Adriano Celentano

Adriano Celentano (Italian pronunciation: [adriˈano tʃelenˈtano]; born 6 January 1938) is an Italian singer, songwriter, comedian, actor, film director and TV host. Celentano is the best-selling artist in Italy with Mina, and the best-selling male italian singer with more than 150 million records to date. Celentano was born in Milan at 14 Via Gluck, about which he later wrote the famous song "Il ragazzo della via Gluck" ("The boy from Gluck Street"). His parents were from Foggia, in Apulia, and had moved north for work. According to urban legend, before beginning his singing career, Celentano was a student of Ghigo Agosti during Agosti's 1955-1956 Northern Italian tour, which was also guitarist Giorgio Gaber's debut. Heavily influenced by his idol Elvis Presley and the 1950s rock revolution and by the American actor Jerry Lewis, he has retained his popularity in Italy for the last 40 years, selling millions of records and appearing in numerous TV shows and movies. In the latter respect, he has also been a creator of a comic genre, with his characteristic walking and his facial expressions.


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