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Ricchi & Poveri is an Italian group formed in 1967 and originally composed of Franco Gatti, Angela Brambati, Angelo Sotgiu and Marina Occhiena, a group which can boast of having sold no less than 20 million records to date.

Group that will remain mainly in the musical history of the 80s thanks to the enormous single "Sarà perché ti amo", single which was released in 1981 and which will remain as one of the most emblematic titles of the decade on the Italian side.

As such alone, we had to devote this article to them.

To discover or rediscover...


Discography (among others ...) :

60s Decade :

  • L'ultimo amore 1968

  • La mia libertà 1968

  • Si fa chiara la notte 1969

70s Decade :

  • L'amore è una cosa meravigliosa 1970

  • La prima cosa bella 1970

  • In questa città 1970

  • Primo fiore primo sole 1970

  • Che sarà 1971

  • Limpido fiume del sud 1971

  • Un diadema di ciliege 1972

  • Pomerrigio d'estate 1972

  • Una musica 1973

  • Dolce fruto 1973

  • Piccolo amore mio 1973

  • Penso sorrido e canto 1974

  • Povera bimba 1974

  • Non pensarci più 1974

  • Coriandoli si di noi 1975

  • Il mio canto 1976

  • Duo storie di musicanti 1976

  • Ma se ghe pensu 1977

  • Questo amore 1978

80s Decade :

  • E no, e no 1980

  • Sara perche ti amo 1981

  • M'innamoro di te 1981

  • Come vorrei 1982

  • Made in Italy 1982

  • Piccolo amore 1982

  • Mamma Maria 1983

  • Ciao Italy, ciao amore 1983

  • Cosa sei 1984

  • Voulez-vous danser ? 1984

  • Hasta la vista 1984

  • Se m’innamoro 1985

  • Dimmi quando 1986

  • Canzone d'amore 1987

  • Cocco bello Africa 1987

  • Nascerà gesù 1988

  • Chi voglio sei tu 1989

90s Decade :

  • Buona giornata 1990

  • Una domenica con te 1991

  • Cosi lontani 1992

  • Baciamoci 1994

  • Ciao ciao 1999

  • Se mi innamoro 1999

  • Se mi ami 1999

2010s Decade :

  • Amore e odio 2012

  • Musica vita mia 2012

  • Dimmi che mi 2012

  • Marikita 2017


Tracks :

1968 ... the very first title of a small group whose saga will span over thirty years, just that. And what better way to start than this luxury cover of one of Robert Knight's flagship titles from 1967...

1968...from the first titles this quartet shows more than obvious potential. It now remains to be seen what they will do with this potential in the years to come... is clear that we are much stronger as a group of 4 than alone. It is precisely this surplus that will be the strength of this group...

1970 ... in a style so typical of the early 1970s, the group displays possibilities that suggest a continuation of the most interesting ... just 2 years the group has already established himself as one of the biggest revelations of the moment and this is only just reward... addition there is quality and quantity which can only make them one of the groups to watch as a priority...

1970...the group really impresses with its level of mastery at the very beginning of the 70s. Everything seems easy to them, to say the least...

1971 ... the 1970s saw the group operate at 4, which was not the case for the next. But whether they work at 3 or 4, the result will be the same, especially on this title which propels them to the front of the stage in a shattering way. The same title which will be repeated the following year by a certain Mike Brant under the title 'Qui Saura'. And yes, it is indeed the same song ... that the dynamic is perfectly in place, all they have to do is unroll. And to unroll, it will unroll !

1972...the level of productivity is truly impressive at the start of the decade and we wonder if they will be able to maintain such a pace indefinitely... least for the moment everything is going well for them and there is therefore no need to worry about what happens next...

1973...the rise in power is inexorable and the group begins to establish himself as one of the biggest phenomena of the moment. Especially when he delivers copies of this style...

1973...of course not all their titles will end up at No.1 in the Charts but there is almost no waste in their production of titles, which is to say...

1973...a year 1973 which will not necessarily remain as their best vintage but they continue their adventure quietly but above all surely...

1974...paradoxically it was not during this 70s that they will reach the top of the mountain. But they're getting close anyway... any case they are doing everything necessary to get there. After all, a career is built over the long term and sometimes you have to be patient to achieve the Grail...

1974...a mid-70s which sees them in great shape in any case which can only reassure once again about the sequel to come...

1975 ... in a fresh and airy style, their style is mainly based on ballads and it works perfectly during this decade...

1976 ... they confirm an obvious talent for the Intimist, in particular through titles like this one. A title which literally floats in the air and which simply feels good. MA-GIC !

1976...small year 1976 with very few titles produced that year. It happens even to the best, it is clear...

1977...another absolutely sumptuous title with finesse. A title that allows the group to mix their different voices optimally. Once again MA-GIC !

1978...the group still impresses with its plethora of production of titles. Each year, it’s a minimum of 2, 3 or even 4 titles minimum. An inspiration in perpetual boiling and which is surely one of the most prolific of the moment...

1980 ... a change of decade which rhymes with acceleration of the tempo and change of tone. A shift that will pay off given what is looming on the horizon ...

1981 ... then comes THIS title. The title which establishes them definitively and indisputably as one of the flagship groups of the moment. Here they are quite simply signing one of the biggest Dance hits of the decade, a mega hit which makes them enter once and for all in the musical legends of the 80s. MAS-TER-FUL !

1981 ... after the Dance gem, here comes almost the equivalent in the Intimist register. The group is in incredible Olympic form which literally makes them walk on water. MA-GIC !

1982...impossible for this title to compete with its 2 predecessors, that's clear. But that in no way detracts from its quality...

1982 ... the Dance dynamic does not weaken by an Iota and allows them to produce this kind of song, rhythmic while being particularly light and airy. Typical of Made in Italy at the start of the decade...

1982...the group is really on cloud nine at the start of the 80s and everything they produce ends up as a top hit. Quite a feat !

1983 ... in the same vein. Their good humor is communicative and indisputably brings a breath of fresh air that is really good. The joy of living will forever remain one of the essential qualities of this decidedly extraordinary group !

1983...already 15 years that the group has been at the head of the leading pack and it seems set to last a little longer. At least we hope so...

1984 ... one of the most prolific inspiration of the past 15 years. And almost every time titles of very high caliber, even anthology. Who says better ?

1984 ... one of the rare groups to have been able to cross the 1960s, then the 1970s, then the 1980s. A longevity reserved for the best and only for those who have been able to adapt and stick to the times, necessarily !

1984...well, we're not going to lie, the best years are now behind them. The group arrives at a career crossroads that they will have to negotiate delicately, to say the least...

1985 ... year after year, title after title, the Success Story continues. And even if the group will never be able to match the success of 'Sarà perché ti amo', everything they have offered alongside is of high quality, it is clear ! Italian sound typical of this mid-decade. A unique know-how that allows them to stand out from the crowd, even if the time for mega global hits is over...

1987...a second part of the 80s which will still prove more complicated to understand than expected. Attention danger...

1987...success is now limited exclusively to Italy and it will be like that until the end. The group is struggling to reinvent himself at the end of the 80s and is paying a high price...

1988...already 20 years of existence under the clock and the trio is in good shape, to say the least. Will they make it through the next decade ? Good question...

1989 ... how did they get through the decades with such ease ? Simply by constantly adapting. A new proof with this title perfectly in tune with the times...

1990 ... we wondered if they would move on to the next decade. The proof is here. Fourth decade crossed and few wrinkles on the clock. A longevity worthy of the greatest !

1991...the group resists as best it can in the face of competition which gives them fewer and fewer gifts. For how much longer... least for the moment it's holding up, with more and more difficulty but it's holding up. A desire to believe in it until the end which is nice to see in any case...

1994 ... well, this time, we are well and truly at the end of the adventure. Because there, the gap becomes really too obvious with the competition. But what a great adventure in the end with a plethora of titles including several anthology. Forza Italia !

1999...we arrive at the end of the adventure at the highest level but surely not at the end of the adventure itself. Because at first sight they still have things to offer and especially to sing ! always it's the grassroots fans who are delighted to see them come back every time. Especially since what they continue to offer is far from devoid of interest...

1999...certainly the best years are now behind them but it is obvious that as long as they take pleasure in doing what they do they will continue the adventure at all costs...

2012...we will lose sight of them for more than 10 years but here they are again. With each title we tell ourselves that it may be the last and each time they come back for our greatest pleasure... is clear that they produce less and less new titles and that what they offer now is mainly covers of their old titles. But there are still some new things...

2012... so we can imagine that this title will surely not be the last. Because we now know with them nothing is ever finished...

2017...and no actually it wasn't the last because here they are again. So it just remains to be seen now when they decide to come back next time...

Top Bonus : here they are updating their 1968 title. How to make something new with something old, as they say...


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