Label: RCA - PD 75351 • Series: All The Best • Format: CD Album, Compilation • Country: Italy • Genre: Rock, Pop • Style: Acoustic, Pop Rock, Ballad, Vocal
He is popularly known as "Il Principe dei cantautori" "The Prince of the singer-songwriters"a nickname referring to the elegance of his lyrics. He is often referred as singer-songwriter and poetalthough he prefers to be identified simply as "artist". De Gregori was born in Rome to a middle-class family, to Giorgio and Rita Grechi, and he and spent some of his youth in Pescara before returning to the capital.
His elder brother, Luigi, was a musician and had a personal career with the name of Luigi Grechi the mother's surnamechosen later in order to avoid confusion with the more famous Francesco. Later De Gregori formed a band with his friends Antonello VendittiMimmo Locasciulli and Giorgio Lo Casciowho all had success as singer-songwriters in the following years. De Gregori made his debut as a professional singer in with Theorius Campusin collaboration with Venditti.
The LP included the early masterpiece "Signora Aquilone" "Kite Lady"but Venditti had more songs and, having a better voice, earned better consideration by the label. The duo subsequently broke up. De Gregori's next album, Alice non lo sawas a commercial failure. However, the title-track, the mysterious "Alice", scored some success in several popular music shows and is still included amongst his best works today.
The album Francesco De Gregori also known as the "Sheep" due to the unusual cover by Gordon Fagetter showed even more experimental and sometimes obscure lyrics, and again was a failure. This work contained several of his most famous songs: this time De Gregori's talent for unusual and poetic lyrics intermingled in a more mature way with the music. Lucio Dalla provided musical ideas for "Pablo", the unusual story of a Spanish immigrant in Switzerland. Bufalo Bill confirmed De Gregori's qualities, and contained at least two classics: the eponymous song and "Santa Lucia", the singer's own favourite.
However, during a concert held in Milan inDe Gregori, who had always declared his inclination to left-wing ideas and ideals, was fiercely contested by a group of extreme left agitators. In a mock "trial", they accused him of using a left-wing message solely to sell records and insisted that music should be free.
De Gregori was at risk of injury in the fray, Generale - Francesco De Gregori - Francesco De Gregori decided to quit his musical career. During the following two years he therefore worked as a bookstore and music shop clerk. The episode, known as the " Palalido incident", influenced several works by other Italian singer-songwriters, such as Roberto Vecchioni 's " Vaudeville ". The " Palalido incident" was one of a number of such incidents. Inhowever, he returned with another inspired album, De Gregoricontaining one of his most famous songs, "Generale".
He declared that he felt this song much too important for him to continue staying away from the music world. The following year he joined his old friend Lucio Dalla with a highly successful live tour, entitled Banana Republicand published a studio LP, Viva l'Italia featuring American musicians. The title track was later adopted as the Italian Socialist Party song, but De Gregori always opposed this choice. After a pause of several years, De Gregori returned with the album Titanicthe first part of which was like a concept album devoted to the famous episode of the sinking of the eponymous liner.
The freshness of the music and lyrics made this an outstanding commercial success, as well as earning the praise of critics. Titanic has been recently declared the best Italian LP of the periodin a poll conducted for the authoritative Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera.
The album Scacchi e tarocchi "Chess and Tarots"was not as successful, but contained another classic, "La Storia" "History". De Gregori's new melancholic inspiration was confirmed by the subsequent Terra di nessuno "No man's Land".
On the other hand, Miramare showed a more bitter mood, but again was not as successful as his albums of the s and early s. De Gregori recovered his bestseller status in with Canzoni d'amore "Love Songs".
In the s he released fewer studio albums than collections and live albums. His next original work was Prendere e lasciare "Take and Leave", : from Generale - Francesco De Gregori - Francesco De Gregori point his song and his musical performance were marked by an increasing Bob Dylan influence.
Il bandito e il campione of was a live collection that had remarkable success: the title track, its only studio song, was sung by De Gregori but the lyrics were by his brother Luigi Grechi. The title track of La valigia dell'attore "The Actor's Suitcase", showed De Gregori at the best of his poetical and emotional capabilities again. The rest of the album, however, contained old pieces, plus What Youre Doing - Rush - Sector One (File) Dylan covers.
In De Gregori released his next studio album, Amore nel pomeriggio "Love in the Afternoon" which is unanimously included amongst his best works.
Il fischio del vapore "The Whistle of the Steam", was a collaboration with the folksinger Giovanna Mariniwho had already worked with De Gregori in a song for Titanic. The album is a collection of old popular and social Italian songs from the 19th and the early 20th centuries. InDe Gregori won the Targa Tenco for the best Italian album of Generale - Francesco De Gregori - Francesco De Gregori year with Pezzian album with strong rock elements.
In Februaryonly eleven months after the release of PezziDe Gregori released a new studio album, Calypsoswith nine previously unreleased tracks. Amongst these was "Cardiologia" "Cardiology"a song where the Roman singer-songwriter returns to using the words "Ti amo" "I love you"more than thirty years after Generale - Francesco De Gregori - Francesco De Gregori di Vetro" Side Of The Road - The Highway Men - Live texas Radio, and the song "Per le Fools Overture - Supertramp - Live di Roma" "By the Streets of Rome"which outlines a merciless picture of the Rome of the third millennium, archetypical of the Italy of today.
In November a triple CD Tra un manifesto e lo specchio that collected together his most representative tracks was released. As well as the celebrated track "Diamante" "Diamond"this contained pieces written for Zucchero and included on his album Oro incenso e birra "Gold, Incense and Beer"a demo of "Mannaggia alla musica" "Damn to the Music" fromoriginally written for Ron and previously presented on the live album Bootlegand the B-side of the single "Viva l'Italia" "Long Live Italy"the celebrated "Banana Republic"sung without Lucio Dalla.
The concert, which becomes sold out in advance, opens another series of concerts that are announced on the occasion of the date of Nonantola, and that will be held in May in Milan and Generale - Francesco De Gregori - Francesco De Gregori during the evening the two presented, in addition to known songs, a new song called "Non basta saper cantare" and announce also the release of their new album called "Work in Music (Intro) - Charles Hamilton - The Pink Lavalamp. On 22 MarchDalla and De Gregori lead the new TV show on Boy (Go) - The Golden Palominos - Visions Of Excess 2entitled Due, during which they perform individually and in duets, covers and songs from their repertoires.
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