Riccardo Cocciante

Riccardo Cocciante (Italian: [rikˈkardo kotˈtʃante]; born 20 February 1946), also known in French-speaking countries and the U.S. as Richard Cocciante (French: [ʁiʃaʁ kɔʃjɑ̃t]), is a French-Italian singer, composer, theatre man and musician.

Riccardo Cocciante
Riccardo Cocciante 1975.jpg
Riccardo Cocciante in 1975
Background information
Born (1946-02-20) 20 February 1946 (age 74)
Saigon, French Indochina (now Vietnam)
Occupation(s)singer, composer
Years active1968–present
LabelsRCA Talent, Delta, RCA Italiana, Virgin Dischi, 20th Century
Riccardo Cocciante
Riccardo Cocciante
Occupationsinger, songwriter
Height1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)

Personal lifeEdit

Cocciante was born on 20 February 1946 in Saigon, French Indochina, now Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to an Italian father from Rocca di Mezzo (provincia dell'Aquila) and a French mother. At the age of 11, he moved to Rome, Italy, where he attended the Lycée français Chateaubriand. He has also lived in France, the United States, and Ireland.


Cocciante began achieving success as a musician around 1972. In 1976, he covered the Beatles song "Michelle" for the musical documentary All This and World War II. That same year, he released his sole English album in the US, with the single "When Love Has Gone Away" peaking at No. 41 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1]

In 1991, he won the Sanremo Festival with the song "Se stiamo insieme", and for Christmas 1997, his friend Plácido Domingo invited him to sing at Domingo's annual Christmas in Vienna concert, together with Sarah Brightman and Helmut Lotti.

In 1996, he was chosen as the singer for the Italian versions of the songs in the Toy Story movie, singing "Un Amico in me", "Che Strane Cose" and "Io non-volerò più".

As of 2008, Cocciante has three musicals running, with Notre-Dame de Paris being the most known.

His oeuvre includes recordings in Italian, French, English, and Spanish; he has recorded some of his songs in all four languages, including "Pour Elle" recorded as "Per Lei" in Italian, "Por Ella" in Spanish, and "I'd Fly" in English.


  • Mu (1972)
  • Poesia (1973)
  • Anima (1974)
  • L'alba (1975)
  • Richard Cocciante [English version of Anima] (1976)
  • Concerto per Margherita (1976)
  • Riccardo Cocciante (1978)
  • ...E io canto (1979)
  • Cervo a primavera (1980)
  • Q Concert (1981)
  • Cocciante (1982)
  • Sincerità (1983)
  • Il mare dei papaveri (1985)
  • Quando si vuole bene (1986)
  • La grande avventura (1988)
  • Viva! (1988)
  • Cocciante (also known as Se stiamo insieme; 1991)
  • Eventi e mutamenti (1993)
  • Il mio nome è Riccardo (1994)
  • Un Uomo Felice (1994)
  • Je Chante (1995)
  • Innamorato (1997)
  • Istantanea (1998)
  • Notre-dame de Paris live Arena di Verona (2002)
  • Songs (2005)



  • Asinari, Pierguido. Riccardo Cocciante. 1971–2007. Dalla forma canzone al melodramma. Rome: 2007.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
with "Uomini soli"
Sanremo Music Festival

Succeeded by
Luca Barbarossa
with "Portami a ballare"