Category Archives: Italy

373 Aprite Le Finestre – Franca Raimondi (Italy, 1956)

1956’s winning song by Lys Assia (see No. 502) fell just outside the Top 500, so the first entry from the first year of Eurovision in our countdown proper is Franca Raimondi’s Aprite Le Finistre. Seven countries took part at the Teatro Kursaal … Continue reading

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379 Libera – Mia Martini (Italy, 1977)

Mia Martina is one of two Italian artists with a brace of entries in the countdown. First up we had her 1992 attempt, the plaintive torch song Rapsodia (see No. 450), 71 places higher is Libera, a disco-tinged number from 1977. … Continue reading

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437 We’ll Live It All Again (Noi Lo Rivivremo Di Nuovo) – Al Bano & Romina Power (Italy, 1976)

No fewer than six acts have represented Italy on more than one occasion, but only three of those six have finished inside the Top 10 twice: Domenico Modugno (1958, 1959), Gigliola Cinquetti (1964, 1974), and Al Bano and Romina Power (1976, … Continue reading

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450 Rapsodia – Mia Martini (Italy, 1992)

Mia Martini was born Domenica Berté in 1947 in Bagnara Calabra, a town at the toe of Italy’s boot. She was 16 years old when she recorded her first singles as Mimi Berté but it wasn’t until 1971 that her breakthrough came, along … Continue reading

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464 Era – Wess & Dori Ghezzi (Italy, 1975)

Now we come to Italy, originators of the San Remo music festival in 1951 which provided the inspiration for Eurovision. The Italians were present for the very first contest in 1956 but, despite a string of decent results, by the early 1990s … Continue reading

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