Rita Pavone (born August 23, 1945) is an Italian ballad and rock singer who enjoyed success through the 1960s. Pavone is also an actress.
Rita Pavone was born in Turin.
She participated in the first Festa degli Sconosciuti ("Feast of the Unknown"), a prestigious television competition, in 1962, winning the contest. Her self-titled 1963 album, led by the hit single "La partita di pallone" ("The Ball Game") made her a national star at 17, and international attention soon followed.
In 1968, Pavone married the contest's organizer, the also well known Italian singer Teddy Reno.
In 1965, Pavone participated as a musican guest in The Ed Sullivan Show, becoming a frequent guest there until 1970. Meanwhile, Pavone scored a string of hits, both with ballads and rock songs, in Spain, where she became a teen idol. Pavone enjoyed so much fame in Spain that it was commented, during a 2005 television documentary from that country, that such success for a foreign singer there is indeed rare.