His Vocational Education
Born in the island of Burano on 24 November 1941, into a family of musicians, Giuseppe "Pino" Donaggio began studying violin at the age of 10, first at the Benedetto Marcello conservatory in Venice, and later at the Giuseppe Verdi conservatory in Milan.
His natural talent brought him, at the age of 14, to debut as soloist in a Vivaldi Concert for the Italia Radio, and later to work with Solisti Veneti and Solisti di Milano.
The discovery of rock and roll during a summer holiday in 1959 ended his classical career and made him debut as singer with Paul Anka.
From this moment on he started writing his own songs and in a few years Pino Donaggio became one of the smartest Italian singers and songwriters.
The Singer Career
His singer career began in the early years of '60s, with Donaggio's performances at the Festival di San Remo, in 1961, 1963, 1964.
Always a great success. Even if he probably secretly preferred songwriting to performing on stage.
Still at the Festival, in 1965, he performed one of his best songs "Io che non vivo (senza te)".
A triumph that sold 60.000.000 copies worldwide, even turned by Elvis Presley into the famous "You don't have to say you love me", the english translation of the same song.
Other famous songs are: "Come sinfonia", "Il cane di stoffa", "Giovane giovane" and "Una casa in cima al mondo".
His career in songwriting increased during the '70s, when he wrote songs for many famous Italian singers, such as Enzo Jannacci.
In 2001 Pino Donaggio took part of the panel for the 51st Festival di San Remo.
The Cinema World
Pino Donaggio has always been considered a very versatile artist, so his debut as soundtrack composer came really natural.
His first work goes back to 1973, with the soundtrack for "Don't Look Now", directed by Nicholas Roeg, starring Donald Sutherland.
The magazine "Films and Filming" elected the song as best soundtrack of the year.
Later in 1976 Pino Donaggio started his cooperation with Brian De Palma, writing the soundtracks for "Dressed to Kill", "Blow out" and "Raising Chain".
- "Antonio, guerriero di Dio" by Antonello Belluco, Sandro Cecca
- "La Terra" by Sergio Rubini
- "Ti piace Hitchcock?" by Dario Argento
- "Concorso di Colpa" by Claudio Fragasso
- "Pontormo - Un amore eretico " by Giovanni Fago
- "L'anima gemella" by Sergio Rubini
- "Tra due mondi" by Fabio Conversi
- "I banchieri di Dio" by Giuseppe Ferrara
- "Sulla spiaggia e di là dal molo" by Giovanni Fago
- "Trasgredire" by Tinto Brass
- "Up at the Villa" by Philip Haas
- "Terra bruciata" by Fabio Segatori
- "Un uomo perbene" by Maurizio Zaccaro
- "Prima del tramonto" by Stefano Incerti
- "Il Mio West" by Leonardo Pieraccioni
- "Monella" by Tinto Brass
- "Coppia omicida" by Claudio Fragasso
- "Il carniere" by Maurizio Zaccaro
- "La terza luna" by Matteo Bellinelli
- "L'arcano incantatore" by Pupi Avati
- "Festival" by Pupi Avati
- "Oblivion 2: Backlash" by Sam Irvin
- "Squillo" by Carlo Vanzina
- "Un eroe borghese" by Michele Placido
- "Marciando nel buio" by Massimo Spano
- "Mollo tutto" by José María Sánchez Silva
- "Palermo Milano solo andata" by Claudio Fragasso
- "Segreto di stato" by Giuseppe Ferrara
- "Soldato ignoto" by Marcello Aliprandi
- "Never Talk to a Stranger" by Peter Hall
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