Thursday, February 25, 2016

Dancing Around: Paolo Conte and "Ho Ballato di Tutto"

Paolo Conte, probably because I have a lot of his stuff, is a recurring subject of the random tune. Today's song, Ho Ballato di Tutto, is very representative of his style. Conte was born in Asti in the Piedmont region of Italy, and he began his music career as a vibraphone player traveling in local and touring bands. He started writing songs early on in his career with his brother Giorgio but eventually began writing on his own. His star rose in the 60s and 70s as he was the main creative songwriter behind hits of other well-known Italian artists. His solo career commenced in 1974. His songs are known for being evocative of colorful and dreamy Italian and Mediterranean sounds. His music is often jazzy, reminiscent of South America and French singers, and filled with a wistful melancholy. His music has also been used in many movies. Ho Ballato di Tutto can be found on his compilation CD The Best of Paolo Conte (1998).