Country Of The Month: Italy Part-7!

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Country of the month is back. We decided to continue our series of articles “Country Of The Month” with Italy. In a period of four weeks, we are going to remind you of the best Italian entries. Note: we selected the entries not by their place in their final, but by their impact on the fans.

Umberto Tozzi & Raf – Gente Di Mare

In 1987, Italy selected Umberto Tozzi & Raf and their song “Gente Di Mare” to sent in Brussels, Belgium. The song is entirely in Italian.

It was composed by Giancarlo Bigazzi while the lyrics were written by Umberto Tozzi and Raffaele Riefoli. Conductor of the live performance was Gianfranco Lombardi. At the final, the entry placed 3rd with 103 points.

Umberto Tozzi was born on March 4, 1952, in Turin, Italy. He is a famous Italian singer and songwriter. At the age of 16, he joined a band and gave small shows. His debut album was released in 1976. In 1977, he released one of his most famous songs “Ti Amo”. Today, Umberto has released 20 studio albums and has sold more than 70 million records globally.

Raffaele Riefoli a.k.a. Raf was born on September 29, 1959, in Italy. He is an Italian singer and songwriter. His debut album was released in 1984 and until today he has released 14 more. Almost all his albums entered the Top-10 of the Italian charts.

Italy in the Eurovision

Italy debuted in the contest in 1956, being one of the first 7 countries. Since then, it has participated 45 times, missing the event a couple of times – 1981, 1982, 1986, 1994-1996 and 1998-2010 – without any specific explanation.

The country is part of the “Big 5”, so its prequalified to the grand final. The country has topped the scoreboard on 3 contests (1964, 1990 and 2021) and placed in the Top-10 34 times! The country’s most popular entry is Domenico Modugno’s 1958 “Nel blu, dipinto di blu” (Volare), which placed 3rd in the contest. Its worst result came in 2014 when it finished 21 with 33 points. The country has also placed last in 1966 with no points at all. Ironically, it was Domenico Modugno’s second attempt in the contest.

What do you think about the song? Do you like it? Do you think is it one of the most memorable entries from Italy? Let us know in the comment box below.

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