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Romano Mussolini
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Romano Mussolini (September 26, 1927 - February 3, 2006) was the third and youngest son of Benito Mussolini, fascist dictator of Italy from 1922 to 1943. Romano was never involved in politics, but rather was a well-appreciated jazz pianist, painter, and an unsuccessful film producer.

A native of Forlì (Emilia-Romagna), Romano Mussolini studied music as a child playing classical pieces with his father on the violin.

After World War II, he started playing jazz under an assumed name and by the mid 1950s, he had formed a trio. Romano Mussolini released a self-titled record through RCA Records in 1956. By the 1960s, he had formed the “Romano Mussolini All Stars”, which became one of Italy’s foremost jazz bands.

The All Stars recorded a well-received record Jazz Allo Studio 7 in 1963 with At the Santa Tecla following a year later. Mussolini’s band toured internationally with artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington and Chet Baker. In the 1990s, Mussolini recorded two more albums, Perfect Alibi and Soft and Swing.

Mussolini married Anna Maria Scicolone, the sister of actress Sophia Loren. They had two daughters, Elisabetta, and Alessandra Mussolini, who is currently a member of the European Parliament, and leads an Italian right-wing neo-fascist party, Alternativa Sociale. With his second wife, the actress Carla Puccini, he had a third daughter, Rachele, named after his mother (Donna Rachele Mussolini).

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