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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)


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


The influence for the Eurovision Song Contest was no other than the Sanremo Festival, also known as Festival della canzone italiana, because it’s an italian music festival where there’s a winning song since 1951. The festival has been the preselection for selecting an italian entry and/or artist for ESC, both official and/or internal and at times, inadvertly (from 1956 to 1966, 1972, 1997 and recently in 2011 and 2012)

But we’re going to one of the editions that wasn’t set as selection for an ESC edition, but is still quite rich musically: the 20th Sanremo Festival 1976. More precisely, in the final day of the competition on 21st February 1976

Held for the last time in the Casinò Municipale di Sanremo theater, this edition came with a few changes after the failure of the previous edition: radio DJ Giancarlo Guardabassi was the host of the three nights (Domenico Modugno, ESC italian representant in 1958, 1959 and 1966 was initially chosen as the host, but refused. Still, he went there as a guest singer), with the visual presentation being envisioned as a radio presentation, much like it was done in USA; a big number of international stars were invited as guest singers and a high selection of profile artists for Sanremo 1976 were chosen and the orchestra was abolished (there was still live vocal performances, though)

After a brief introduction by the presenter, the parade of songs would begin. Since I don’t known the order of appearance of the songs, I’ll present the songs with their respective results at the end of the show from the 18th place to the 1st place. In this 1st part, it will be from the 18th to the 10th placed songs:

18th place, 3 points: La Nuova Gente – Che sarei

Formerly a group named Gens, it was composed by three members of the first reffered group that had been disabanded by 1974 and that had debuted as La Nuova Gente the previous year with a single release. It seemed like a vogue for italian bands to perform romantic ballads in that decade as we find one. And it’s a very nice one, with some nice key changes and a melodical and emotional line attached to it. The performance was nice as well

17th place, 5 pointsI Profeti – Cercati un’anima

Otherwise a known band back then, they were in fact almost coming to an end (in 1977, the band would cease their work definitively), but not without coming to the Sanremo stage for the first and last time. A emotional entry about a broken relationship with well-made arrangements and heartfelt lyrics. No problems about their good performance either

=15th place, 6 pointsMiko – Signora tu

A large amount of time passed between the year he started his carrer in 1964 as Don Miko to his first Sanremo participation in 1976 as Miko (and his carrer is still on-going as various names) and this comes with a song he co-wrote (his real name is, therefore, Pier Michele Bozzetti). In a alegory and contemplation of all the women in the world, here we have a quite strong ballad with a positive melancholic feeling. The middle of the song, though, is a bit of a letdown. Quite strong performance in it as well that night

=15th place, 6 pointsSergio Endrigo – Quando c’era il mare

Formerly a Sanremo winner in, for example, 1968 and 1969 and an ESC participant in 1968 with “Marianne”, he comes once again to the competition after having it done so the last time in 1973 and as always with a song written by himself. A ballad with an italian flavour about the man’s platonic love relationship that does its best in the more somber parts and puts the light parts at half. At times, when I hear this, I think of François Truffaut‘s 1967 critical flop but cult hit movie “La mariée était en noir” (“The bride wore black”)… at least, the somber parts. The performance is indeed agile and emotional enough, without falling into the over-the-top visual performance moves

14th place, 9 pointsPatrizio Sandrelli – Piccola donna, addio

The sucess he had the previous year with “Fratello in amore” was merely responsible for his first and sole participation in the competition, although he started his carrer in 1971 (and would end in 1979). A not bad romantic ballad about the end of a relationship, altough there were better songs in this edition. And the performance was good, although not as memorable

13th place, 10 pointsRicchi e Poveri & I Nostri Figli – Due storie dei musicanti

Ricchi & Poveri were already a known group by the time they performed (actually, they participated a couple times before in Sanremo, one of which granting them a hit that transcended internationally thanks to several cover versions (“Chi sarà” in 1971) and would later represent Italy in Eurovision Song Contest 1978. I Nostri Figli were a group of children that were making their first steps, culminating in the 80’s providing an italian original song for the transmission of the 1975-1976 japanese anime series, “Mitsubachi Maya no Bouken” and its 1978-1979 sequel “Shin Mitsubachi Maya no Bouken”. The funny song aimed at a more familiar audience was actually a combination of two songs from the homonimous album: “I-o bau coccodè miao” e “Il mio canto”. An original sounding one for the competition, the performance was quite sweet and adventurous as well

12th place, 11 pointsLa Strana Società – Andiamo via

Also debutants in the competition, the group had started their carrer in 1971 with some degree of sucess before being invited to participate in Sanremo that year. Much like the power ballads that were making such sucess internationally thanks to I Santo California, this love declaration ballad is sweet and tender. The spoken parts only add much mysticism to it. The performance of that night was simply nice and tender as well

11th place, 16 pointsOrietta Berti – Omar

A household singer since 1962, Orietta Berti has already been in several Sanremo editions and this edition would not be an exception. This one has a special catch, though: the catchy gypsy flavoured entry dedicated to her recently born son, Omar, was backed by a highly odd performance that featured dancers and chorists in gypsy clothes. A very memorable performance, indeed, and a “guilty pleasure” kind of song

10th place, 19 pointsI Camaleonti – Cuore di vetro

Although they started their carrers in 1963 and reached some sucesses in the 60’s, their artistic and commercial peak is in the 70’s, with songs like “Perchè ti amo” becoming evergreens. By the time they participated in this Sanremo edition, they were not newcomers as they participated before in 1970 and 1973. One of my favourites in this edition, it’s an emotional “on a verge of a break-up” ballad in which the person in question affirms that without her, his heart would be a “heart of stone”. The performance only adds the greatness of the song, simply touching. Underrated on the final night, indeed

That’s all from the first part of the Festival di Sanremo 1976: Final day opinion. The 2nd part will come soon, but as a final treat, the video of the opening of the final day of Sanremo 1976 (as broadcasted by TVE (Spain) in a repeat by defunct TV-memory channel, Canal Nostalgia. The Sanremo Festival was also, at the time, broadcasted worldwide for the EBU members that would want to broadcast it so. RTP would do it at times in those years):

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)