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Giovanni "Tata" Giacobetti (24 June 1922 – 2 December 1988) was an Italian singer. He was part of the vocal quartet Quartetto Cetra.

Tata Giacobetti
Tata Giacobetti and Valeria Fabrizi 1970.jpg
Tata Giacobetti with wife Valeria Fabrizi and daughter Giorgia Giacobetti in Rome
Born24 June 1922 (1922-06-24)
Rome, Italy[1]
Died2 December 1988 (1988-12-03) (aged 66)[1]
Rome, Italy[1]


Giacobetti was a self-taught musician. He sang at the students' parties at the time when he attended scenography classes at the Fine Arts Academy in Rome. In 1940–41 he founded a vocal quartet called Quartetto Egie, that changed line-up and name twice, becoming Quartetto Ritmo first and then Quartetto Cetra.[2]

As part of Quartetto Cetra, Giacobetti's show business career lasted for over forty years. He was singer and actor for radio, stage, TV, cinema and advertising.

Besides singing, he was the group's lyricist, while Virgilio Savona, also a member of the quartet, composed the music. They worked together for four decades and produced hundreds of songs which made up Quartetto Cetra's vast repertoire.

Tata Giacobetti also wrote lyrics for famous Italian composers of that era, such as Gorni Kramer, Giovanni D'Anzi, and Armando Trovajoli.

In 1964 Giacobetti married Valeria Fabrizi, an Italian actress, singer and television personality, they had a daughter Giorgia Giacobetti.[1]


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