12 Jun Lucio Dalla
Dead: 1 March 2012
In: Montreux Palace Hotel, Avenue Claude-Nobs, Montreux, Svizzera
He was an Italian singer-songwriter, musician and actor.
He also played clarinet and keyboards.
Dalla was the composer of "Caruso" (1986), a song dedicated to Italian opera tenor Enrico Caruso, and "L'anno che verrà" (1979).
The 1990 hit single "Attenti al lupo" gave Dalla wider success in Europe. He was invited to duet on Pavarotti and friends, singing his hit "Caruso" with Pavarotti.
In 2010, Dalla came back to work with Francesco De Gregori during the "Work in Progress" tour and album.
Dalla's main influences were to be found in jazz, but his songs ranged from folk ("Attenti al lupo") and pop ("Lunedì"), from Italian singer-songwriters (the albums from Com'è profondo il mare to Dalla) to classical and opera ("Caruso").
Lucio Dalla was outed as gay after his funeral (at which his longterm associate and partner Marco Alemanno, with whom he had shared a house, spoke), although he had not publicly acknowledged this during his life, saying in a 1979 interview "Non mi sento omosessuale" ("I do not feel gay").
This outing sparked debate about Italian society's attitudes towards homosexuality.