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Zucchero

Adelmo Fornaciari is the real name of the talented Italian musician more commonly known to the world by his nickname Zucchero ("Sugar"), given to him by an elementary school teacher. He began playing the guitar in his home province of Reggio Emilia, focusing on music in the blues/R&B mold. As a teenager in the early '70s, he founded a local band called Le Nuove Luci. He formed another group, Sugar and Candies, in 1978, and began writing as well -- Italian pop songs for other artists, and more blues-oriented material for himself.

Zucchero garnered a great deal of success in 1981 when he won the Castrocaro Festival, which led to performances at the 1982 and 1983 Sanremo Festivals. Increased exposure gave him a chance to release his own solo album, 1983's Un Po' Di Zucchero. His song "Donne," performed with the newly formed Zucchero & the Randy Jackson Band, caused a sensation at the 1985 Sanremo Festival; even though "Donne" didn't win, it did become a hit. This introduced the Zucchero blend of Italian pop and electric blues to a larger audience.

During the late '80s and early '90s, he became one of the best-selling artists in Italy and a favorite all over Europe. He performed at 1994's Woodstock Festival, and appeared with Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, the Scorpions, and Luciano Pavarotti; still, his worldwide audience remained limited. In the new millennium, Zucchero's success continued as a performer and an award-winning songwriter. In 2002, he released a very successful solo album, Shake. Three years later, Zu & Co. offered a collection of duets with some of his (mainly) non-Italian fans, including Eric Clapton, Macy Gray, and Sheryl Crow. It was followed in 2006 by Fly, recorded by Don Was in Los Angeles. Fly became a major hit, earning platinum in Switzerland and a rare diamond certification in Italy.

Naturally, Zucchero returned to California for his next major album, 2010's Chocabeck. Produced by Was, it included high-profile guests like Brian Wilson and Brendan O'Brien. The album topped the charts in Italy, and also proved popular in Germany and Switzerland. The 2012 album, La Sesiòn Cubana, was recorded entirely in Cuba, as was a live album, Una Rosa Blanca, which appeared in late 2013. ~ Aaron Latham
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Selected Discography

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Track List: La Sesion Cubana (Deluxe Version)

1. Nena

2. Baila (Sexy Thing)

3. Un Kilo

4. Never Is A Moment

5. Guantanamera (Guajira)

6. Cuba Libre

7. L'Urlo

8. Everybody 's Got To Learn Sometime

9. Love Is All Around (Still)

10. Cosi Celeste

13. Sabor A Ti

14. Indaco Dagli Occhi Del Cielo

15. Love Is All Around

16. Baila Morena

17. Cuba Libre (Mi Amor)

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Track List: Chocabeck

1. Life

2. Someone Else's Tears

3. Soldati Nella Mia Citta

4. Glory

5. Devil In My Mirror

6. Oltre Le Rive

7. Gotta Feeling

8. Spirit Together

9. Too Late

10. In The Sky

11. God Bless The Child

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Track List: Chocabeck [Italian Version]

1. Un Soffio Caldo

2. Il Suono Della Domenica

3. Soldati Nella Mia Citta

4. E' Un Peccato Morir

5. Vedo Nero

6. Oltre Le Rive

7. Un Uovo Sodo

8. Chocabeck

9. Alla Fine

10. Spicinfrin Boy

11. God Bless The Child

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Track List: The Best Of Zucchero Sugar Fornaciari: Greatest Hits

3. Dame Mi Sol

4. Diamante

5. Senza Una Donna

6. El Diablo En Mi

7. Chicas

8. Wonderful World

9. My Love

10. She's My Baby

12. Va, Pensiero

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Track List: Zucchero & Co.

1. I Lay Down

4. Baila Morena

5. Dune Mosse

7. Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime

9. A Wonderful World

11. Cosi Celeste

14. Miserere

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Track List: Zucchero

1. Diamante

2. Wonderful World

3. Il Mare

4. Mama

5. Dunes Of Mercy

6. Senza Una Donna

7. You're Losing Me

8. Solo Una Sana

9. You've Chosen Me

10. Diavolo In Me

11. Overdose (D'amore)

12. Nice (Nietzsche) Che Dice

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b heart
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My love !! Yes when I c lightening .. YOUR HEART BEATING
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maggiekksb
Your heart???ligh t n i n g scene??what song??
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gypsyme3
That lightning !! Scene in this song .. YOUR HEART !!
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maggiekksb
Bryan Adams. Everything I Do
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maggiekksb
My favorite of his is My Love����‍��‍
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Fiero di essere Italiano
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Grande zucchero
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gypsyme3
I so listened to this 2 Yrs ago !! Great song !!
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gypsyme3
GO TO PROFILE TOUCH EDIT .. Import pic from camera roll
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Sno p .. Share title ? May b for someone else .. Curious re title
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maggiekksb
If I knew how to put a picture on here would be nice. I guess I need a Facebook account..
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maggiekksb
Nice beat
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Z. My Love
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maggiekksb
Zucchero nothing but Bailo????
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meshagl
OH he is good!
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My heart is healing....e a c h note resonates with my present moment with inspiration and serenity
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chapa953
Passion straight from his soul. Love his style too
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Fuk YeAH! :-)
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I created this station cause I got the Devil in me! Ahahaha
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Didn't realize he was a Woodstock. I was blown away when I saw Bocelli and Zucchero together. Then I saw the old video of Pavarotti, a young Bocelli, and Zucchero. The music! Words cannot express the beauty!
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Zucchero is the best of Blues from Italy!
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I am obsessed with Zucchero's music!!
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vincentmamma r e l l a
Zucchero rocks, going to see him live next week in Melbourne!
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have seen him three times in Chicago and he never lets you down
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doritmakeup
the best ....
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Buy his album's. What a great collection, you'll never get tired of listening to.. Seen him twice in Boston. Zucchero, Please come back to New England
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mandese
Zucchero, Ti Amo!
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r.chioino
Just started listening to Zucchero. Absolutyly love his songs and especially the style. I'm looking forward to his next album.

Ciao
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I first heard about this artist during a visit to Germany. Popular singer in Europe. America needs to discover him.
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I have bought everything i can get my hands on, what a wonderful talent that i have missed for all these years. To see him in concert just went to the top of my to do list!
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I've been listening to him since the beginning of his career. His music has always been (and still is) the soundtrack of my life. Long life to Zucchero, the real King of the Blues!
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anniegirl53
Just saw Sugar tonight in Cranston, RI at the Park Theatre. What an incredible show! Maybe 700 people max, great acoustics and an incredibly tight band behind him. One of the best shows I've seen in a while (in any language). While it's too bad more people aren't exposed to his music, I won't complain as I got to see him in an incredibly intimate setting and feel like I almost have him all to myself. That made my month!!!
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The best!! His voice.....
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sabino1150
zucchero , you are a real sweet....... the best !!!!!!
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markhunz
Do not understand much of what he is singing about - just love his voice and music!!!
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I saw Zucchero in concert at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside,Pa a few years ago. The entire crowd was Italian complete with open shirts, hairy chests, gaudy bling, cigarettes hanging from their lips, big hair, Capri pants and high heels. My wife and I were the only ones who were speaking in English. The concert was complete mayhem. It was like we came to see the Beatles. Zucchero ruled and the crowd was eating out of his hands and hanging on every note. I've never been at a more exciting show
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asdourianj
awesome blend of Euro and American R & B /Blues sounds...bet t e r than some of the Blues coming out of the U.S. These days!
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gna78
I love this music !!! It is very expressive - a terrific voice !!
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I saw him up-close in Somerville, MA, in the Somerville Theater a while ago.
A small theater, an intimate concert that was, in one word, awesome!
I couldn't believe that I only had to spend about $40 to see and hear him up close!
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Zucchero just appeared in NYC at the Mandela Day concert in celebration of Mandela's 91 st birthday. He was knock-you-so c k s - o f f amazing.
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I love this man's voice!!!
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p_hebron
This guy is awesome. Wish he did more.
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I've been listening to Zucchero for a few years and just can't get enough, in any languages. Does he give concerts? Does he come to the States?
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quaquaduck
Very good
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I never heard of Mr. Sugar until I was skiming through the unfortunatel y slim collection of internationa l music at Borders... or one of those big "book" stores. coulda been B&A idk.. anyway I came across the Zucchero & Co. cd and was impressed by the samples I head and bought it and it was deffinately worth it.

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carolinamon1
america is missibg out on this artist. I've introduced alot of people to him and they are all blown away. Aloha, Hawaii.
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Senza una donna - Without a woman. Beautiful song!
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If I ever met a man who would sing to me like Z and mean it, I would follow him ANYWHERE!!!! ! I could listen to this music forever.
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Takes my breath away.....
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