Monday, 13 September 2010

Festival di Sanremo - Tony Renis

Tony Renis (born May 13, 1938), stage name of Elio Cesari, is an Italian composer, songwriter, music producer and film actor.

Born in Milan, he debuted in the mid-fifties, paired with Adriano Celentano, performing an impression of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. In 1958, he signed to the label Combo Record as a singer and started releasing covers of Italian and American songs. In 1961, Renis debuted at the Sanremo Music Festival with the song Pozzanghere.

In 1962, Renis gained international success with the song Quando, Quando, Quando, written with Alberto Testa and performed at the Sanremo Music Festival. One year later, he won the same Festival with the song Una per tutte.

Other participations at the Festival di Sanremo:

1964: I Sorrisi Di Sera
1967: Quando Dico Che Ti Amo, 2nd
1968: Il Posto Mio
1970: Canzone Blu, 13th

In 1972, he composed the song Grande grande grande with Alberto Testa, successfully performed by Mina, and later by Shirley Bassey under the English translation title "Never Never Never".

In 1974, he won the Nastro d'Argento for the Best Score for the score of Blu gang - vissero per sempre felici e ammazzati.

In the eighties, Tony Renis mainly worked as music producer and, in 1981, he launched the career of Nikka Costa.

In 1999, Renis received a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Oscar for the song "The Prayer", performed by Céline Dion and Andrea Bocelli, from the Quest for Camelot movie soundtrack.

In 2005, he won a David di Donatello for the song Merry Christmas in Love from the film Christmas in Love. The song was also nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song at the 63rd Golden Globe Awards.

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