Songwriter Fred Bongusto is dead: the artist has failed a Rome there last night, at 3.30. With "A rotunda on the sea", legendary song of the 60s, conquered the hearts of Italians. The crooner, appreciated from the beginning for its elegant and sensual voice, inevitable for over twenty years in nightclubs and dance halls and piano bars not only in Italy, athe was 84 years old on 6 April (he was born in Campobasso and was registered as a registry office Alfredo Antonio Carlo Buongusto) and for some time he was ill.
The funeral will be celebrated in Rome on Monday 11 November, starting at 3 pm, in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Montesanto (Church of the artists), Piazza del Popolo. In 2007 the President of the Republic Carlo Azeglio Ciampi awarded him the honor of Commendatore of the Italian Republic.
Born in Campobasso, he became known in the early 1960s with the I 4 Loris complex (composed of Renato Silvestri, Loris Boresti, Luciano Bigoni and Nini Mezzet, as well as himself).
Among the first successes Notte d'amore, remaking by Jealous Lover by Charles Williams, in the soundtrack of the cult film The apartment of Billy Wilder.
Then, thanks to the collaboration with Ghigo Agosti, Bella bellissima and Doce doce arrive, before the international boom A round on the sea (1964). Great success also for Malaga, Spaghetti in Detroit, Love stopped, Doce doce, Frida, Three weeks to tell, My summer with you, Monday and Before you were there (victory at the Un disco for summer 1966), A strip of mare, our great love, forgive me love, my summer with you and let's dance, a hit that was very popular among the Latins.
Also important is his production of soundtracks for successful films such as Malizia (candidate for the Silver Ribbon) by Dino Risi and Peccato veniale by Salvatore Samperi, Venga to have coffee with us and La cicala by Alberto Lattuada: his the ending theme Four strokes for Petrosino of the drama, then there was no fiction, Joe Petrosino by Daniele D'Anza.
In 1973 he became the star of Stevie Wonder Superstition under the pseudonym of Fred Goodtaste.
His name intertwines, despite himself, even the chronicles of the years of lead: while he was not at home in 1979
the black terrorists Cristiano Fioravanti and Alessandro Alibrandi beat and robbed his wife Gabriella Palazzoli and the housekeeper by robbing her of money, jewels and even a gold record: a haul of hundreds of millions of lire.
Success did not abandon her even in the eighties: she participated in the Sanremo Festival with Cantare in 1986, then the song was the most performed in that summer.
In 1989, he released the album Le donne piu belle, containing a piece recorded and sung with Il Giardino dei Semplici: 'E fantasme.
Fred Bongusto was appreciated by international stars such as Toquinho (also with Molise roots) and Vinicius de Moraes and up until 12 years ago he performed in South America.
He was missing from the scenes from 22 April 2013 when he sang, In memory of Franco Califano, This our great love.
His buen retreat was in Ischia.
In 2009 the municipal administration of Senigallia he decided to permanently open the rotunda on the sea that inspired his song at civil ceremonial weddings: an elegant wooden building in Belle Epoque style, a white secular temple suspended between sky and sea.
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