Ricchi e Poveri
left to right: Sotgiu, Gatti, Brambati and Occhiena
|1967 — Present|
The group was formed in 1967 by Franco Gatti (born 4 October 1942 in Genoa), Angela Brambati (born 20 October 1947 in Genoa), Angelo Sotgiu (born 22 February 1946 in Trinità d'Agultu e Vignola) and Marina Occhiena (born 19 March 1950 in Genoa). The band got their name from Roman songwriter Franco Califano who once joked that they were "spiritually rich and financially poor". Their first public appearance was in Cantagiro 1968 with L'ultimo amore. Ricchi e Poveri has participated in the Sanremo Music Festival several times since 1970; in 1971 they sang there Che sarà, which was performed by José Feliciano and by the composer of the song's music, Jimmy Fontana. 1971 was the last year of the Sanremo festival in which each song was performed twice, each time by a different artist. Ricchi e Poveri gave the second performance of the song, following Feliciano, who had worldwide hits with Italian, Spanish and English versions of the song.
Several groups covered the song, adapting it to different genres including tropical, dance, and various forms of Mexican folk music known as Grupera. The Latino boy band projects Los Chicos and Los Chamos, and the Italo-Dance band Eu4ya also covered the song, but the lyrics were heavily altered; only the chorus line was kept in one verse and the rest was rearranged to make the song more appealing to teenagers.
The song is featured in some film soundtracks: L'Effrontée (1985), Spike of Bensonhurst (1988), High Tension (2003) and Unmade Beds (2009).
As of 2007 the song is still being covered in all genres and it has achieved somewhat of a cult/nostalgia status in several Spanish-speaking countries, as a symbol of a generation. The song was remade in 2008 in German, by Diana Sorbello as "Das ist, weil ich dich liebe" and in 2011, in Dutch, by Monique Smit and Tim Douwsma as "Eén zomeravond met jou".
Ricchi e Poveri held two massive concerts in the Mediterranean island of Malta on the 12 and 13 June 2009. The band's popularity in Malta resulted in another concert on 6 November 2010. Ricchi e Poveri completed a tour of Italy and Slovenia in 2012, followed at the beginning of 2013 with a three song set in the Discoteka 80's concert in Moscow.
In 2016 the group's founder, Franco Gatti, retired from the group at the age of 74.
In 2020 the original line-up reunited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the band's debut at the Sanremo Music Festival.
|Awards and achievements|
| Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest
with "Raggio di luna"
Al Bano and Romina Power
with "Ci sarà"
| Sanremo Music Festival
with "Adesso tu"