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One of the most celebrated Italian musicians, Toto Cutugno, has passed away today at the San Raffaelle Hospital. He was 80 years old.
The eminent singer-songwriter celebrated his birthday in July while he was hospitalized for several months at the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan. His presence has been prominent, making him one of the most versatile performers.
His magical performance of the song “Insieme: 1992” in 1990 sealed his fate on the global platform. In addition to his remarkable performing capacity, Cutugno made quite a mark as a songwriter, with compositions that were rendered by artists like Dalida, Adriano Celentano, and Domenico Modugno.
He helped take Italian music to the global stage, especially in Romania, Spain, Turkey, Germany, and Russia. His composition of “L’Italiano,” released in 1983, broke all language barriers. It got translated into several other languages and symbolized Italian culture.
Cutugno’s participation in the Sanremo Music Festival comprised fifteen shows, with one win in 1980 for the song “Solo noi.” He was second runner-up for the songs “Serenata”, “Figli”, “Emozioni”, and “Le mamme.”
He became the embodiment of “always the bridesmaid, never a bride,” for his “eternal second” position at the Sanremo Fest.
Italians worldwide held Cutugno in high esteem in their hearts, especially Italian Americans, who felt deeply moved and attached to their roots by his compositions. He frequented the stages of New York City and Atlantic City, where his performance regularly attracted a merry crowd with a packed house to sing for.
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