Francesco De Gregori (April 4, 1951, Rome) is a renowned Italian singer-songwriter.
De Gregori was born to a middle-class family of Rome, and spent some of his youth in Pescara before returning to the capital. His elder brother, Luigi, was a musician and later had a personal career with the name of Luigi Grechi (Grechi is De Gregori's mother surname, later chosen in order to avoid confusion with the more famous Francesco).
Influenced by Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and the Italian singer-songwriter Fabrizio de AndrÃ©, De Gregori started to perform his songs (mainly personal tradutions of American folk songs) at the Folkstudio, in Rome, which was already frequented by his brother. In one occasion De AndrÃ¨ himself listened De Gregori's works and appreciated them.
Later De Gregori formed a band with his friends Antonello Venditti, Mimmo Locasciulli and Giorgio Lo Cascio, who all had success as singer-songwriters in the following years. De Gregori made his debut as a professional singer in 1972 with Theorius Campus, in collaboration with Venditti. The LP included an early masterwork like "Signora Aquilone&qu...