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Mike Francis
Birth name Michele Francesco Puccioni
Born April 26, 1961
Origin Italy
Died January 30, 2009
Genres Soft AC, Pop
Years active 1984–present
Labels RCA Records

Michele Francesco Puccioni (April 26, 1961 – January 30, 2009), better known under his stage name Mike Francis, was an Italian singer and composer, best known for his 1982 disco hit "Survivor". He was born in Florence.


Francis formed his first band at age 14 with schoolmates from l'Istituto di Studi Americano in Rome. He had his first hit with "Survivor" in 1982 and went on to record ten studio albums.

Among his best known works is also the title Friends, from 1985, a duo with Amii Stewart.

"Since 2000, assisted by his brother Mario (Mari-One) and by the Maltese multi-instrumentalist Aidan Zammit, he has given life to MYSTIC DIVERSIONS." (Source: ) [1]

Songs by Mystic Diversions featured on many high-profile "chill-out" or "lounge" compilations. In addition to new, original song material, the group by Francesco Puccioni (Mike Francis) also did covers of famous 80s songs like Float On (by the FLOATERS), or "Warm Summer Night" (by CHIC).

MYSTIC DIVERSIONS: Francesko (i.e. Francesco Puccioni), Mari-One (Mari-One Puccioni), Aidan Zammit; Live set additional musicians: Drums: Agostino Marangolo, Bass: Fabio Pignatelli, Guitars: Marco Rinalduzzi, Percussion and vocals: Giovanni Imparato, Vocals: Wendy Lewis, Vocals: Laura Serra.[2]

His album "Inspired" followed the cover of Van Morrison's "Someone Like You", realized together with Blank & Jones for "Café del Mar 12". His website states: "From that moment many other songs were born, in a simple and spontaneous way, simply "inspired" ..." [3]

Francis died aged 47 on January 30, 2009 of lung cancer in Rome.[4]

His last compilation album "The very best of Mike Francis (All was missing)" was released just days before his death.


  • 1984 - Let's not talk about it
  • 1985 - Features of love
  • 1986 - Mike Francis
  • 1987 - Songs (compilation)
  • 1988 - Flashes of life
  • 1990 - Live in Manila (live)
  • 1991 - Mike Francis in italiano
  • 1992 - Classics (compilation)
  • 1994 - Francesco innammorato
  • 1995 - The very best - Live (live compilation)
  • 1995 - A different air
  • 1998 - Misteria
  • 1998 - The best of (compilation)
  • 1999 - All rooms with a view
  • 1999 - I grandi successi (compilation)
  • 2000 - I grandi successi originali - "Flashback" (compilation)
  • 2001 - Colours (group "Mystic Diversions")
  • 2002 - Crossing the Liquid Mirror (group "Mystic Diversions")
  • 2005 - Beneath Another Sky (group "Mystic Diversions")
  • 2006 - From the Distance (group "Mystic Diversions")
  • 2007 - Wave a Little Light (group "Mystic Diversions")
  • 2007 - Inspired
  • 2009 - The very best of Mike Francis (All was missing) (compilation)


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  4. ^ Obituary, Corriere (Italian).


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