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Franco De Vita

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Franco De Vita (born January 23, 1954 in Caracas, Venezuela) is a singer-songwriter popular in Latin music.

One of three children born in Latin America to Italian immigrants, De Vita’s family returned to Italy when he was 3. The family moved back to Venezuela when De Vita was 13, and he later studied piano at the university level.

In 1982, De Vita formed the group Icaro, which released one self-titled album in his homeland. Two years later, he released his first disc as a solo artist, simply titled Franco De Vita. The album spun off three Spanish-language hits: “Somos Tres,” “No Hay Cielo” and “Un Buen Perdedor.” His 1986 album Fantasía produced several more hits, including the title song and “Aquí Estás Otra Vez.” “Sólo Importas Tú,” taken from the album, was used as the theme song to the Spanish-language soap opera La Dama De Rosa. He appeared in the end credits of every episode, performing the song at the piano.

Seeking wider international exposure, De Vita moved to the Sony label for the 1988 album Al Norte Del Sur. A critical and commercial smash, the album cemented his reputation as a purveyor of socially-conscious, adult-oriented pop, particularly through the tunes “Te Amo” and “Louis.” The latter song, about a daydreaming cabbie who idolizes The Beatles, was promoted with a music video considered quite advanced for its time. De Vita’s 1990 album Extranjero featured the song “No Basta,” which spent four weeks at No. 1 on the U.S. Latin charts and won an MTV Video Music Award.

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