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Toto Cutugno

"Toto Cutugno", stage name of "Salvatore Cutugno" (born July 7, 1943) is an Italian pop singer-songwriter.

Cutugno was born in Fosdinovo, northern Tuscany.

He began his musical career as a drummer, but later formed a band that performed his own songs. He also had written for popular French-American singer Joe Dassin, contributing some of his most famous songs, including "L'été indien", "Et si tu n'existais pas" and ''Le Jardin du Luxembourg'' (written with Vito Pallavicini).

In 1976 Cutugno participated first time in Sanremo Music Festival coming with his band Albatros in 3rd place. He then won in 1980 with the song "Solo noi" ("Only us", in Italian), and subsequently finished second in six editions: in 1984 with the song "Serenata" ("Serenade"), in 1987 with "Figli" ("Sons"), in 1988 with "Emozioni" ("Emotions"), in 1989 with the song "Le mamme" ("The Mamas"), in 1990 with Ray Charles with the song "Gli amori" ("Loves", but entitled "Good Love Gone Bad'' in Charles' version) and in 2005 with Annalisa Minetti with the song "Come noi nessuno al mondo" ("No One Else in the World Like Us''). In total Cutugno participated in the festival 13 times.


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