Festival di Sanremo 1976: My opinion of the final day (Part II)


We’re back to the Festival di Sanremo 1976 edition and to the second part of my opinion regarding this edition of the festival, one that has influenced the European Broadcatsing Union (EBU) to create in 1956 the Eurovision Song Contest

Let’s move on to the competiting songs from 9th to 1st place:

09th place, 20 pointsGli Opera – L’ho persa ancora

A unknown band at the time, they started their carrer participating in a contest the previous year with the song “Donna con chi”. On their debut participation in Sanremo, they use the defeatable feeling of losing someone that is loved by the other as lyrics to build a gentle ballad, musically speaking. Nice performance for the group, eventhough there were better songs than this one that placed lower than them

08th place, 21 pointsDaniel Sentacruz Ensemble – Linda, bella Linda

Before debuting in Sanremo that year, they had their share of successes right in the year they started their carrer (1974), thanks to the anthemic ballad “Soleado” that has been covered by several international artists such as Mireille Mathieu and Johnny Mathis. Going back to 1976: here’s the catchiest song of the finalists and an incredible stand-out, both musically and lyrically. The colorful and festive performance makes the song come alive even more

07th place, 23 pointsCarlo Gigli – Più forte

Starting his carrer in 1970, he didn’t have much spolight throughout his music carrer by then and this participation might have meant an opportunity to become more known (nowadays, he’s the owner of a bar). Eventhough the story of a confirmation of a love relationship that makes the leading character stronger are nice, the song, musically speaking, is a bit bland on its studio version. It gets better on the live performance, but I still think it was quite overrated

06th place, 24 pointsDrupi – Sambariò

Also a singer that started his carrer in 1970, he was already a sucessfull singer in his home country and in the spanish music market thanks to hits such as his Sanremo 1973 entry “Vado via” and “Piccola e fragile” in 1974. Intriguing and yet sexy combination of the “bossa nova” sound with a 70’s italian ballad sound (adding the acoustic sound to it) with lyrics that reflect the fascination of the man for a woman who’s a mix of mature woman and young girl, but still beautiful. The singer really defended well this beautiful entry

05th place, 30 pointsPaolo Frescura – Due anelli

After a big sucess with “Bella dentro” the previous year, time was for a participation in Sanremo and this comes with a gentle power rock ballad with quite a modern arrangement for those days and lyrics that reflect the feelings of love from inside with the young man desiring to marry the girl of his dreams. Simply a good one and his performance is simply nice

=03rd place, 36 pointsAlbatros – Volo AZ 504

After years of trying to get in the spotlight, Toto Cutugno (future Eurovision Song Contest participant in 1990 with “Insieme: 1992” and, infamously, a co-host of the Eurovision Song Contest 1991 edition) finally would get a taste of success as the founder of the group Albatros that started in 1974 and from whom a few of their songs became famous in many countries thanks to several versions, mainly from Joe Dassin (for example, “L’eté indien” was actually a song spoken in english by Toto‘s group called “Africa”). Quite unusual for Sanremo, what we get here is a mid-tempo ballad with the funky motives and the airport ambient sounds about the end of a relationship in a mix of spoken and singing dialogue. One of my favourites from this edition, if not, my favourite. The performance has also a mix of normal with theatrical performance in a charismatic way. In my opinion, this is such an interesting song that I could even think of a videoclip in my mind telling the story

=03rd place, 36 pointsSandro Giacobbe – Gli occhi di tua madre

The singer was quite known since he started his carrer in 1972, but his first Sanremo participation would make quite an impact for his carrer throught the rest of 1976. The song makes an alegory out of a platonic love for the mother of his lover on its lyrics. All put in a melodical ballad quite for that time. Eventhough I found this quite overrated, it’s still nice, as well as the performance

02nd place, 40 pointsWess & Dori Ghezzi – Come stai, con chi sei

By then a sucessfull pair of singers and after their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 1975 with the catchy “Era”, finishing in a 3rd place, they finally return to Sanremo after their debut participation three years ago in 1973, when they sung “Tu nella mia vita”. Considered the big favourites to win this Sanremo edition, here we have a heartfelt and sorrow-fied ballad with modern arrangements for that time, without disconnecting itself from the romantic motives of the song about a separated couple that see each other once more, by suprise, and have a conversation about their lifes nowadays. Eventhough they are still feeling the same love flame they once felt before, they know they can’t change anything and they have to go on with their lives. Not only their song was excelent, but their performance, in a way, was also really superb, touching and sincere. One of my favourites as well from this edition and should have really been the winner of Sanremo 1976

01st place, 46 points: Peppino di Capri Non lo faccio più

And finally the song that won the edition. Peppino di Capri (future italian representant in the Eurovision Song Contest 1991 with a song sung in neapolitan) was the most experienced singer by then, as he started his carrer as far as in 1959. From this ballad with an obvious italian musical feeling, always well portrayed in a ballad sung in italian, we get the story and the precise details of a pictoresque (and at the times, surrealistic) love relationship with all its ups and downs. A great performance by the singer and a deserved top-10, but not a winning song in my opinion, considering that there were much better songs that deserved the winner title in Sanremo 1976

After the participation of some of the guest singers such as Rita Pavone and Domenico Modugno, it should have been time for the results. However, the reveal of the winner was only revealed durimg RAI 1‘s news bulletin, TG1, in its late night edition. The full results were later published on the following week by TV-magazine “Sorrisi e Canzoni TV”

In order of ranking, from 1st to 18th, here’s my complete top of this edition (it wasn’t an easy task, by the way):

01: Albatros
02: Wess & Dori Ghezzi
03: Daniel Sentacruz Ensemble
04: Camaleonti
05: Sergio Endrigo
06: Drupi
07: Miko
08: Peppino di Capri
09: Orietta Berti
10: I Profeti
11: Paolo Frescura
12: Ricchi e Poveri & I Nostri Figli
13: La Nuova Gente
14: La Strana Società
15: Sandro Giacobbe
16: Gli Opera
17: Patrizio Sandrelli
18: Carlo Gigli

So, that’s all from the second part of the Festival di Sanremo 1976: Final day opinion and my opinion of it overall. As a final treat, parts of the interval acts provided by Rita Pavone and Domenico Modugno from Sanremo 1976:

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)


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