born on 23/9/1934 in Monfalcone, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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Gino Paoli (Italian pronunciation: [dino paoli]; born 23 September 1934 in Monfalcone) is an Italian singer-songwriter. He is a seminal figure who has written a number of songs widely regarded as classics in Italian popular music, including: "Il cielo in una stanza", "Che cosa c'è", "Senza fine" and "Sapore di sale".
Paoli was born in Monfalcone, a little town near Trieste, but moved to Genoa at a young age.
After several different jobs, he was signed to Ricordi with friends and fellow musicians Luigi Tenco and Bruno Lauzi. His first success was the single "La Gatta", which has been used in Italian language teaching classes in American middle schools and high schools.
"Il cielo in una stanza" was composed in 1959. According to Paoli, the lyrics came to him while lying on a brothel bed. Gazing at the purple ceiling, he thought, "Love can grow at any moment at any place". Mina's single release of the song topped the list of annual sales in Italy and reached Billboard Hot 100. Video performances of the song were included in the movies "Io bacio... tu baci" and "Appuntamento a Ischia". Later it was featured in the "Goodfellas" movie. Carla Bruni Sarkozy covered the song (mixing French with her native Italian) in her debut album ("Quelqu'un m'a dit").
Gino Paolis debut album Gino Paoli was released in Italy on October 8, 1961 on Dischi Ricordi.
"Il cielo in una stanza" success was followed by "Sapore di sale" (1963), arranged by Ennio Morricone and believed to be his most famous song. In the same year he attempted suicide by shooting himself in the heart (the bullet is still inside his chest).
In 1974 he returned with the LP I semafori rossi non sono Dio, followed by Il mio mestiere (1977). Both showed a more mature inspiration than his 1960s works. In the 1980s Paoli produced a series of successful albums, and in 1985 he toured Italy together with Ornella Vanoni.
In 1987 he was elected to the Italian Chamber of Deputies for the Italian Communist Party. He abandoned politics in 1992 to pursue his music ambitions.
He had a long relationship with actress Stefania Sandrelli. Their daughter, Amanda Sandrelli, is also an actress.
- Gino Paoli (1961)
- Le cose dell'amore (1962)
- Basta chiudere gli occhi (1964)
- Gino Paoli allo Studio A (1965)
- Le canzoni per "Emmeti" (1966)
- Gino Paoli and The Casuals (1967)
- Le due facce dell'amore (1971)
- Rileggendo vecchie lettere d'amore (1971)
- Amare per vivere (1972)
- I semafori rossi non sono Dio (1974)
- Ciao, salutime un po' Zena (1975)
- Le canzoni di Gino Paoli' (1976, collection)
- Il mio mestiere (1977)
- La ragazza senza nome (1978)
- Il gioco della vita (1979)
- Ha tutte le carte in regola (1980)
- Averti addosso (1984)
- La luna e il Sig. Hyde (1984)
- Insieme (1985)
- Cosa farò da grande (1986)
- Sempre (1988)
- L'ufficio delle cose perdute (1988)
- Gino Paoli '89 dal vivo (1990, live)
- Matto come un gatto (1991)
- Senza contorno solo... per un'ora (1992)
- King Kong (1994)
- Amori dispari (1995)
- Appropriazione indebita (1996)
- Pomodori (1998)
- Per una storia (2000)
- Se (2002)
- Una lunga storia (2004)
- Ti ricordi? No non mi ricordo (2004)
- Gino Paoli & Arsen Dedic u Lisinskom (2005)
- Paolo Grugni CANZONI SEMPREVERDI. The Madrepennuta site, 2006
- Top Annuali Singles. hitparadeitalia site. Retrieved 27 June 2007
- http://discografia.dds.it/scheda_titolo.php?idt=3886. Gino Paolis discography. Retrieved 6 October 2009
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