Biography of Zucchero
Italian Singer Songwriters
Adelmo Fornaciari, whose stage name is Zucchero, moved to Forte dei Marmi with all of his family when he was thirteen. This is where he began his musical career, performing with various groups as a singer, saxophone-player and guitarist. He began to make a name for himself as a composer for his colleagues ("Tutto di te" for Fred Bongusto), he won the Castrocaro Festival with "Canto te", participated in the Sanremo Song Festival twice with "Una notte che vola via" (1982) and "Nuvola" (1983). The results were somewhat modest – as for his debut album called "Un po' di Zucchero" (1983): at this point he fell into a slump and only thanks to his friendship with Gino Paoli and later his meeting with the producer Corrado Rustici was he able to overcome the crisis. With the help of talented North-American musicians from the rock-blues genre, first and foremost the bass player Randy Jackson, the artist from Emilia set off on a successful period in his great career: the song that marked this change of course was “Donne”, presented at the 1985 edition of the Sanremo Song Festival. Although it only ranked second-to-last, it finally led him to fame and to success. The road was unhindered from then on: the LP entitled “Rispetto" (1986), which included various songs that were destined to become long-standing hits by Zucchero such as the title-track of "Come il sole all'improvviso" and "Canzone triste' that sold 250,000 copies. And this recorded slightly less than one-fifth of the sales of his next album called "Blue's" (1987); this was perhaps his masterpiece, containing a long list of unforgettable songs such as "Senza una donna", "Con le mani", "Pippo" and "Dune mosse". Zucchero had become the most famous Italian rocker, the only one who was appreciated and esteemed abroad: this magical moment was confirmed by his subsequent LP called "Oro, incenso e birra" (1988). The album envisaged the participation of Eric Clapton (he played the guitar in "Wonderful World") and Francesco De Gregori (who composed the lyrics of "Diamante"). At this point the singer’s activities turned hectic: after having recorded “Without a Woman” together with Paul Young (the English version of “Senza una donna”), “Mad About You” together with Sting (namely the English version of “Muoio per te”), he set off on a concert tour that culminated with the recording called "Live at the Kremlin" (1991). "Miserere" (1992) had triumphant results, beginning with the title-track that was written together with Bono from the U2 and that was later performed in a duet with Luciano Pavarotti. The star of the only Italian bluesman continued to shine through CDs that were more or less convincing (Spirito divino", 1995; "Bluesugar", 1998; "Overdose d'amore", 1999; "Shake", 2000; "Zu & Co.", 2004; "Fly", 2006) and hits that were more or less overwhelming ("Così celeste", "X colpa di chi?", "Menta e rosmarino", "Baila", "Il grande baboomba", "Bacco perbacco"). Perhaps the originality of his first works has partially gone lost, but the class of “Sugar” has absolutely remained the same.