The singer and actor Gianni Nazzaro, who with his romantic songs marked a trait of pop music of the 70s, among whose hits “How beautiful she is”, died today at the Gemelli polyclinic in Rome following a lung tumor at the age of 72 years old. The news of the disappearance was given to Adnkronos by his partner, Nada Ovcina, who was also his agent and press office.
He was born as Giovanni Nazzaro in Naples on October 27, 1948. The artistic debut takes place in 1965, under the pseudonym of Buddy, successfully imitating the voices of Bobby Solo, Adriano Celentano, Gianni Morandi and other artists in second-rate recordings. In 1967 he took part in the Naples Festival with the song «Sulo ppe mme e ppe te», but did not enter the final. At the end of this pioneering period, he made himself known on “Un disco perestate” in 1968 with the song “Solo noi”.
The following year he participated with «Incontri d’estate» at the Cantagiro. He wins the 1970 Naples Film Festival with «He called me love“, While he ranks first in” A record for the summer “1972 with”How beautiful she is“, Perhaps his greatest success, and two years later with”This is love“. Among Nazzaro’s successes, concentrated above all in the seventies, are “Love is a dove” (1970), “Bianchi cristall sereni” (1971), “I do not want to fall in love ever” (1972), “In my way” ( 1974, written by Claudio Baglioni and Antonio Coggio), all presented at the Sanremo Festival, and «In fondo all’anima».
On the occasion of the Sanremo Festival 1994 he is part of the group Italy team, set up for the occasion, singing the song «An old Italian song». In 1998 he played the role of the father of Sara De Vito (Serena Autieri) in the soap opera “A place in the sun”, returning to the main cast in 2009. In 2007 he also starred in the soap “Incantesimo”. From 2010 to 2016 he participates assiduously, also as a presenter, in the singing promotional program MilleVoci, broadcast on a circuit of local broadcasters. In 2011-2012 he was involved in the musical show “Noi che, the best years” at the Teatro Salone Margherita in Rome. In 2014 he participated in the «Such and what show», Hosted by Carlo Conti on Rai 1, winning an episode interpreting« Losing love ».
Gianni Nazzaro has been linked to nothing sheep, who bore him two children: Giovanni Junior, born in 1973, and Giorgia, born in 1976. After the separation, he was linked to Catherine Frank (real name Pleite Armonia Del Carmen), a former French model, who gave him two children: Davide and Mattia. In 2016 he re-established relations with Ovcina after a serious car accident that involved them in France: the singer lost a kidney and risked being paralyzed. In addition to being his partner, Nada also served as manager, agent and press office for him.