Roberto Carlotto

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Roberto Carlotto
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Keyboardist Roberto Carlotto from Varese, whose nickname was Hunka Munka, began playing since his childhood, though his musical career was seriously compromised by an aircraft accident that caused him some heavy injuries.

His beginnings as a professional musician took him to play in England, Germany and Switzerland, where he even had the chance of supporting such artists like Rod Stewart and Colosseum. In Italy he had previously played with Big 66, I Cuccioli and later with Ivan Graziani in Anonima Sound, in 1970, before entering a solo career starting with a single in 1971.
As a solo artist, Carlotto was easily recognised by his very good technical quality and the high level of his equipment, that included an incredible number of different keyboards and even the early examples of tape drum machines.

His only solo album, Dedicato a Giovanna G., with his outrageous cover, is a soft-prog album, obviously dominated by Hunka's keyboards (especially his self-customized Hammond organ) and odd tremolo voice resembling Demis Roussos or Bee Gees. Among the backing musicians were drummer Nunzio "Cucciolo" Favia from Osage Tribe and guitarist Ivan Graziani, that had also played in Anonima Sound before leaving for a successful solo career.
The album contains 11 short tracks, two of which also released on single, mostly in a pop style and sometimes marred by orchestral and backing singers arrangements, like in Io canterò per te. Anyway it contains some nice moments for prog fans, like Ruote e sogni, the album's longest track with very good organ playing.

After the album release Carlotto joined I Dik Dik in 1973, again with drummer Cucciolo and still plays with him now as "Carlotto & Cucciolo".
He has also presumably released an electronic album in 1984, Promise of love (Atlantide AMX 12003), under the name Karl Otto.
In the early 2000's the collaboration with keyboardist from Calabria Joey Mauro, talented user and repairer of vintage keyboards, for the proposed revitalisation of the Hunka Munka name, didn't gave any result.

In 2011 Roberto Carlotto joined the reformed Analogy and is still playing with them.
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Albums

Roberto Carlotto - Carlotto & Cucciolo Già Dik Dik album art Carlotto* & Cucciolo Carlotto* & Cucciolo - Carlotto & Cucciolo Già Dik Dik (Album, Comp) D.V. More Record Italy 1995 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

CGD 10087 Roberto Carlotto - 'A Cartulina 'E Napule / Caro Amore album art Roberto Carlotto 'A Cartulina 'E Napule / Caro Amore(7") CGD CGD 10087 Italy 1978 Sell This Version
PH 024 Roberto Carlotto - Come With Me album art Carlotto* Come With Me(7") Phantom Record PH 024 Italy Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

SLP 314 Roberto Carlotto - Lavori In Corso. Dik-Dik dal '60 al '92 album art Carlotto* & Cucciolo Carlotto* & Cucciolo - Lavori In Corso. Dik-Dik dal '60 al '92(LP, Comp) Bebas records SLP 314 Italy 1992 Sell This Version
SMCD 382 Roberto Carlotto - Carlotto E Cucciolo Dei Dik Dik Il Meglio album art Carlotto* E Cucciolo Carlotto* E Cucciolo - Carlotto E Cucciolo Dei Dik Dik Il Meglio(CD, Comp) Bebas Records SMCD 382 Italy 1993 Sell This Version

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