Italian singer and songwriter Lucio Dalla has died in Switzerland at the age of 68.
Dalla died on Thursday morning (March 1) from a heart attack.
Dalla was midway through a European tour and had performed the night before in Montreux.
Dalla was one of Italy’s best-known songwriters. When Luciano Pavarotti recorded his ‘Caruso’, it sold over 9 million copies. Andrea Bocelli also recorded the song for his ‘Romanza’ album. That sold over 20 million worldwide. Josh Groban then covered it on his second album ‘Closer’.
The first Lucio Dalla album was ‘1999’ in 1966 but his first album of original songs did not come until 1977. He recorded dozens of albums during his career, the most recent was ‘Angoli Neil Cielo’ in 2010.
Dalla composed for many of Italy’s famous film directors including Mario Monicelli and Carlo Verdone.
A funeral service for Lucia Dalla will be held in his hometown of Bologna this weekend.
The announcement at his official website reads:
Tomorrow, Saturday, March 3, 2012 from 9:30 in the Courtyard of Honour the Palazzo d’Accursio (Town Hall) in Piazza Maggiore Bologna, will be held the funeral for a final farewell to Lucio Dalla.
The religious service, in private, will be held on Sunday 4
March 2012 at 14:30 in the Basilica of San Petronio (Piazza More) Bologna.
Domani, sabato 3 marzo 2012 dalle ore 9:30 , nel Cortile D’Onore del Palazzo d’Accursio (Palazzo Comunale) in piazza Maggiore a Bologna, verrà allestita la Camera Ardente per l’estremo saluto a Lucio Dalla.
La funzione religiosa, in forma privata, si terrà domenica 4 marzo 2012 alle ore 14:30 nella Basilica di San Petronio (Piazza Maggiore) Bologna.