Rita Pavone

Rita Pavone

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Rita Pavone (born August 23, 1945) is an Italian ballad and rock singer who enjoyed success through the 1960s. Pavone is also an actress.

inging career

Rita Pavone was born in Turin.

In 1962 she participated in the first "Festival degli Sconosciuti" ("Festival of the Unknown"), a song competition for amateur artists, 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 the summer of 1964 she had chart success in the United States with a record sung in English called "Remember Me", backed with "Just Once More".

In 1965, Pavone participated as a musician 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.

Rita Pavone in the United States sang alongside Diana Ross and The Supremes, Ella Fitzgerald, Tom Jones, Duke Ellington, Paul Anka and a number of singers of the era. It is said that Elvis Presley made a painting of her after she went to Memphis and he met her at a recording studio. Barbra Streisand recorded a duo with her. Pavone sang at Carnegie Hall in New York city during this era.

Returning to Italy, she made her debut as an actress, working in five films and participating in shows such as "Giornalino di Gian Burrasca" (a children TV show), "Alta Pressione", "Stasera Rita" ("Tonight Rita") and "Studio Uno", a variety show. In 1982, she participated in "Come Alice" ("Like Alice"), which became a hit in Italian television.

Rita Pavone starred in six movies during the 1960s; "Clementine Cherie" (1963), "Rita la figlia americana" (1965), "Rita la zanzara" (1966), "Non stuzzicate la zanzara" (1967), "Little Rita nel west" (1968) and "La Feldmarescialla" (1968). The two "zanzara" movies, together with the "Giornalino di Gianburrasca" (1965) were directed by Lina Wertmuller, who remains to these days one of Rita's biggest fans. Although her movie career targeted a teen audience and lacked great artistic value, her movies have found today a cult niche.

At this stage it has to be pointed out Rita Pavone was also extremely popular in the UK for a short while in late 1966 and through 1967. RCA Victor issued two of her singles in quick succession, "Heart" and "You, Only You", and both hit the UK Top 30 during this period.

In 1968 Pavone married in Switzerland her talent scout and organizer of the first song contest she won, the also well-known Italian singer Teddy Reno. This event caused a scandal in the Italian society of the time because Teddy Reno (whose real name is Ferruccio Ricordi) was still married to his first wife, Ms. Livia Protti, and in Italy there was no divorce law until 1970. They re-married each other in Italy in 1971.

Later on during the 1980s she would participate in comedy films, such as "2 sul pianerottolo", "Risate in salotto" and "Santarellina".

In 1992, Pavone returned to the United States, where she sang during a multiple artists concert that included Whitney Houston, Frank Sinatra, the Bolshoi Ballet and Cher at the Sands hotel in Atlantic City.

She then turned to acting in theater, participating in a William Shakespeare play. In 2002, Pavone had a concert at Miami's Dade Auditorium.

Pavone and her husband Reno now live in Ticino, Switzerland. They have two sons, Alessandro and Giorgio, both of whom have become involved in show business themselves, Alessandro as a radio show host and Giorgio as a rock singer.

Rita Pavone was a Senate candidate in the Italian general election of 2006. She participated as candidate for "Per l'Italia nel Mondo" (For Italy in the World), a centre-right list, led by minister Mirko Tremaglia, which is present only in the foreign constituencies.


Rita Pavone recorded a total of thirteen albums. She mainly recorded for RCA until 1968, then she signed for a brief period with Ricordi which launched her vanity label "RitaLand"; after a quasi-sabotage by the Italian television and media, Rita returned to the label that had launched her, recording three more albums with RCA.

Italian discography

*"Rita Pavone" (1963, re-released on CD format in 2003)
*"Non è facile avere 18 anni" (1964)
*"Il giornalino di Gianburrasca" (1965)
*"Stasera Rita" (1965)
*"È nata una stella" (1966, compilation)
*"Ci vuole poco" (1967)
*"Little Rita nel West" (1968)
*"Rita 70"
*"Viaggio a Ritaland" (1970)
*"Gli Italiani vogliono cantare" (1972)
*"Rita ed io" (1976)
*"R.P." (1980)
*"Gemma e le altre" (1989)

US Discography

*"Rita Pavone - The international teen age sensation" (1964)
*"Small Wonder" (1964)
*"This is Rita Pavone" (1965)

RCA Singles 1963-1968

*"La Partita di Pallone /Amore Twist" (1963)
*"Come te non c'è nessuno/Clementine Cherie" (1963)
*"Alla mia età /Pel di carota"
*"Cuore/Il Ballo del Mattone" (1963)
*"Non è facile avere 18 anni / Son finite le vacanze" (1964)
*"Che m'importa del mondo /Datemi un martello" (1964) (cover of "If I had a hammer")
*"Scrivi/ Ti vorrei parlare" (1964)
*"L'amore mio / San Francesco" (1964)
*"Viva la pappa col pomodoro /Sei la mamma" (1965)
*"Lui/La forza di lasciarti" (1965)
*"Il Plip /Supercalifragilispiespiralidoso" (1965)
*"Stasera con te /Solo tu" (1965)
*"Il geghegè / Qui ritornerà" (1965)
*"Fortissimo /La sai troppo lunga" (1966)
*"Mamma dammi la panna / Col chicco" (1966)
*"La zanzara / Perchè due non fa tre" (1966)
*"Dove non so / Gira Gira" (1966)
*"Una notte intera /Questo nostro amore" (1967)
*"Una notte intera" promo jolly hotels
*"I tre porcellini/Con un poco di zucchero" (1967)
*"Non dimenticar le mie parole/Da cosa nasce cosa" (1967)
*"Tu sei come / Ma che te ne fai" (1968)

ee also

*List of Italian singers

External links

* [http://www.ritapavone.it/ official website]

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