Piero De Benedictis

Fecha de Nacimiento: 16/04/1945
Edad: 73 Signo: Aries
Ocupación: Singer

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Piero De Benedictis is an Italian-born Argentine singer/songwiter who also holds Colombian and Italian citizenship. When he was three years old, De Benedictis' family moved from Italy to Argentina. He grew up in suburban Buenos Aires, and, for a time, during his youth, he attended a Catholic seminary. Initially De Benedictis sang songs in Italian, including the single, "Alla Cara, Cara Nonna", but after teaming up with lyricist Jose Tcherkaski, he won the Third Festival Buenos Aires de la Canción in 1969 with the Spanish song "Como Somos", performed by Fedra and Maximiliano. He quickly became very popular in Argentina, and elsewhere in Latin America. His first two albums, the eponymous "Piero", and "Pedro Nadie", contained any number of hits: "Mi Viejo", Juan Boliche", "Vengo", "Tengo la Piel Cansada de la Tarde", "De Ves en Cuando Viene Bien Dormir", "Pedro Nadie", "Llegando, Llegaste", and "Y Todo Los Dias." With his third album, "Coplas de Mi Pais", Piero presented a set of intermittently political songs, including "Los Americanos", a good-natured sendup of North Americans written by Alberto Cortez, and the powerful "Coplas de Mi Pais", which testifies to years of impoverishment and political repression in Argentina. And with this third album, Piero initiated a trend towards releasing live versions of new songs, performed before a very audible audience--in many cases, never recording complimentary studio versions. Here, too, Piero's sense of humor emerges, his natural yet precise delivery, his comedian's sense of timing, and way with an audience. A comic chorus, and elaborate satirical musical settings, augment the humor, including musical references, in "Los Americanos," to the song America, by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, from the musical, West Side Story; to "Theme of Exodus," by Ernest Gold, from the motion picture, Exodus; and to Anchors Aweigh, the unofficial "theme song" of the United States Navy.