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The biography of Luigi Domenico Tenco
1938 Luigi Tenco was born in Cassine (province of Alessandria) the 21 of March. Unfortunately he didn’t know his father Giuseppe who died during His mother’s pregnancy.
1948 The Tenco family,composed by the mother Teresa Zoccola and two brothers :the younger Luigi and the older brother Valentino, moves himself to Genoa.they start up wholesaled activity of “piemontesi” wines
begin to attend the medium school during the
year 1948/49 .
In the first time he enrolled in the Classical Liceo
“ Andra Doria”, but he attends only one year together with
his school-friend Bruno Lauzi; after enrolled two scientific schools
:”Cassini “ and “ Galilei “. After, as external candidate, he reaches
maturity in the 1956 the 29 of July.
he enrolled at Engineering for introductory two-years course of study.
He establish several musical groups with his children’s friends: Gino Paoli,
Bruno Lauzi, Marcello Minerbi, Ruggero Coppola and the Reverberi
first compilations are mainly jazz
music and attempts of Rock and Roll
Luigi at the beginning played the
clarinet , after he specialized with the sax.
pop-stars are Jelly Roll Morton, Chet Baker ,Gerry Mulligan, Paul Desmond and
Charlie Parker from which draw inspiration.
He meets Marcello Minerbi . This
musician during the sixties
founded the ensemble “Los Marcello’s
becomes ,together Ruggero
Coppola, members of the Minerbi’s company named “Tony-Marcello and Max”
and played at Genoa’s music-halls.
in Sn Pellegrino Terme with Dino Siani and after with Marcello Minerbi and
Ruggero Coppola. At Stresa in the “Grand Hotel Stella Alpina” played with
Lino Patruno’s band.
He got through drawing examination with 20/30. After fails the examination of
analytic Geometry. ( He was examined from Togliatti the
PCI secretary’s brother. Then he changes course and he is enrolled to
- Tourneè in Germany with
Celentano,Gaber and Jannacci.
Paoli and other friends he forms the ensemble “ I diavoli del Rock”.
played in Milan at Santa Tecla with Gaber, Jannacci and Reverberi. Then newly
in Genoa at the “ Piccola Baita”.
1958 –In Milan he met Gianfranco
Reverberi who is working at Ricordis’ and this friend introduces him in this
musical society where Tenco worked as instrumentalist in the recording’s
a short time he changes from the sax to the voice ,so he begins to
record his first songs. Before songs written by others then his own
- By Ricordi he records tree
extended-play records with the songs: “Mai”,”Giurami tu”,” Mi
chiedi solo amore””Senza
parole” signed with his family name.
- Tree new extended-play records with the pseudonym of GIGI MAI. The
songs are: “Amore”,”Non so ancora”,”Vorrei sapere perché” “
He got through with 24/30 the fundamental examination :Political and
By Ricordi he records a compilation where Tenco as author and interpreter
of the song “ Quando”.
- In Genoa, together
to “ Camalli”(labourer works) he attends a demonstration against a
meeting of “M.S.I.”
1960 – He performs with his friends De Andrè
in Genoa at “Duse” with
Modern Jazz Group.De Andrè, to obtain attention from the girls in the
discotheques, passes himself off as the author of
-He obtains the driver’s
10 -He records an
extended-play record, “ Quando “ his first hit
with the pseudonym DICK VENTUNO.
8/3/1961 He records an extended-play record with two songs: “ Quando” and “Triste sera”; this time with his true name.
9/3 - He records an extended-play record with the songs.”Il mio regno” and “I miei giorni perduti”.
8/5 He records an extended-play record “ Una vita inutile” and “ Ti ricorderai”.
3/10 - He records an extended-play record “Ti ricorderai” and “Se qualcuno ti dirà”
25/10 He records an extended-play record with “Come le altre” and “La mia geisha”
Summer 1962 He sheets the film “ La cuccagna” director Luciano Salce.
10/9 -He records an extended-play record with the same songs of the film “La cuccagna”: “ Quello che conta “ and “Tra tanta gente” (songs composed by Luciano Salce and Ennio Morricone) and “ La ballata dell’eroe” composed by Fabrizio De Andrè.
Ottobre 1962 In early days the film “ La cuccagna” comes out in Italy.Gala evening and publicity on newspapers for the film’s titles.
11/11- He records his first long-playing record with the songs: “Mi sono innamorato di te”, “ Angela”, “ Cara maestra”
17/11 It is issued an extended-play record with the first two songs..
At the end of the year he got through his screen test for a protagonist role in the film “ La ragazza di Bube” director Mr. Comencini, but ,for coprodution-reasons, will be engaged under contract George Chakiris.
1963 –The first half . Tenco fights with Gino Paoli because of a flirt with Stefania Sandrelli at those time only seventeen-year-old. The two pop singers break off every relations for ever.
10/9 - It is issued the last extended-play record by Ricordi: “Io sì” and “Una brava ragazza” both too much daring and censured consequently.
1/1/64 - started collaboration with the record company “Joker” with the record-label “ Jolly”.
15/4/ - It is issued the extended-play record “ Ragazzo mio” dedicated to his friend’s son (Roy Grassi) . Another song is “ No-non è vero”
During 1964 he takes part on a film version for RAI-TV “ La comare”.
7/1/65 –He served as a soldier in Florence after several postponements .His company was the “Tuscany’s wolfs”.
14/5/ - It is issued the second compilation with “Ragazzo mio” and “ Vedrai vedrai” in the first version.
13/10 – He writes to Valeria his first letter then known by public.
December – He goes on tour for ten days in Buenos Aires (Argentina) when he is attended as a guest of honor during a television programme with a theme song “ Ho capito che ti amo”; a tenco’s popular song known in all South-America country. He gave a warm welcome as a head of state.
22/12 – At 21 p.m. he takes part , with great success, a television programme “Casino Philips” (Argentina 13 canal) equivalent to the Italian television programme “ Fantastico”.
1/1/1966 – He signs a contract with the record company RCA.
11/3/ - He finished military service.
Summer 1966- His song “Lontano lontano”(then an even green)is present at the song-festival :” A play for the summer, but he was the last ( Nemo profeta in patria).
August – In Rome at the RCA building he makes to Dalida’s acquaintance ,a Italian -French young singer.
September – Tenco, together with RCA’s officers, tours of Paris for the presentation of the song “ Ciao amore” to Dalida.In this circumstance starts the idea for a common presence to the “ Festival di San Remo”.
Autumn – Tenco attends a debate on the song of protest in Rome care of the “Beat 72”. The young men present challenge the author.
18/11 – He writes to Valeria his second letter giving flattering judgment to towards Dalida.
31/12 Tenco, during the New Year’s Eve party sings in Rome at “ Casina Valadier”. The audience challenges him with toy trumpet’s sound. He stopped and cryed …….put those trumpets into your ass .
3/1/ 67 For low questions he is forced to change the title of his song “ Ciao Amore “ in the new title “ Ciao amore ciao”.
January – He gives a concert in Rome at the Hotel Hilton. The public boos him.
17/1/67 –Tenco attends at ” XXVII Festival di San Remo” .He is in pair with Dalida.His song “Ciao amore ciao” is eliminated previously by the jury ( 38 ballots on 900) and then by a special commission of experts.
27/1/67 – h. 2,15 (about)-in San Remo -Hotel Savoja – room n.219…Dalida founds Tenco dead .
– The funeral is set in Cassine (Alessandria). Among his friends went to the
funeral: Fabrizio De Andrè,Anna Fabbri (the Gino Paoli’s first wife)and the
singer Michele his great friend.