Biography of Lucio Battisti

Eternal emotions March 5, 1943
September 9, 1998

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Lucio Battisti, unforgettable singer-songwriter born in Poggio Bustone, hill town in the province of Rieti, on 5 March 1943. As in all things pertaining to Battisti, a man who has always been very jealous of his privacy, disappear for years from the spotlight, little is known of his early childhood: the rare testimonies tell of a quiet child, quite closed and with weight problems.

The family, supplemented by Albarita sister, petty-bourgeois type that goes for more in Italy in those years: mom and dad used to excise taxes. In Poggio Bustone the surname Battisti is widespread, Mother Goddess named maiden also Baptists. In 1947 the family moved to Castel Sant'Angelo tanks around Rieti three years later to Rome; during summer vacation the hometown remains a fixed destination.

This information vacuum, scarcely filled by biographers, comes to the rescue with a statement of the same singer-songwriter, released in December 1970 interview for the magazine "Dream curly hair I had them as a child and so long that thought I was a little girl. I was a kid, I played with quiet nothing, with a pencil, a piece of paper and dreamed. The songs came later. I had a normal childhood, I wanted to be a priest, I served mass when I was four, five years. But once, as I was talking to church with a friend instead of following the function-I've always been a big talker-a priest gave a slap to the head. Perhaps after other elements intervened that they strayed from the Church, but already with this episode I had changed my mind. "

Baptists in the capital attended elementary and high school and graduated as industrial engineer in 1962. Of course has long been cradling the guitar and sings his songs or other, shooting with friends among some locals, although his ambition as time passes it becomes more and more to want to enter the profession. Ravi's father does not agree with his son's artistic choices still purely sketched. It is said that in the many discussions in this regard, Alfiero has even broken in head to Lucio a guitar.

The first experience in a band is as a guitarist in autumn 1962 "the Matadors", group of young Neapolitans. Come the early gains, but not enough; Lucio Battisti soon changes and complex joins "satyrs". In 1964 the complex went to play in Germany and Netherlands: an excellent opportunity to listen to Dylan's music and Animals. The first engagement of Battisti soloist comes when he calls the Club of Rome 84.

The right singer to have a clear head and a good dose of ambition; from that experience gets the distinct feeling that playing in a group doesn't like it and so decided to try his luck alone to Milan, considered at the time a "Mecca" of the song. Here, unlike many of his peers who make ends meet to accept alternative work, doesn't bend to compromise solutions, and barricaded himself for weeks in a suburban Inn, pursues a single goal undistracted: to prepare while waiting for the meeting with an important record.

In 1964 together with Roby Matano composed his first songs, before moving to the first 45 rpm, "Per una lira". The curious fact is that the producers decided not to put his face on the cover because you decided to "appeal". So he resorted to a compromise, showing it in full figure, shoulders, hugged a girl, while the two stood a dime liretta, already at that time very rare.

In 1965 the decisive meeting with Giulio Rapetti, the most famous "lyricists" Italian landscape, under the pseudonym of Mughals. The two are a good form of symbiosis that will last for over fifteen years happily, during which they will write together some milestones of Italian music.

In 1968 with "Balla Linda" Lucio Battisti participates in the Cantagiro; in 1969, paired with Wilson Pickett, presents in Sanremo "an adventure". The decisive statement arrives in the following summer, Festivalbar, with "Acqua azzurra, acqua chiara". But the years of Baptists were undoubtedly the ' 70 and ' 80, opened with two highly successful songs, "La canzone del sole" and "for you", recorded for his new label, which he founded with some friends and Associates, and which bears the name of "number one". From then on success marks an impressive series of masterpieces, all in first place in the rankings. Also perhaps not everyone knows that Battisti was also author for other, Publisher and record label, distributing success for Mina, Patty Pravo, the complex Formula Three and Bruno Lauzi.

But success has not eliminated the intimate and familiar size Lucio Battisti has always favored in his life. Rare and unique characteristic, has maintained contact with the public only through his records and some sporadic interview with print, television and concerts ignoring, retreating into the countryside. To realize better products and your expectations, first established a recording studio staff directly at home and looking for a more modern sound, sought optimal studies in England or the United States.

His albums have always been the result of a long and meticulous job where nothing was left to chance, even the cover. The consequences of this care were the very high costs of many of its products, even if the final product has never betrayed the expectations of those who had either made or concurred in this, nor the intended audience.

On September 9, 1998 Lucio Battisti has turned off, causing huge outcry and emotion in Italy, the country that has always loved and supported despite the long absence from the media spotlight. Hospitalization and illness, before his death, were dominated by the almost absolute silence on the real state of health.

Today, after his death, his house of residence is an unstoppable object of fan or just curious. Given the influx, a specially built scale allows you to observe closely the balcony where the artist as a young man, he played his guitar.

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