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Federico Monti Arduini (AKA Il Guardiano del Faro) was already well-known throughout Europe as a musician, composer, record producer and television personality.

As a composer he wrote many Italian hit songs for various important (local and foreign) singers such as "Ma Ci Pensi" by Mina, " Il Primo Bacio che Darò" by Gigliola Cinquetti, "Dolce Amor" by Frankie Avalon, "Dolci Sogni" by Santo & Johnny, and "Solo Tu" by Orietta Berti. "Solo Tu" was also recorded in English by Cliff Richard (All My Love), and sold over 12 milion units worldwide.

As an artist/musician/composer, in late 1972, under the nick- name of "Il Guardiano Del Faro" he reached the N° 1 position in the top ten chart with the song " Il Gabbiano Infelice". In late 1975, with his song " Amore Grande Amore Libero" he won one of the most important music contests in Italy (Un disco per l'estate), again reaching the n° 1 chart position. In that same year he was awarded the "Telegatto" award as the "Most Popular Artist of the Year".

He also composed and scored several movie soundtracks such as " La Orca" directed by Eriprando Visconti. As a producer he recorded many international artists (Frankie Avalon, Santo & Johnny) and had many records in the Italian top ten charts. As a television personality, he was a regular guest on several television shows as "Blitz," "Blu Domenica," and "Il Sabato." He also had his own television show, " Il Cappello sulle ventitrè," which ran on Saturday nights for two years. For nearly 15 years he was the Managing Director of the Pop Music publishing group of G.Ricordi & C., one of the most influential Italian music companies during that period and, from 1972 to 1975 was the General A&R Manager and Assistant to the President of the Polydor/PolyGram Record Division in Italy. He founded Cafè Concerto Music Publishing in June 1996. He is now a member of the foreign Committee of SIAE (the Italian performing and mechanical society) and President of EMA, the most powerful music publishing association in Italy. He is also member of the board of directors of the IMPC/CIEM, the International Music Publishers Confederation which deals with all matters relating to Copyright laws with the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
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