Gianni Morandi
Gianni Morandi (2005)
Gianni Morandi (2005)
Background information
Birth nameGian Luigi Morandi
Born (1944-12-11) 11 December 1944 (age 77)
Monghidoro, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Musica leggera[1]
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actor
  • television personality
  • showman
Double bass
Years active1962–present
LabelsRCA, Epic

Gianni Morandi (Italian pronunciation: [ˈdʒanni moˈrandi]; born 11 December 1944) is an Italian pop singer, actor and entertainer.[2]

Early life

Gian Luigi Morandi was born in a little village called Monghidoro on the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines. His father Renato was active within the Italian Communist Party and Gianni used to help him sell the party newspapers. At an early age Morandi worked as a shoe-shiner, cobbler and as a vendor of sweets in the village's only cinema. His vocal abilities led him to a number of small gigs, some of which were during the Communist Party’s activities.[citation needed]


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Gianni Morandi during Eurovision Song Contest 1970
Gianni Morandi during Eurovision Song Contest 1970

He made his debut in 1962 and quickly placed high at or won a number of Italian popular song festivals, including the Canzonissima festival in 1969. In 1962 he was signed by RCA Italiana and achieved national stardom with the song "Fatti mandare dalla mamma", and remained Italy’s darling throughout that decade.

In 1970, he represented Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest with "Occhi di ragazza". His career went into a decline in the 1970s but underwent a revival in the 1980s. He won the Festival of Sanremo in 1987 with "Si può dare di più" together with Enrico Ruggeri and Umberto Tozzi, placed second in 1995 and third in 2000 and 2022.

It is estimated that Morandi has sold 50 million recordings.[3]

He has written a number of autobiographical books and appeared in 18 films. In TV he played Claude Jade's husband Davide in the 1984 TV series Voglia di volare. He also played as actor in several TV series, as well as the host in popular Italian television shows.

In 1966 he married actress Laura Efrikian, with whom he played in several Musicarelli films together.[4] The couple divorced in 1979.[5]

Morandi was chosen to be the presenter of Sanremo Music Festival 2011, together with Belén Rodriguez and Elisabetta Canalis. They were joined by comedians Luca Bizzarri and Paolo Kessisoglu from Italia 1's satire show Le Iene.[6] In October 2011, he was confirmed as the presenter of the Sanremo Music Festival 2012.[7]

At the beginning of 2016, Gianni Morandi started a tour called "Capitani Coraggiosi Tour" with Claudio Baglioni. A double album will be published on February 5.[8] In 2017 he sang with Fabio Rovazzi the song "Volare", a big hit.

In 2019 his 1964 song "In ginocchio da te" gained renewed popularity as it was featured in one of the main scenes of the South Korean movie Parasite, which won four Oscars the following year, including Best Picture.

Morandi participated at the 2022 Sanremo Festival, where his song "Apri Tutte le Porte" finished in 3rd place, in a competition of 25 other singers.


Studio albums

Live albums


Film roles
Title Year Role Notes
In ginocchio da te 1964 Gianni Traimonti
Highest Pressure 1965 Himself Cameo appearance
Se non avessi più te Gianni Traimonti
Non son degno di te
Mi vedrai tornare 1966 Gianni Aleardi
Per amore... per magia... 1967 Aladdin
Chimera 1968 Gianni Raimondi
A Pocketful of Chestnuts 1970 Luigi Vivarelli
Il provinciale 1971 Giovanni
La cosa buffa 1972 Antonio
Società e responsabilità molto limitata 1973 Enea Marano
Natale a casa Deejay 2004 Himself Cameo appearance
Padroni di casa 2012 Fausto Mieli
The Pills - Sempre meglio che lavorare 2016 Himself Cameo appearance
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
1967 TuttoTotò Himself Italian TV Series; episode: "Totò Ciak"
Dietro le quinte - Gianni Morandi & Patti Pravo Himself Co-host, alongside Patti Pravo
1969 Stasera Gianni Morandi Himself Host
1970 Canzonissima Himself Musical performer & winner
1975 Alle nove della sera Himself Host
1978–1979 10 Hertz Himself Co-host alongside Carla Carbone
1982 Tutti insieme Himself Host
Movie Movie Himself Host
1984 Voglia di Volare Davide Italian TV Miniseries; 4 episodes
1985 Voglia di Cantare Paolo Fontana Italian TV Miniseries; 4 episodes
1987 La voglia di vincere Marco Italian TV Miniseries: 3 episodes
1990 Gianni Morandi: Questa è la storia Himself Host
1992 Svalutation Himself Regular guest
1993 In fuga per la vita Michele Italian TV Miniseries; 3 episodes
1995 La voce del cuore Daniele Montero Italian TV Miniseries; 4 episodes
1998 La forza dell'amore Fabrizio Italian TV Miniseries; 3 episodes
1999 C'era un ragazzo Himself/ Various Musical show, host
2000–2003 Un disco per l'estate Himself Regular guest
2004 Stasera Gianni Morandi Himself Host
2006 Non facciamoci prendere dal panico Himself Variety show
2011 Sanremo Music Festival Himself Annual music festival
2012 Himself Annual music festival
2013 Gianni Morandi - Live in Arena Himself Live concert
2014 Zelig Himself Variety show; 4th episode
2015 Capitani coraggiosi Himself Co-host alongside Claudio Baglioni
2016 Untraditional Himself Italian TV Series; episode: "Un ricco spuntino"
2017–2019 L'isola di Pietro Dr. Pietro Sereni Italian TV Series; 18 episodes, Lead actor
2018 Io e Lucio Himself TV Special; co-host

Awards and honors


Gianni Morandi (left) with Adriano Celentano in 2009
Gianni Morandi (left) with Adriano Celentano in 2009
  1. ^ Luca Beatrice (2016). Per i ladri e le puttane sono Gesù bambino. Vita e opere di Lucio Dalla. Baldini&Castoldi. ISBN 978-88-6865-789-5.
  2. ^ a b "248970 Giannimorandi (2007 BC49)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Gianni Morandi in numeri - Pop - News - Virgilio Musica". 20 September 2012. Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 10 November 2012.
  4. ^ Enrico Lancia, Roberto Poppi. Dizionario del cinema italiano - Le Attrici. Gremese Editore, 2003. ISBN 888440214X.
  5. ^ Vivì Zizzo (1 February 2011). "Laura Efrikian torna a parlare. Intervista esclusiva alla prima moglie di Gianni Morandi". Oggi. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
  6. ^ Renato Franco (10 May 2010). "Festival di Sanremo, ok a Morandi. Ci saranno anche Belen ed Elisabetta". Corriere della Sera (in Italian). Italy. p. 41. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  7. ^ "Il Morandi bis sul palco di Sanremo. Adesso è ufficiale: lo condurrò io". La Stampa (in Italian). 13 October 2011. Archived from the original on 17 December 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2012.
  8. ^ "Baglioni e Morandi, il gran ritorno: "Capitani coraggiosi" di nuovo in tour". Spettacoli - La Repubblica. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  9. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. pp. 179 & 264. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
  10. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 2 September 2019.