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This event is now in the history of our country. The Festival of San Remo is the father of all the Italian talent show that crow today the television networks.
Since the Fifties - first in radio and then on television- the Festival of San Remo catches the attention and the audience for about a week each year.
If you are interested or not in this festival, anyway you will still listen what is happening, because - in addition to all songs presented in the program – there is an intense activity all around the festival that fills the tabloid and the newspapers with news about the protagonists.
speak about the Festival and everywhere: at the barber, at the hairdresser, in the bar, on the bus. This festival has
accompanied the history of Italians, going from the love songs of the first
years to the most serious social topics
in the 70s, until the influences of the songs overseas. Towards the 80s were
even accepted the songs in a foreign language sung by the national singers. What
about the look of the singers copied by the Italians? The festival of Italy is a real
phenomenon. San Remo
On stage of the historic Teatro Ariston have passed some great singers and famous Italian authors (Mogol is definitely one of the famous authors in our historical context singing). The festival is a piece of the Italian history. It is a phenomenon because –in my opinion- the story of a nation is not just a series of the dates and the political events, but also a complexity of customs and traditions in transformation.
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Nilla Pizzi (that your Italian parents or grandparents know) was the first winner of the festival, and she won for two years., the festival became popular in Italy in 1953 with a television experiment and it began famous abroad. An important rule of the festival? The songs must be absolutely unpublished: the first great expulsion for one song was in 1957 because the song was already published! What singing walkway was the festival of
have been some great names as Mina, Claudio Villa and Modugno, but the list is very long
and abundant. At the end of the 50s the festival of San Remo was broadcast in Eurovision, it was
an important television event! San Remo
Gino Paoli and “ Le mille bolle blu” of Mina came in festival in the 1961. Only a year later two actors were added to the festival to manage the non-singing interludes: Tognazzi and Vianello.
Watch the video " Le mille bolle blu" Sanremo 1961
Their presence, however, was not aired on television because they were not singers. To conclude our pan on the early years of this festival I remember the stories told by my grandmother about the year 1963: there was a scandal! The age of love songs was over and the “urlatori” ( called the screamers because of the way of singing) (Mina, Celentano, Morandi, Milva etc etc) had conquered the scenes. That year Mina was pregnant by a man to whom she was not married. The news today is irrelevant, but not in those years! How could anyone think of an event so outrageous? This news troubled all the orthodox and it gave the occasion to talk and comment the festival that year. See? For one reason or another the festival of
has never passed on the sly! So if you are fan of the genre, watch Rai in these
days... and the show must go on! San Remo
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