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Fabrizio De André

Real Name:Fabrizio Cristiano De André
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Italian songwriter, composer, guitarist, writer, and activist.

Born: February 18, 1940, in Genova Pegli.
Died: January 11, 1999, in Milan.

He started writing songs in 1960 ("La Ballata di Michè", composed with Clelia Petracchi is his first song), heavily influenced by French songwriters like Georges Brassens.

In 1962, he married Enrica “Puny” Rignon, and his son Cristiano De André was born. Encouraged by friends, including Gino Paoli, he began to perform in public in Genova, and between 1963 and 1966, the label karim released some singles that were collected in Tutto Fabrizio De André in 1966. However, success did not come suddenly, and De Andrè seriously thought about leaving his musical career to work in his father's law firm until 1968, when Mina (3) recorded "La Canzone di Marinella", which became a great success. From that moment on, he became one of the most appreciated Italian songwriters.

In 1974, he met Dori Ghezzi, with whom he had a daughter (Luvi De Andrè (1977)), and established the label Fado (1980).

Since the 1980's, De Andrè has also sung using dialects like Genova's, the dialect of Gallura (northern Sardinia), and Neapolitan. 

He died in 1999 in Milan from lung cancer, diagnosed the year before.

Sites:fabriziodeandre.it , Wikipedia , fondazionedeandre.it , viadelcampo.com , faber.deand.re
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