Toni Santagata died at 85, his ‘How beautiful lu primm’ammore’

It cost him a Rai censorship in the 1960s

The singer-songwriter Toni Santagata died this morning. Antonio Morese at the registry office, the artist, 85 years old, was originally from Sant’Agata di Puglia, and in 1974 he won ‘Canzonissima’ with the song ‘Lu Maritiello’. Among his pieces, ‘Quant’è bello lu primm’ammore, which cost him a censorship in Rai in the 60s, and’ Squadra Grande ‘, the theme song of the historic TV program’ Golflash ‘. For public TV, among other things, he hosted the children’s program Il dirigibile, while for Radio Rai he hosted and wrote the programs Miramare, Radio taxi, Di riffa o di Raffa, Radio Punk.

Many concerts in Italy and abroad, among which the two evenings of 1976 at Madison Square Garden in New York are memorable. In October 1992 he was hired for a concert in Piazza S. Giovanni in Rome, filmed by Rai 1, which was attended by 500,000 people. Over the course of his career he has written 6 modern musical works. The best known is Padre Pio Santo of Hope, performed in the Vatican in the Paul VI Hall on the evening of the Saint’s canonization. The final song, Padre Pio I need you, has become the official prayer of the saint’s faithful. He was also one of the founders of the National Actors, of which he was the top scorer for a long time.

The last video appeared on October 22 last at ‘Today is another day’.