Popular singer and songwriter Lucio Dalla has died in Switzerland of a heart attack. He would have been 69 years old on 4th March. Mr Dalla had just started a new tour and had also participated in the Sanremo Song Festival in February.
Born in Bologna, he was considered one of Italy’s friendlier cantautori duting the sixties and seventies, and has continued to have hit songs since. His first hit was entiled 4 Marzo 1943 the date of his birth, which also debuted at Sanremo. Although mostly recording as a solo artist, he has enjoyed numerous successful projects with other artists such as Francesco De Gregori, Gianni Morandi and Luciano Pavarotti. One of his best known songs was Caruso, dedicated to the Neapolitan tenor Enrico Caruso.
Dalla was awarded the Ordine al merito della Repubblica Italiana, the highest ranking honour of the Republic, by the Italian President in 2003.