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At only 19 (in 1974) Tozzi had his first success as a songwriter, with the song Un corpo, un'anima (lit. "One body, one spirit"), co-written with Damiano Dattoli and performed by Wess and Dori Ghezzi. It appeared on Canzonissima, an Italian music programme running from 1969-1975.
In 1976, he released his first album, Donna amante mia ("My loving woman"), from which came the single Io camminerò ("I will walk") which at the time had been sung with great success by Fausto Leali. In 1977 Ti amo was released, one of Tozzi's most famous songs, which stayed at number one in the Italian charts for seven months, outselling every other record.
1978 saw the release of Tu, and the followng year Tozzi recorded perhaps his most famous song, Gloria. The interpretation by American singer Laura Branigan first brought Tozzi's name to attention in the USA. The early years of the 1980s saw the release of the album Tozzi, recorded in concert with a band of American musicians - his first live record.
After a period of absence from the music scene, the idea came together for another collaboration, and in 1987 won the San Remo Music Festival with the song Si può dare di più ("Dare you to move"), sung with Gianni Morandi and Enrico Ruggeri. 1987 was also the year of Gente di mare ("People of the sea"), performed with Raf at Eurovision which saw them take third place. 1988 saw the release of his second live album, The Royal Albert Hall.
In the 1990s, Tozzi continued to record, resulting in songs such as Gli altri siamo noi ("We are all the same"), the album Equivocando, Il grido ("The outcry") and Aria e cielo ("Air and sky"). He also released a greatest hits compilation, Le mie canzoni ("My songs").
In 2000 and 2005, he performed at the San Remo Music Festival with Un'altra vita ("Another life") and Le Parole ("The words"). Between the two participations, he released a duet with French singer Lena Ka of his classic Ti amo as Ti amo (Rien que des mots). Tozzi also released another greatest hits compilation, a 2-disc set entitled The best of, and another single, E non volo.
Umberto Tozzi remains one of the most popular Italian singers abroad, and in the course of his career has sold more than 32 million records.
Taken from Wikipedia