Claudio Baglioni, serious mourning: the singer speaks

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The Roman singer mourns the death of one of his longest-serving collaborators on social media

Published on October 19, 2021

A severe bereavement strikes Claudio Baglioni. The Roman singer has announced in the past few hours via social media the departure of Antonio “Tonino” Coggio, his longtime collaborator and great friend. The man died today, October 19, at the age of 82.

“He greets you and hugs you one last time, that boy not yet eighteen in whom you immediately believed and whom you welcomed into your little family” Baglioni wrote, referring to what is, in effect, his pygmalion. Antonio Coggio was in fact for many years composer, arranger and record producer who worked on various Baglioni projects. An artistic partnership that began in the now distant 1970, with the first project Christmas night. Below you can find the moving post that the singer of This little big love he dedicated to Coggio.

Who was Antonio Coggio: history and career of Baglioni’s historic collaborator

Coggio was born in Savona on May 16, 1939. After starting to study piano, he completed his musical studies at the Niccolò Paganini Conservatory in Genoa. Here he will begin to attend the so-called “Genoese school”, starting in 1964 to collaborate as keyboard player with Gino Paoli. When the singer-songwriter signed for the Italian RCA, he moved to Rome, where he had his first studio recording experience.

After the experience with Paoli he began to work as keyboard player for Domenico Modugno, whose recordings he follows at the end of the 60s under the RCA label. His experience as an author also began in 1969, when he participated in the Cantagiro as the author of the music of Chimmè Chimmà, interpreted by Hugu Tugu.

The year of the first meeting with Claudio Baglioni is 1967. The two were introduced by a collaborator of Teddy Reno, who had noticed Antonio Coggio at the Festival degli Sconosciuti. From this point on, the two continued to collaborate almost continuously for much of the 1970s. Coggio was behind the success, among others, of Claudio Baglioni’s historical albums such as E tu… and Sabato Pommberto. In recent times, however, the producer had collaborated in particular with Mariella Nava and other colleagues of the caliber of Luca Barbarossa, Patty Right e Ivano Fossati.

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