Sunday, 15 January 2012

Luca Barbarossa

Luca Barbarossa (born 15 April 1961, Rome) is an Italian singer-songwriter who has released 12 albums since 1981.

In 1980, Luca won the Castrocaro Song Festival, where he was spotted by a producer who signed him to a recording contract. In 1981 he participated in the San Remo Festival, where he finished fourth with the self-penned song Roma Spogliata. His first album was released in the same year, and he toured as support act to Riccardo Cocciante. In 1986, he again participated in the San Remo Festival with Via Margutta, but only managed 18th place. In 1987 Luca came ninth with Come Dentro Un Film. He achieved his best San Remo placement to date in 1988 with "L'amore Rubato" finishing third.

In 1988, Luca was chosen by broadcaster RAI as the Italian Eurovision representative with the song Vivo (Ti Scrivo). He went forward to the 33rd Eurovision Song Contest, held on 30 April in Dublin, where Vivo (Ti Scrivo) finished in 12th place of 21 entries.

Barbarossa won the 1992 San Remo Festival at his fifth attempt with Portami A Ballare, a song dedicated to his mother. In the 1990s he released four studio albums and a live album. In 1996 another San Remo entry with Il Ragazzo Con La Chitarra" placed 12th. A compilation album of his most popular songs, with two previously unreleased tracks, was issued in 2001.

Luca Barbarossa's San Remo participation in 2003, with Fortuna finishing 10th, was just before putting his recording career on hold for four years. He returned with a single, Aspettavamo Il 2000 in 2007, before releasing Via Delle Storie Infinite in 2008. In 2011 he participated again in Sanremo and came 8th with the song Fino In Fondo.

San Remo Music Festival entries:

1981: Roma Spogliata - 4th
1986: Via Margutta - 18th
1987: Come Dentro Un Film - 9th
1988: L'amore Rubato - 3rd
1992: Portami A Ballare - 1st
1996: Il Ragazzo Con La Chitarra - 12th
2003: Fortuna - 10th
2011: Fino In Fondo - 8th

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