The former “Girl of the Piper Club”, Patty Pravo, sang to a sold-out audience in Rome’s Auditorium theater.
Italian singer Nicoletta
Strambelli, Patty Pravo’s real name, played in front of a sold-out audience in
Rome’s Auditorium theater. The 65
year-old Venetian-born singer is still the undisputed queen of Italian pop
music, right behind another incredible icon of Italian music, Mina.
Pravo’s very first single
dates back to 1966, “Ragazzo Triste” (Sad Boy), which she again sang in
Rome. In an incredibile career that now
spans close to 50 years, Pravo has appeared eight times at Italy’s famous yearly
song contest, the “San Remo Festival”.
Pravo’s illustrious musical
past had also included meeting the likes of American poet Ezra Pound and Angelo
Roncalli (better known to the entire world as Pope John XXIII). Her connection with Rome’s legendary Piper night
club dates back to her very early career when at age 15 she left home to live
in London and then in Rome where she began her musical career at the famous
night club. Her first single “Sad Boy”
was the Italian version of Sonny & Cher’s “But You’re Mine” and was
actually broadcast on Vatican Radio.
Given the recent death of
another great singer, Lou Reed, Pravo also sang in Rome “I Giardini di
Kensington” (The Kensington Gardens), a cover version of Reed’s famous “Walk On
The Wild Side”. Pravo was backed-up on
stage by a six-piece band.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
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