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Albano Carrisi

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Al Bano
Al Bano in 2014
Al Bano in 2014
Background information
Birth nameAlbano Antonio Carrisi
Also known asAl Bano
Born (1943-05-20) 20 May 1943 (age 81)
OriginCellino San Marco, Italy
  • Singer
  • actor
  • winemaker
Years active1965–present

Albano Antonio Carrisi (Italian: [alˈbaːno karˈriːzi]; born 20 May 1943), better known as Al Bano, is an Italian tenor and actor. Having sold over 25 million records globally and career spanning seven decades,[1] he is one of the most recognisable Italian singers in the world. He has gained worldwide notability due to his four and a half octave vocal range[2] as well as his personal and professional association with Romina Power, daughter of Hollywood actor Tyrone Power, lasting until the 1990s. Carrisi is acclaimed for singing with operatic affinity in pop, rock and italo disco repertoires with extensive head voice and minimal usage of falsetto vocal register.[3] As of 2023, he has participated in 15 editions of the Sanremo Music Festival, tying the record for most participations with Anna Oxa, Milva, Peppino di Capri and Toto Cutugno; this includes a victory in 1984 duetting with Power. He additionally took part in the Sanremo Giovani selection in Sanremo Music Festival.[4]

Biography[change | change source]

He was born in the town of Cellino San Marco (province of Brindisi, Puglia in Southern Italy), where he still lives.

His mother Iolanda Ottino named him Albano because, when he was born, his father Carmelo Carrisi was fighting for Albania for the Royal Italian Army during World War II. He has one brother, Franco Carrisi (Kocis).

Career[change | change source]

Al Bano & Romina Power in 1976

Soon afterwards, he started a musical collaboration with Romina Power (daughter of the American actor Tyrone Power), whom he married in 1970. After their marriage, they recorded "Storia di due innamorati". They sang as the duo Al Bano and Romina Power for almost thirty years; their work has been especially popular in Italy, Austria, France, Spain, Bulgaria, Romania, Greece and Germany. They released "Dialogo" in 1975 and took part in the Eurovision Song Contest 1976 with the song "We'll Live It All Again" ("Noi lo rivivremo di nuovo"). They sang "Sharazan" in 1981 and the following year they took part in the Sanremo Music Festival 1982 with the song "Felicità", which came second.[5] They won first prize in 1984 singing "Ci sarà" and again took part in the Eurovision Song Contest 1985 with "Magic Oh Magic". Both their Eurovision entries placed 7th.[6][7] Other hits of 1987 include: "Nostalgia canaglia" (awarded 3rd prize at Sanremo Music Festival 1987) and "Libertà". Those successful songs were followed by "Cara terra mia", which came in third once more at the Sanremo Music Festival 1989, and "Oggi sposi" which placed 8th at the 1991 Sanremo Music Festival.

In 2005, he starred in the Italian reality show L'isola dei Famosi (Italian version of Celebrity Survivor) with his daughter, Romina Carrisi. Al Bano returned to Sanremo Music Festival in 2007, where he sang "Nel perdono" which came in second place.

Filmography[change | change source]

Year Title Role Notes
1967 Nel sole Carlo Carrera Leading role
1968 L'oro del mondo Carlo Carrera
1969 Il ragazzo che sorride Giorgio
Il suo nome è Donna Rosa Andrea
Pensando a te Carlo
1970 Mezzanotte d'amore Andrea
Angeli senza paradiso Franz Schubert
1984 Champagne in paradiso Marco Allegri
1985 I promessi sposi Renzo Tramaglino
2016 Poveri ma ricchi Himself Cameo appearance
Quo Vado?

Personal life[change | change source]

On 26 July 1970, Al Bano married Romina Power (daughter of the American actor Tyrone Power), who had already started to share her musical career with him, and remained his stage partner for about 30 years.

Carrisi and Power separated in 1999.[8] Their divorce was finalized in 2012.[9] They have a son, Yari (1973), and three daughters: Ylenia Maria (1970) (who went missing in New Orleans in 1994), Cristel Chiara (1985) (starred in the Reality TV show La Fattoria, an Italian version of The Farm) and Romina Iolanda (1987). He has one daughter and one son from girlfriend and showgirl Loredana Lecciso, Jasmine Caterina (2001) and Albano Giovanni (2002).

References[change | change source]

  1. "Al Bano Carrisi: l'agronomo da 25 milioni di dischi venduti convola a nozze con Loredana Lecciso". mauxa.com. 30 July 2013.
  2. "Le Voci Delle Aquile Italiane". The Voice of the Italian Eagles. 28 December 2017.
  3. "Albano Carrisi - singer". Italy On This Day.
  4. "Al Bano: «Vi racconto i miei 16 Sanremo»". La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno (in Italian). 2023-02-07. Retrieved 2023-08-26.
  5. "Festival di Sanremo 1982" (in Italian). www.sorrisi.com. 27 January 2015. Retrieved 2015-08-24.
  6. "Eurovision Song Contest 1976 Year page". www.eurovision.tv. Retrieved 2015-08-10.
  7. "Eurovision Song Contest 1985 Year page". www.eurovision.tv. Retrieved 2015-08-10.
  8. Celi, Rita. "Al Bano e Romina si separano". La Repubblica. Retrieved 25 August 2021.
  9. Venegoni, Arianna (February 3, 2020). "Albano e Romina Power se la meritano una timeline con tutte le tappe della loro storia d'amore". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved 25 August 2021.

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