“L’Italiano (Lasciatemi Cantare)” (commonly known as “L’Italiano”) is an Italianpop song by Toto Cutugno released in 1983. It was his biggest international hit and is his best-known composition. The song was forgotten during the 1990s and was re-discovered when Toto Cutugno performed it live at a charity concert in Rome commemorating Italy’s victory at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, creating a new wave of popularity for this song.
In 1976, Toto Cutugno participated for the first time in the Sanremo Music Festival coming up with third place with his band Albatros with the song, Volo 504. He then won in 1980 with the song “Solo noi”.
However, Cutugno’s iconic 1983 song “L’italiano” (“The Italian”) revived Italian folklore with the song’s lyrics and a melody that provided an affirmation of the typical Italian. It was initially intended for Adriano Celentano, who declined. The song was only fifth in Sanremo but was a big hit all over the world.
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