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Gigliola Cinquetti
Born December 20, 1947 (1947-12-20) (age 62)
Origin Verona, Veneto, Italy
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Years active 1964–1993

Gigliola Cinquetti (born 20 December 1947 in Verona, Italy) is an Italian singer, TV presenter and journalist.



At the age of 16 she won the Sanremo Music Festival in 1964 singing "Non Ho L'Età" ("I'm Not Old Enough"), with music composed by Nicola Salerno and lyrics by Mario Panzeri. Her victory enabled her to represent Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest 1964 with the same song, and she went on to claim her country's first ever victory in the event. This became an international success, even entering UK Singles Chart,[1 ] traditionally unusual for Italian material. In 1966, she recorded "Dio, come ti amo" ("God, How I Love You"), which became another worldwide hit.

Sanremo performances

In the following occasions, Gigliola Cinquetti performed at the Sanremo Music Festival

  • 1964 "Non ho l'età (Per amarti)" - coupled with Patricia Carli
  • 1965 "Ho bisogno di vederti" - coupled with Connie Francis
  • 1966 "Dio come ti amo" - coupled with Domenico Modugno
  • 1968 "Sera" - coupled with Giuliana Valci
  • 1969 "La pioggia" - coupled with France Gall
  • 1970 "Romantico blues" coupled with Bobby Solo
  • 1971 "Rose nel buio" - coupled with Ray Conniff
  • 1972 "Gira l'amore (Caro bebè)"
  • 1973 "Mistero"
  • 1985 "Chiamalo amore"'
  • 1989 "Ciao"
  • 1995 "Giovane vecchio cuore"

Censored in 1974

She returned to fame in Eurovision Song Contest 1974, again representing Italy. Performing the song "" ("Yes"), the music and lyrics of which were written by Mario Panzeri, Daniele Pace, Lorenzo Pilat and Carrado Conti, she finished second behind "Waterloo", sung by Sweden's ABBA.

According to author and historian, John Kennedy O'Connor's, The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official History, the live telecast of her song was banned in her home country by the Italian national broadcaster RAI, as the event partially coincided with the campaigning for the 1974 Italian referendum on divorce which was held a month later in May.[2]

RAI censored the song because of concerns that the name and lyrics of the song (which constantly repeated the word 'Sì') could be accused of being a subliminal message and a form of propaganda to influence the Italian voting public to vote 'Yes' in the referendum.[3] The song remained censored on most Italian state TV and radio stations for over a month.

An English language version of the song, "Go (Before You Break My Heart)", reached number 8 in the UK Singles Chart in June 1974.[1 ][4]

Later career

One of her other songs, "Alle Porte del Sole" (released in 1973), was re-recorded in English (as "Door of the Sun") and Italian by Al Martino, two years after its initial release, and reached #17 on Billboard's Hot 100 in the United States. Cinquetti's own English version of the song was released as a single by CBS Records in August 1974, with her original 1973 Italian version on the B-side.

Cinquetti went on to co-host the Eurovision Song Contest 1991 with Toto Cutugno, who had brought the event to Italy with his victory in Zagreb the previous year - the country's first win in the contest since her own twenty-six years earlier.

In the 1990s she became a professional journalist and TV presenter, and she currently hosts the current affairs programme Italia Rai on RAI International.

Selected discography


Single A-sides

See also

See also


  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 107. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.  
  2. ^ O'Connor, John Kennedy. The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official History. Carlton Books, UK. 2007 ISBN 978-1-84442-994-3
  3. ^
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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Grethe and Jørgen Ingmann
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
France Gall
Preceded by
Emilio Pericoli
Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Bobby Solo
Preceded by
Massimo Ranieri
Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Wess & Dori Ghezzi
Preceded by
Helga Vlahović & Oliver Mlakar
Eurovision Song Contest presenter
(with Toto Cutugno)
Succeeded by
Lydia Cappolicchio & Harald Treutiger


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