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Fausto Leali (born 29 October 1944, Nuvolento, Brescia, Italy) is an Italian pop singer.

Fausto Leali
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Fausto Leali in 2006
Background information
Born (1944-10-29) 29 October 1944 (age 75)
OriginNuvolento (Brescia), Lombardy, Italy
GenresPop; soul; blues
Occupation(s)Singer; songwriter
Years active1960–present
LabelsMusic; Jolly; Ri-Fi; Philips Records; CBS; CGD; Itaca; Dischi Ricordi
Websitefaustoleali.com

Early lifeEdit

Leali began his musical career as a singer in several bands in his native Brescia. His first guitar teacher was Tullio Romano, of the band Los Marcellos Ferial.

CareerEdit

He released his first single in 1962 as 'Fausto Denis', for the magazine Nuova Enigmistica Tascabile.[1] Then, he joined a group from Alessandria, the Novelty,[2] which had already released an EP in 1961. With the group he managed to obtain a recording contract with the Music record label,[3] and began to release singles, including two covers of Beatles songs, "Please Please Me" and "Lei ti ama" ("She Loves You").[4] Leali’s big opportunity came in 1966 when A&R executive Ezio Leoni moved from Music record label to Ri-Fi, bringing Leali and the band Novelty with him.

Leali's first success was "A chi" ("To whom"), in 1967, an Italian version of a 1954 American song "Hurt", written by Roy Hamilton, also a track released years later by singer-songwriter Francesco De Gregori.[5] "A chi" sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.[6] In the same year, Leali took part for the first time in the television festival Un disco per l'estate, with the song "Senza di te" ("Without you"), but did not progress beyond the first round.[7]

In 1969, 1971, and 1974, he appeared again in Un disco per l'estate with the songs "Tu non meritavi una canzone" ("You did not deserve a song"), "Si chiama Maria" ("Her name is Maria"), and "Solo lei" ("Only you"). He returned to the hit parade in 1976 with the single "Io camminero" ("I will go"), which reached the top of charts,[8] and in 1980 with a performance of Totò's song "Malafemmena" ("Bad woman" in Napolitan).

In the late 1980s, he made several appearances at the Sanremo festival; in 1987, with "Io amo" ("I love"), that came in 4th;[9] in 1988, with "Mi manchi" ("I miss you") at 5th;[10] and in 1989, in the duet with Anna Oxa "Ti lascerò" ("I'll leave you") that won 1st place.[11]

The same year, Oxa and Leali represented Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest with "Avrei voluto" ("I wanted to").[12] The song was voted in the 9th place. Leali returned to Sanremo in 2002, with "Ora che ho bisogno di te" ("Now that I need you"), a duet with Luisa Corna,[13] and the next year with "Eri tu" ("It was you"), which eventually went platinum.[4][14]

After taking part in 2006 in the Rai Due reality show, Music Farm, where he reached the finals,[15] Leali released a new album, Profumo e Kerosene (Perfume and Kerosene), with ten new songs, all in a new for him musical style.

Due to his naturally hoarse singing style, Leali was nicknamed by the Italian media Il negro bianco, "the white negro",[16][17][18][19] also the title of his 1968 album.

Personal lifeEdit

Ιn 1968, Leali married the singer Milena Cantù, who was with the record company founded by Adriano Celentano.[3] They had a daughter, Deborah, so named after the success of the eponymous song of that year's Festival di Sanremo, sung at the competition in a duet with Wilson Pickett (it came in fourth place).

Selected discographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

  • 1964 Fausto Leali
  • 1966 Fausto Leali e i suoi Novelty
  • 1968 Il negro bianco
  • 1976 Io camminerò
  • 1977 Leapoli
  • 1981 Un attimo di blu
  • 1992 Saremo promossi
  • 1994 Anima nuda
  • 2002 Secondo me ... io ti amo
  • 2006 Profumo e Kerosene
  • 2016 Non sono Leali

SinglesEdit

  • 1961 "Il mondo di Suzie Wong" / "Veleno dolce"
  • 1961 "I magnifici sette" / "Madonnina delle due strade"
  • 1961 "Lei" / "Non sono più la tua ragazza"
  • 1961 "Amarti così" / "Lo squilibrato"
  • 1963 "Please please me" / "5 giorni"
  • 1963 "Follie d'estate" / "Non voglio più piangere"
  • 1964 "La campagna in città" / "Ho perduto"
  • 1964 "Lei ti ama" / "Danza senza nome"
  • 1964 "Allora non era amore" / "Baby Jane"
  • 1965 "Raccontalo ad un altro" / "Un bacio in più"
  • 1965 "Sha La La" / "Sorriderai"
  • 1966 "È solo un gioco" / "Per un momento ho perso te"
  • 1966 "Mamma perdonami" / "E non lo scorderai"
  • 1967 "A chi" / "Se qualcuno cercasse di te"
  • 1967 "Senza di te" / "Oscurità"
  • 1967 "Senza luce" ("A whiter shade of pale") / "Per un momento ho perso te"
  • 1968 "Deborah" / "Non importa se"
  • 1968 "Angeli negri" / "Potrai fidarti di me"
  • 1968 "È colpa sua" / "Chiudo gli occhi e conto a sei"
  • 1969 "Un'ora fa" / "Non l'hai capito"
  • 1969 "Tu non meritavi una canzone" / "Sono un uomo che non sa"
  • 1969 "Portami con te" / "Sei stata troppo tempo in copertina"
  • 1970 "Hippy" / "Una voce amica"
  • 1970 "Ave Maria no morro" / "Jasemine"
  • 1971 "Si chiama Maria" / "America"
  • 1971 "Lei" / "Piango per chi"
  • 1972 "L'uomo e il cane" / "La mia primavera"
  • 1972 "Karany karanué" / "Buongiorno professore"
  • 1973 "La bandiera di sole" / "Il vento lo racconterà"
  • 1973 "Samantha" / "Buongiorno professoreò"
  • 1973 "Quando me ne andrò" / "Canto per lei"
  • 1974 "Solo lei" / "Non andremo mai in paradiso"
  • 1975 "Amore amaro, amore dolce, amore mio" / "Dum dum la la"
  • 1976 "Io camminerò" / "L'ultima volta"
  • 1977 "Vierno" / "Di sera"
  • 1978 "Tu non mia" / "Soli non si può"
  • 1980 "Musica ti amo" / "A costo di morire"
  • 1981 "Malafemmena" /Il tuo posto"
  • 1981 "Canzone facile" / "Non ti arrendi mai"
  • 1982 "Gente comune" / "Vado col vento"
  • 1983 "Canzone amara" / "Camminando"
  • 1984 "Io, io senza te" / "Allora no"
  • 1986 "Via di qua" (side A with Mina) / "Cosa manca"
  • 1987 "Io amo" / "Notte d'amore" (side B with Loredana Bertè)
  • 1988 "Mi manchi" / "Col tempo"
  • 1989 "Ti lascerò" / "Ti lascerò" (instrumental) (with Anna Oxa)
  • 1989 Avrei voluto" / "Avrei voluto" (instrumental) (with Anna Oxa)
  • 1992 "Perché"
  • 1997 "Non ami che te"
  • 2002 "Ora che ho bisogno di te" (with Luisa Corna)
  • 2003 "Eri tu"
  • 2006 "Nascerà"
  • 2009 "Una piccola parte di te"
  • 2011 "Sono tornato"
  • 2016 "A chi mi dice" (with Mina)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Speciale Festival Artisti". Radio 105 Network.
  2. ^ "Biografia". iMusic.
  3. ^ a b "FAUSTO LEALI". Libero.
  4. ^ a b "Biografia". faustoleali.com. Archived from the original on 2010-01-15. Retrieved 2009-09-17.
  5. ^ "Francesco De Gregori". Rockol.
  6. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 224. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
  7. ^ "Settimana 8 Aprile 1967". hitparadeitalia.it.
  8. ^ "Fausto Leali". sanremostory.it.
  9. ^ "Sanremo 1987 Classifica Sezione Unica/Big/Campioni". festivaldisanremo.com.
  10. ^ "Sanremo 1988 Classifica Sezione Unica/Big/Campioni". festivaldisanremo.com.
  11. ^ "Sanremo 1989 Classifica Sezione Unica/Big/Campioni". festivaldisanremo.com.
  12. ^ "1989". esc-history.com.
  13. ^ "Sanremo 2002 Classifica Sezione Unica/Big/Campioni". festivaldisanremo.com.
  14. ^ "Sanremo 2003 Classifica Sezione Unica/Big/Campioni". festivaldisanremo.com.
  15. ^ "Hit Parade della 7a settimana". musicfarm.rai.it.
  16. ^ "Fausto Leali, il 'negro-bianco' compie 70 anni" ("Fausto Leali, the 'white negro', is 70 years old"), Corriere Brescia, 25 October 2014 (in Italian)
  17. ^ "Auguri a Fausto Leali, il 'Negro Bianco' compie 70 anni" ("Felicitations to Fausto Leali, the 'White Negro' is 70 years old"), ANSA, 25 October 2014 (in Italian)
  18. ^ "Fausto Leali, i 70 anni del Negro Bianco" ("Fausto Leali, the 70 years of the White Negro"), Brescia Oggi, 25 October 2014 (in Italian)
  19. ^ For the use of the term negro in Italian, see here

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