(born 21 October 1947 in Pontedera, Province of Pisa, Italy) is an Italian singer.Early careerRiccardo Fogli was born on 21 October 1947 in Pontedera. He was fond of music since his childhood. In the 1960s, he became a fan of The Beatles, which also influenced his decision to start his career as a singer.In 1964, at the age of 17, Fogli joined Slenders. Two years later, in 1966, he became the lead singer of Pooh. In 1973, he left Pooh and started his solo career; however, later on he performed many songs together with Pooh, most notably Giorni cantati
"The Days Sung Together".In 1973, Riccardo issued his first album Ciao amore come stai
(Hello, Love, How Are You?
), which was followed by his second album Riccardo Fogli
in 1976; the song "Mondo" ("World") from this album became a hit. However, it was not until the early 1980s that Fogli eventually worked out his style of performance.
The 1980s were a pinnacle of success for Riccardo Fogli. In this period, the lyrics of his songs became more philosophical and his singing manner became more emotional. It was in the 1980s that Fogli gained overwhelming popularity both within and outside Italy. In 1981, Fogli performed one of his most famous and lyrical song, "Malinconia" ("Melancholy"), and in 1982 he was a winner at Festival di Sanremo with his another hit "Storie di tutti i giorni" ("Everyday Stories"), where he out-did even the duet of Al Bano and Romina Power with their hit "Felicità" ("Happiness"). Since then, Riccardo Fogli became world famous; his 1982 album Collezione
) was issued in nearly a million copies in Western Europe, Japan and the USSR, where he became particularly popular.Riccardo Fogli participated in Eurovision Song Contest with the entry "Per Lucia" ("For Lucia") in 1983, where he finished in 11th place and received 41 points. Also, he was married to an Italian singer Viola Valentino but then divorced.