Nicola di Bari- Il Cuore e’ una’ Zingaro (The heart is a gypsy)

Nicola di Bari

“Il Cuore e’ uno Zingaro”

The Heart is a Gypsy

Nicola Di Bari, born Michele Scommegna on 29 September 1940, is an Italian singer, composer and actor. He is considered one of the “sacred monsters” of Italian pop music.

Nicola di Bari

Even if you don’t understand the words this is a great song.

“Il cuore è uno zingaro” (Italian for “The heart is a gypsy”) is a song composed by Franco Migliacci (lyrics) and Claudio Mattone (music). The song won the twenty-first edition of the Sanremo Music Festival, with a double performance by Nicola Di Bari and Nada. It had been initially planned to be performed by Di Bari and José Feliciano. The Di Bari’s version peaked at first place for six weeks on the Italian hit parade.

The song was later covered by several artists, including Al Martino in America. 

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Born in Zapponeta, Apulia, Di Bari was the youngest of ten children in a family of farmers. He gave up his accountancy studies to go to work in the North Italy, and after a brief stop in Rome he moved in Milan where he made many different jobs. In 1962, in Cologno Monzese, he won a song contest with a song of which he was also the author, “Piano pianino”. In 1964 he got his first commercial success with the song “Amore ritorna a casa”. Between 1965 and 1967 he entered the competition at three editions of the Sanremo Music Festival, in couple with Gene Pitney.

In 1970 Di Bari obtained a great commercial and critical success with the song “La prima cosa bella”, which ranked second at the Sanremo Music Festival and first on the Italian hit parade. In 1971 he won the Sanremo Music Festival and Canzonissima, with the songs “Il cuore è uno zingaro” and “Chitarra suona più piano”. In 1972, he won again the Sanremo Festival and represented Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “I giorni dell’arcobaleno” (“The Days of the Rainbow”). In the following years Di Bari grew his international popularity, especially in Latin America, where he recorded several albums in Spanish and where he gradually focused his career.

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