Franca Raimondi

Franca Raimondi (8 July 1932 – 28 August 1988) was an Italian singer.

Franca Raimondi
Raimondi at the Sanremo Music Festival 1956
Background information
Born(1932-07-08)8 July 1932
Monopoli, Bari, Italy
Died28 August 1988(1988-08-28) (aged 56)
Monopoli, Bari, Italy

Born in Monopoli, Province of Bari, Apulia, Raimondi studied operatic singing and foreign languages.[1] In 1956, Raimondi was among the winners of a RAI contest of new voices and got the chance to perform at the 1956 edition of the Sanremo Music Festival, which she eventually won with the song "Aprite le finestre".[1] That same year she represented Italy in the first Eurovision Song Contest with the same song,[1] alongside Tonina Torrielli with "Amami se vuoi".

Between 1956 and 1958 Raimondi was leading vocalist in the Gian Stellari Orchestra.[1] In 1960 she entered the competition at the Festival di Napoli with "Canzone all'antica" ("Old-style song").[1] In the later years she slowed her activities, focusing her career on live performances.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f Eddy Anselmi (2009). "Franca Raimondi". Festival di Sanremo: almanacco illustrato della canzone italiana (in Italian). Panini Comics. ISBN 8863462291.

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Preceded by
Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest
1956 (with Tonina Torrielli)
Succeeded by