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🇮🇹 In memoriam: Toto Cutugno

1990 Eurovision winner Toto Cutugno passed away. He died in the San Raffaele hospital in Milan Tuesday afternoon. That is what news agency ANSA announced today.

Early Life and Beginnings: Born on July 7, 1943, in Fosdinovo, Tuscany, Salvatore “Toto” Cutugno began his foray into music at a young age. His innate musical talent was evident early on, paving the way for a career that would span decades.

Career Highlights:

  • 1970s: Toto started his music career as a drummer, but soon transitioned to singing. He became a familiar figure in the European music scene, especially after forming the band Albatros. They were known for hits such as “Volo AZ 504” and “Africa.”

  • 1980s: This decade marked the pinnacle of Cutugno’s career. He wrote, composed, and performed songs that would become iconic. In 1983, his collaboration with Adriano Celentano on the track “L’italiano” became a major hit, turning Toto into a household name in Italy and beyond.

    His pinnacle came in 1990 when he won the Eurovision Song Contest representing Italy with the song “Insieme: 1992.” The song, reflecting on European unity, struck a chord during a time when the continent was undergoing significant political and social changes.

  • 1990s and Beyond: In 1991 Toto Cutugno hosted the Eurovision Song Contest along with Gigliola Cinquetti. Toto continued producing music and collaborating with other artists. While he may not have reached the commercial peaks of the 80s, he remained an influential figure in Italian pop music. Over the years, he released multiple albums and continued to tour.

Toto Cutugno passed away after a prolonged illness. He was 80 years old.

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