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Umberto Tozzi

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"Umberto Tozzi" (born March 4, 1952) is an Italian pop/rock singer and composer, born in Turin.

In 1968, at the age of 16, Umberto Tozzi joined 'Off Sound', one of the many groups that performed in small venues around Turin. In Milan, he met Adriano Pappalardo, with whom he formed a 13-piece band and began a large-scale Italian tour.

At only 19 (in 1974) Tozzi had his first success as a songwriter, with the song "Un corpo, un'anima" (lit. "One Body, One Spirit"), co-written with Damiano Dattoli and performed by Wess and Dori Ghezzi. It appeared on Canzonissima, an Italian music programme running from 1956-1974.

In 1976, he released his first album, ''Donna amante mia'' ("My loving woman"), from which came the single "Io camminerò" ("I Will Walk") which at the time had been sung with great success by Fausto Leali. In 1977 "Ti amo" was released, one of Tozzi's most famous songs, which stayed at number one in the Italian charts for seven months, outselling every other record.

1978 saw the release of ''Tu'', and the followng year Tozzi recorded perhaps his most famous song, "Gloria". The interpretati...

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