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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 ...) :

  • L'ultimo amore 1968

  • L'amore è una cosa meravigliosa 1970

  • Che sarà 1971

  • Una musica 1973

  • Coriandoli si di noi 1975

  • Il mio canto 1976

  • Ma se ghe pensu 1977

  • Questo amore 1978

  • E no, e no 1980

  • Sara perche ti amo 1981

  • M'innamoro di te 1981

  • Made in Italy 1982

  • Mamma Maria 1982

  • Cosa sei 1983

  • Voulez-vous danser ? 1983

  • Se m’innamoro 1985

  • Dimmi quando 1985

  • Nascerà Gesù 1988

  • Chi voglio sei tu 1989

  • Buona giornata 1990

  • Baciamoci 1994

  • Ciao ciao 1999

  • Se mi innamoro 1999

  • Se mi ami 1999

  • Amore e odio 2012

  • Musica vita mia 2012

  • Dimmi che mi 2012


Clips :

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

1970 ... in a style so typical of the early 1970s, the group displays possibilities that suggest a continuation of the most interesting ...

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 ...

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

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 !

1977 ... a new proof with this sumptuous title. A title which allows the group to mix its different voices in an optimal way. Once again MA-GIC !

1978 ... the group impresses with its plethora of titles. Each year, it is a minimum of 2, 3 or even 4 minimum titles. 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ?

1983 ... 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 !

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 !

1985 ... an 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 planetary mega hits is over

1988 ... already 20 years of existence on the clock and the trio is in good shape, to say the least. Will he pass the course of 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 !

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...

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


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