The Festival di Sanremo is the most well respected televised Italian pop music event. 2013 sees the sixty-third edition and to mark the event Swide has decided to run through the most important songs that have participated in the festival, and made Italian music history.
Giorgio Guidi, aka Johnny Dorelli, grew up in the USA and learnt the art of singing at the Manhattan school of performing arts. His American singing style makes him Italy’s only crooner, and a great success. He partook in Modugno’s Nel Blue Dipinto di Blue and later won many accolades on his own. His song L’immensità, presented at the Festival di Sanremo in 1967 was the biggest success of his career.
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