Claudio Baglioni – Roma – 12 giugno 2021
Claudio Baglioni (Italian pronunciation: [ˈklaudjo baʎˈʎoːni]; born 16 May 1951) is an Italian pop singer-songwriter and musician. His career spans several decades. His melodic and highly dramatic love ballads, especially from the 1970s (such as "Questo piccolo grande amore", "E tu...", "Amore bello", "Sabato pomeriggio", "E tu come stai") are part of Italy's musical and national subculture.
His works include the official Anthem for the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin.
His musical career began in 1965 when he entered a competition for new talents in the Rome district of Centocelle. Between 1965 and 1968, he composed a musical suite to Edgar Allan Poe's poem "Annabel Lee", made a test recording for RCA, and released his first album Claudio Baglioni. In 1970, he entered the Disco per l'estate competition with the song "Una favola blu" and the Festivalbar competition with "Signora Lia".
He achieved more significant success following the release of his second album Un cantastorie dei giorni nostri in 1972, with the song Questo piccolo grande amore. On 4 August 1973, he married Paola Massari. He produced E tu in Paris in 1974 in collaboration with Vangelis and Sabato pomeriggio in 1975 with arrangements by Luis Enriquez Bacalov. In 1977 he released Solo and began a tour of the United States and Canada. 1978 was the year of E tu come stai?, released by his new record company CBS.
In 1981 he produced the hugely successful album Strada facendo and gave a series of concerts. In 1982, he composed "Avrai", a song dedicated to his newborn son Giovanni, and set off for the Alé-oó tour, which spawned an album of the same name. In 1985 he produced La vita è adesso and the following year set off for the Assolo tour, a three-hour tour-de-force of vocals, guitar and piano. After two years of work, he released Oltre, an album which included the participation of numerous names from the international music world, such as Paco De Lucia, Pino Daniele, Mia Martini, Youssou N'Dour, Phil Palmer, Tony Levin and others.
From then until 1994, he went on a series of tours around Italy. In 1995, he produced Io sono qui, followed by the Tour Rosso in . In the summer of 1998, his dream of holding concerts in Italy's main stadiums came true. In 1999, he released the album Viaggiatore sulla coda del tempo. In 2003, Baglioni released a new album, Sono io, l'uomo della storia accanto, and won the Lunezia Prize. Crescendo e cercando and Tutti qui – Collezione dal 1967 al 2005 followed two years later. In 2006, he released the album Quelli degli altri: Tutti qui, under the Columbia Records label.
In 2009, Baglioni worked on a movie called Questo piccolo grande amore based on themes from his songs. The double-disc soundtrack album Q.P.G.A features full-length versions performed together with other musicians like Andrea Bocelli, Laura Pausini and Irene Grandi. Baglioni also wrote a novella. In Italy, the album went triple platinum with more than 180,000 copies sold. In 2010, Baglioni went on a series of tours around the world. After that, he released a new album, Per il mondo. World Tour 2010.
In October 2013, ten years after his album Sono io, he released his new album Con voi. In 2015, he worked with Gianni Morandi on his "Capitani Coraggiosi Tour". In 2018 and 2019 was the art director and the presenter of Sanremo Music Festival.