An Introduction to Modern Italian Music

Posted on: June 21, 2011

Those of us who are the baby boomer children of Italian immigrants were raised, not only on pasta, pizza and other delicacies, but also on a steady diet of popular music from our parents’ homeland.

We all recall listening to CHIN radio and vinyl 45s drenching our homes and vehicles with the music of such greats as:

Gianni Morandi
Bobby Solo
Caterina Caselli
I Pu
Ricchi & Poveri
Albano
Rita Pavone
Mina
Patty Bravo

…and the list goes on and on…I am sure you can come up with dozens of other Italian music stars of the 50s, 60s, and 70s.

The good news for those of you who have not been following the evolution of Italian music into this millennium is that there is a whole new generation (or two) of great musical artists. In this and future blogs we will be highlighting the musical talent that Italy has generated over the last two decades.

As a primer, I will simply list a few of them with links to websites so that you can wet your appetite. In future blog postings I will focus on a different artist each time and invite your comments and questions.

Tiziano Ferro
Nek
Giorgia
Ligabue
Negramaro
Laura Pausini
Eros Ramazzotti

Happy listening!

A presto,

Charles