Enzo Jannacci

Enzo Jannacci

born on 3/6/1935 in Milano, Lombardia, Italy

died on 29/3/2013 in Milano, Lombardia, Italy

Enzo Jannacci

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Enzo Jannacci

Vincenzo Jannacci (b. June 3, 1935 in Milan), more commonly known as Enzo Jannacci (Italian pronunciation: [vintentso] or [entso jannatti]), is an Italian singer-songwriter, actor and stand-up comedian. He is regarded as one of the most important artists in the post-war Italian music scene.[1]

Jannacci is widely considered as a master of musical art and cabaret, and in the course of his career has collaborated with many famous Italian musicians, performing artists, journalists, television personalities and comedians. He has written around thirty albums and soundtracks, some of which have since come to be seen as milestones in the history of Italian popular music.[2] In the second half of the 1990s he was considered to be finished as an artist, but in recent years he has managed to appeal to a new audience and has won awards and recognition for his latest recorded works.

He is also regarded as one of the founders of Italian rock and roll music, along with Adriano Celentano, Luigi Tenco and Giorgio Gaber, with whom he collaborated for over forty years.[3]

Personal life

Enzo Jannacci was born in Milan on June 3, 1935. On his father's side his family is from Puglia: his grandfather, also called Vincenzo, moved to Milan from Bari just before the onset of the First World War. His mother's side of the family is from Lombardy.

His father was an aeronautical official and worked at Forlanini airport (now more commonly known as Linate). He took part in the Italian resistance movement, in particular during the defense of Milanese aviation at Piazza Novelli, an act which later inspired songs such as Sei minuti all'alba ("Six Minutes to Dawn").

In 1954, having abandoned his studies at the Alessandro Moreschi Institute, where he met Giorgio Gaber, he graduated with a degree in medicine from the University of Milan. He left Italy for South Africa to specialise in cardiac surgery, where he joined the team of Christiaan Barnard, the famous surgeon. He later moved to the United States. On November 23, 1967 he married Giuliana Orefice, who gave birth to Paolo, their only child, five years later. Today Paolo is a musician and conductor.

On January 1, 2003, the very first day of Jannacci's retirement, his friend Giorgo Gaber died after a long illness at his home near Camaiore. He went to the funeral, which was held two days later at Abbazia di Chiaravalle where Gaber had married Ombretta Colli, but was only able to say that he had lost a brother.


LP and CD records


  • 1964 - La Milano di Enzo Jannacci (Jolly LPJ 5037)
  • 1965 - Enzo Jannacci in teatro (live Jolly LPJ 5043)
  • 1966 - Sei minuti all'alba (Jolly LPJ 5071)
  • 1968 - Vengo anch'io. No, tu no (ARC ALPS 11007)
  • 1968 - Le canzoni di Enzo Jannacci (Dischi Ricordi MRP 9050; collection of single records and unpublished Ricordi and Tavola Rotonda)
  • 1970 - La mia gente (ARC ALPS 11021)
  • 1972 - Giorgio Gaber e Enzo Jannacci (Family single records from 1959 to 1960 with Giorgio Gaber)
  • 1972 - Jannacci Enzo (RCA Italiana, PSL 10539)
  • 1975 - Quelli che... (Ultima Spiaggia, ZLUS 55180)
  • 1976 - O vivere o ridere (Ultima Spiaggia, ZLUS 55189)
  • 1977 - Secondo te...Che gusto c'è? (Ultima Spiaggia, ZPLS 34027)
  • 1979 - Fotoricordo (Ultima Spiaggia, ZPLS 34075)
  • 1980 - Ci vuole orecchio (Dischi Ricordi SMRL 6266)
  • 1980 - Nuove registrazioni (Dischi Ricordi-Orizzonte ORL 8430)
  • 1981 - E allora...Concerto (Dischi Ricordi SMRL 6282)
  • 1983 - Discogreve (Dischi Ricordi SMRL 6302)
  • 1983 - Ja-Ga Brothers (CGD with Giorgio Gaber)
  • 1985 - L'importante (DDD)
  • 1987 - Parlare con i limoni (DDD)
  • 1989 - Se me lo dicevi prima e altri successi (collection with unpublished too, DDD)
  • 1989 - 30 anni senza andare fuori tempo (collection: live, DDD)
  • 1991 - Guarda la fotografia (DDD)
  • 1994 - I soliti accordi (DDD)
  • 1998 - Quando un musicista ride (collection with unpublished too)
  • 2001 - Come gli aeroplani
  • 2003 - L'uomo a metà
  • 2005 - Milano 3.6.2005 (collection)
  • 2006 - The Best 2006 (collection with unpublished too)


  • Mina quasi Jannacci (1977, with Mina)
  • Milva la rossa (1980, with Milva)
  • Banana à milanesa (2008, with Selton)


  • L'Armando/La forza dell'amore (May 4, 1964)
  • Sfiorisci bel fiore/Non è vero (April 30, 1965)
  • Veronica/Soldato Nencini (May 17, 1965)
  • Per un basin/Ninna nanna per un bambino (February 9, 1966)
  • Ho visto un re/Bobo Merenda (1968)
  • Il terzino d'Olanda/Gli zingari (1969)
  • Mexico e nuvole/Pensare che... (1970)
  • Brutta gente/Il panettiere (1974)
  • Vincenzina e la fabbrica/Vincenzina e la fabbrica (strumentale) (1974)
  • El me indiriss/Quelli che... (1975)
  • Linea bianca/Moviola (September 9, 1983)
  • Mi-mi-la-lan!/La bambina lupo (1984)
  • Se me lo dicevi prima/Vita e bottoni (march 1989)


  • With Claudio Baglioni: Canzone intelligente, E la vita la vita (in Anime in gioco by Claudio Baglioni, 1997), La forza dell'amore and Vincenzina e la fabbrica
  • With Adriano Celentano: Ho visto un re
  • With Paolo Conte: Bartali
  • With Dario Fo (from 1964 to 1980 he contributed to about forty songs of Dario Fo): Ho visto un re
  • With Giorgio Gaber (whom he made two albums above mentioned with): Canzone intelligente, Ho visto un re, La strana famiglia and Una fetta di limone
  • With Irene Grandi: Bum bum and Ragazzo padre
  • With Ligabue: Ci vuole orecchio
  • With Mia Martini: Io e te
  • With Renato Pozzetto: Canzone intelligente, E la vita la vita and Ho visto un re
  • With Paolo Rossi: Ho visto un re and I soliti accordi
  • With Enrico Ruggeri: Ci vuole orecchio
  • With Roberto Vecchioni: Luci a San Siro and Veronica
  • With Francesco De Gregori: Sfiorisci bel fiore
  • With Fabrizio De Andrè : Via del campo

The Italian artist who collaborated with Enzo Jannacci are really a lot. just few of them: his son Paolo, Beppe Viola, Cochi e Renato, Bruno Lauzi, Loredana Berté, Lino Toffolo, Umberto Bindi, Giorgio Strehler, Sandro Ciotti, Lina Wertmuller, Massimo Boldi and Pino Donaggio.


  • Romanzo popolare (directed by Mario Monicelli, 1974)
  • Pasqualino settebellezze (directed by Lina Wertmuller, 1975) - Nomination to the Oscar trophy
  • L'Italia s'è rotta (directed by Steno, 1976)
  • Gran bollito (directed by Mauro Bolognini, 1977)
  • Saxofone (directed by Renato Pozzetto, 1978)
  • Piccoli equivoci (directed by Ricky Tognazzi, 1988)


  1. Enzo Jannacci's Biography
  2. The Story of Enzo Jannacci
  3. Enzo Jannacci and Giorgio Gaber collaboration
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