I Santo California

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I Santo California are an Italian musical group founded in 1974. They are best known for their debut single "Tornerò" which became an international no. 1 hit in 1975.

History
The group was founded by five musicians originating from Campania, Southern Italy. Originally called La Nuova Frontiera, the band was performing in clubs and beach resorts in the Amalfi Coast. In 1974, during a concert in Nocera Inferiore, they caught the attention of Elio Palumbo who helped them sign a contract with Italian label Yep Record in Rome. At that point, the band had changed the name to I Santo California.

They released their debut single, "Tornerò", at the end of 1974. The sentimental love ballad was a major hit in Italy and Switzerland where it spent multiple weeks at no. 1 in 1975. In Switzerland, "Tornerò" became the best-selling single of the year. It also reached the top 5 in Germany and Austria, and the band's debut album charted within the top 20 in Italy.
The follow-up single, "Un angelo", from the album of the same, peaked no. 2 in Italy and no. 10 in Switzerland in spring 1976. The band continued the international success with "Dolce amore mio" which reached no. 6 in Italy and no. 3 in Switzerland. In 1977, I Santo California took part in Sanremo Music Festival with the song "Monica", which placed third in the contest and became another international hit for the band. In 1978, they scored their last top 10 hit in Italy, "Manuela, amore!". After that, I Santo California's popularity decreased and the group struggled to achieve success in the charts.

In 1994, the band released the new album 1994 Per un mondo migliore on which they explored spiritual themes.

Group members
Pietro Paolo Barbella (vocals, keyboard): 1974 – present
Donato Farina (drums): 1974 – present
Domenico Aiello (bass): 1974 – present
Massimo Caso (guitar): 1974 – 1979
Gianni Galizia (keyboard): 1974 – 1990

Discography

Studio albums
1974: Se davvero mi vuoi bene... Tornerò
1975: Un angelo
1979: Venus serenade
1980: Ti perdono amore mio
1994: 1994 Per un mondo migliore

Singles
1974: "Tornerò"
1975: "Un angelo"
1976: "Dolce amore mio"
1976: "Ave Maria... No! No!"
1977: "Fenesta vascia"
1977: "Monica"
1977: "Gabbiano"
1978: "Manuela, amore!"
1979: "Venezia"
1979: "Butterfly 2000"
1980: "Ti perdono amore mio"
1981: "Aspettandoti"
1982: "Questa melodia"
1982: "Amore fragile"
1983: "Lassù"
1984: "Maledetto cuore"
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Albums

00446 I Santo California - Se Davvero Mi Vuoi Bene...Tornerò album art I Santo California Se Davvero Mi Vuoi Bene...Tornerò (Album) Yep Record 00446 Italy 1974 Sell This Version
89 658 OT I Santo California - Torneró album art I Santo California Torneró (Album) Philips 89 658 OT Germany 1975 Sell This Version
YEP/LP/004410, 004410 I Santo California - Un Angelo album art I Santo California Un Angelo (Album) Yep Record, Yep Record YEP/LP/004410, 004410 Italy 1975 Sell This Version
LPCS-4022 I Santo California - Torneró album art Grupo Santo California* Torneró(LP, Album) Cordis LPCS-4022 Venezuela 1976 Sell This Version
004414 I Santo California - Hits In The World album art I Santo California Hits In The World(LP) Yep Record 004414 Italy 1976 Sell This Version
GX 01-845 I Santo California - Volveré/un ángel album art I Santo California Volveré/un ángel(LP, Album) Gamma (4) GX 01-845 Mexico 1976 Sell This Version
BGLP 12.439 I Santo California - Venus Serenade album art I Santo California Venus Serenade (Album) Yep Record BGLP 12.439 Brazil 1979 Sell This Version
YEPL 004427 I Santo California - Ti Perdono Amore Mio album art I Santo California Ti Perdono Amore Mio (Album) Yep Record YEPL 004427 Italy 1980 Sell This Version
CD 553 I Santo California - Tornerò album art I Santo California Tornerò (Comp, Album) Discomagic Records CD 553 Italy 1991 Sell This Version
3300242 I Santo California Amore Mio(CD) Blue Martin Records 3300242 Switzerland 1991 Sell This Version
RMCD 4040 I Santo California - Dolce Amore Mio album art I Santo California Dolce Amore Mio(CD, Album) Replay Music (2) RMCD 4040 Italy 1992 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

YEP 00663 I Santo California - Tornerò album art I Santo California Tornerò (Single) Yep Record YEP 00663 Italy 1974 Sell This Version
YEP 00669 I Santo California - Un Angelo  album art I Santo California Un Angelo (Single) Yep Record YEP 00669 Italy 1975 Sell This Version
YEP-JB 4 I Santo California - Un Angelo / Un Giorno In Più album art I Santo California / Juli & Julie* I Santo California / Juli & Julie* - Un Angelo / Un Giorno In Più(7", Jukebox) Yep Record YEP-JB 4 Italy 1975 Sell This Version
6061 954, 6061.954 I Santo California - Dolce Amore Mio album art I Santo California Dolce Amore Mio (Single) Yep Record 6061 954, 6061.954 Portugal 1976 Sell This Version
17 466 AT, 17 466AT I Santo California - Ave Maria... No! No! / I Tuoi Occhi Sorridenti album art I Santo California Ave Maria... No! No! / I Tuoi Occhi Sorridenti (Single) Philips 17 466 AT, 17 466AT Germany 1976 Sell This Version
YEP 00675 I Santo California - Dolce Amore Mio / A Lui album art Santo California* / Suan (2) Santo California* / Suan (2) - Dolce Amore Mio / A Lui(7", Jukebox) Yep Record YEP 00675 Italy 1976 Sell This Version
301.1105 I Santo California - Un Angelo / Tutto Uguale album art I Santo California Un Angelo / Tutto Uguale(7") Young 301.1105 Brazil 1976 Sell This Version
G-1600 I Santo California - Volvere = Tornerò album art I Santo California Volvere = Tornerò(7", Single) Gamma (4) G-1600 Mexico 1976 Sell This Version
JB 08 I Santo California - Ave Maria No! No! / Donna Libera album art I Santo California / Suan (2) I Santo California / Suan (2) - Ave Maria No! No! / Donna Libera(7", Jukebox) Yep Record JB 08 Italy 1976 Sell This Version
6172 660 I Santo California - Gabbiano / Io Qualche Anno In Più album art I Santo California Gabbiano / Io Qualche Anno In Più (Single) Yep Record 6172 660 France 1977 Sell This Version
6061 959 I Santo California - Monica album art I Santo California Monica (Single) Yep Record 6061 959 France 1977 Sell This Version
00664 I Santo California - Fenesta Vascia album art I Santo California Fenesta Vascia(7") Yep Record 00664 Italy 1977 Sell This Version
JB 011 I Santo California - Gabbiano / Crazy Music album art I Santo California / Jenny Nevasco I Santo California / Jenny Nevasco - Gabbiano / Crazy Music(7", Jukebox) Yep Record JB 011 Italy 1977 Sell This Version
302.1034 I Santo California - Ave Maria No! No! / Torna A Settembre / Dolce Amore Mio / I Tuoi Occhi Sorridenti album art I Santo California Ave Maria No! No! / Torna A Settembre / Dolce Amore Mio / I Tuoi Occhi Sorridenti(7", EP) Young 302.1034 Brazil 1977 Sell This Version