Among his pieces, Quant’è bello lu primm’ammore, which cost him a censorship on Rai in the 1960s.
The singer-songwriter and stand-up comedian Toni Santagata died this morning. Antonio Morese at the birth, 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 on Rai in the 1960s, and “Squadra Grande”, the theme song for 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 appearance on video last October 22 at “Today is another day”.