Dalla, Lucio
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Singer-songwriter One of Italy’s foremost singer-songwriters (see cantautori), Dalla began his musical career in 1959, abandoning school in order to play clarinet with the Roma New Orleans Jazz Band. Encouraged by Gino Paoli, whom he met in 1963, Dalla started singing but was markedly unsuccessful until appearing at the Sanremo Festival in 1965. His first big hit, however, was ‘4 marzo ‘43’ (4 March 1943), which became a best-selling single in 1971. In 1974 he struck up a fertile partnership with poet, Roberto Roversi, which resulted in three major albums and a more theatrical style of live performance with a greater commitment to social criticism.