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David Riondino
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Background information
Birth name Danod Riondino
Born (1952-06-10) 10 June 1952 (age 66)
Origin Florence, Italy
Occupation(s) Guitarist, singer, writer
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1974–present

David Riondino (born 10 June 1952) is an Italian actor, singer-songwriter, comedian, writer, playwright, screenwriter, director and composer.


Life and careerEdit

Born in Florence, the son of a teacher, Riondino started his career in the mid-1970s as a member of the musical ensamble Collettivo Victor Jara.[1][2] In 1979 he made his solo debut with the album David Riondino, and the same year he was the opening act in a series of concerts by Fabrizio De André and Premiata Forneria Marconi.[1][2] In 1980, following his second album, Boulevard, with arrangements by Shel Shapiro, he focused on his live activity, where he mixed improvisation, music and cabaret.[1]

Starting from the second half of the 1980s Riondino enjoyed a large success thanks to the semi-regular participation to the Canale 5 show Maurizio Costanzo Show, where he used to improvise surreal songs imitating the style of the Brazilian singer-songwriters.[1][2][3] In 1987 he released his third album Tango dei miracoli , whose booklet was illustrated by Milo Manara.[1]

Riondino's variagated career includes films, TV-series, comedy plays as well as novels, poems and several collaborations with newspapers and magazines as a humorist and a semi-serious columnist.[1][2][3]



  • 1979 – David Riondino (Ultima Spiaggia, ZPLS 34061)
  • 1980 – Boulevard (RCA Italiana, PL 31547)
  • 1987 – Tango dei miracoli (L'ALTernativa, ALT 003)
  • 1989 – Racconti picareschi (CGD, CGD 20932)
  • 1991 – Non svegliate l'amore (CGD, CGD 9031 74383-1)
  • 1994 – Temporale (CGD, CGD 4509 96185-2)
  • 1995 – Quando vengono le ballerine? (Rossodisera Records-Sony, RDS 480351)


  • Rombi e milonghe. João Mesquinho e altre canzoni. Feltrinelli, 1993. ISBN 88-07-81231-2.
  • Viaggio a Cuba, with Valerio Peretti Cucchi. Zelig, 1997. ISBN 88-86471-49-1.
  • Epos 92–97. L'Italia in terzine da Tangentopoli all'Ulivo, Grugliasco, Edizioni Arti grafiche San Rocco, 1998. ISBN 88-900156-1-6.
  • Rumba. Itinerari cubani al ritmo della capitale, con Roberto Perini, Milano, Lizard, 1999. ISBN 88-86456-70-0.
  • Dante Inferno, with Sandro Lombardi, con CD, Milano, Garzanti, 2002. ISBN 88-11-12007-1.
  • Cantata dei pastori immobili. Racconto di un presepe vivente, illustrations by Sergio Staino. Donzelli, 2004. ISBN 88-7989-900-7.
  • John Martin. Il trombettiere di Apricale. Da Garibaldi a Custer, with Claudio Nobbio. Fratelli Frilli, 2007. ISBN 978-88-7563-312-7.
  • Firenze. Effequ, 2013. ISBN 978-88-89647-85-1.


  1. ^ a b c d e f Andrea Terrinoni. "David Riondino". Gino Castaldo (edited by). Dizionario della canzone italiana. Curcio Editore, 1990. pp. 1470–1.
  2. ^ a b c d Enrico Deregibus. Dizionario completo della Canzone Italiana. Giunti Editore, 2010. pp. 397–8. ISBN 8809756258. 
  3. ^ a b Eddy Anselmi. Festival di Sanremo: almanacco illustrato della canzone italiana. Panini Comics, 2009. p. 873. ISBN 8863462291. 

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