Even before the early death of Italian singer/songwriter Lucio Battisti at the age of 55, he was considered among the most legendary and influential musicians and songwriters in Italian rock and pop. Battisti was born on March 5, 1943 in the small town of Poggio Bustone, in Rieti, Italy. His family relocated to Rome in 1950, and by the mid-'60s, Battisti was performing in local bands, one of which was named Campioni. Interested in pursuing a career in music, Battisti relocated to Milan (Italy's musical headquarters), where he sought the aid of a French talent scout, Christine Leroux. Leroux took Battisti under her wing, and he penned three sizeable hits in 1966 for other artists ("Per Una Lira" for Ribelli, "Dolce di Giorno" for Dik Dik, and "Uno in Più" for Riki Maiocchi). Battisti continued to write tunes for others in the late '60s, ...
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