Ornella Vanoni

Ornella Vanoni OMRI (Italian pronunciation: [orˈnɛlla vaˈnoːni]; born 22 September 1934) is an Italian singer and actress. She is one of the longest-standing Italian artists, having started performing in 1956. She has released about 112 works between LP, EPs and greatest hits albums, and is considered one of most popular interpreters of Italian pop music. During her long career she has sold over 65 million records.[1]

Ornella Vanoni
Vanoni in the 1960s
Vanoni in the 1960s
Background information
Birth nameOrnella Vanoni
Born (1934-09-22) 22 September 1934 (age 88)
OriginMilan, Italy
  • Singer
  • actress
Years active1960–present

Artistic careerEdit

Vanoni started her artistic career in 1960 as a theatre actress. She mostly performed in Bertolt Brecht works, under the direction of Giorgio Strehler at his Piccolo Teatro in Milan. At the same time, she started a music career. The folklore and popular songs she explored in her early records, especially the ones about the criminal underworld in Milan, resulted in her receiving the nickname cantante della mala ("Underworld Singer").[2]

Vanoni scored two major hits in 1963 with "Senza Fine" and "Che cosa c'è", both written for her by Gino Paoli. In 1964 she won the Festival of Neapolitan song with "Tu si na cosa grande". In the following years, she took part in a series of Festivals of Italian song in San Remo with the songs "Abbracciami forte" (1965), "Io ti darò di più" (1966), "La musica è finita" (1967), "Casa Bianca" (1968), and "Eternità" (1970). "Casa Bianca", which finished second in 1968, was the subject of a copyright dispute between the composer of the song, Don Backy, and the Clan Celentano label.[citation needed]

In the late 1960s, Vanoni recorded "Una ragione di più", "Un'ora sola ti vorrei", "L'appuntamento" (a cover of the Brazilian song "Sentado à Beira do Caminho" by Erasmo Carlos and Roberto Carlos)[3] and "Non Dirmi Niente", a cover of Burt Bacharach's "Don't Make Me Over". In 1972 she sang "Quei giorni insieme a te", the theme from Lucio Fulci's critically acclaimed mystery thriller film Don't Torture a Duckling.[citation needed]

In 1976, Vanoni collaborated with Vinicius de Moraes and Toquinho on the song "La voglia, la pazzia, l'incoscienza e l'allegria". During the 1980s, she released "Ricetta di donna", "Uomini", and "Ti lascio una canzone" (with Gino Paoli). In 1989, she returned to the Sanremo Music Festival with the song "Io come farò". In 1999, she recorded "Alberi", a duet with Enzo Gragnaniello. In 2004 she released an album of duets with Paoli to celebrate her 70th birthday.[4]

In addition to her music career, Ornella Vanoni was active in other creative fields, starring in stage and TV shows, movies. In January 1977 she posed nude for the Italian edition of Playboy magazine. The inclusion of her song "L'Appuntamento" (1970) in the soundtrack of Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's Twelve in 2004 sparked a worldwide renewal of interest in her music.[5]