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Salvatore Adamo

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Comiso, Sicily, Italy (1963 – present)

Salvatore, Knight Adamo, simply known as Adamo (born 1 November 1943, in Comiso, Sicily, Italy) is a Belgian – Italian composer and singer of ballads, mainly in French, but also in other languages such as German, Italian and Spanish. He had commercial success during the 1960s and 1970s, mostly in Europe and Latin America, but also in Japan and the United States. Now he lives in Belgium. He is of Sicilian/Italian ancestry.

Adamo is one of the most commercially successful singers in Europe. Adamo has sold over 80 million copies of his albums worldwide. He is currently living in Belgium though he has lived in France with his family. His hits include “Tombe la neige”, “Vous permettez, monsieur?” and “Inch’Allah”, all from the sixties.

Adamo’s early influences were the poetry of Victor Hugo, the music of French crooners such as Jacques Prévert or Georges Brassens, and the Italian canzonette. He started singing and composing his own songs from an early age. His debut was in a Radio Luxembourg competition, where he participated as singer and composer of the song “Si j’osais” (“If I dared”) winning the competition’s final held in Paris, in 14 February 1960.

Adamo’s first hit was “Sans Toi, Ma Mie”, in 1963, from his debut album 63/64. He followed this with a series of hits, “Tombe la neige” (“The snow falls”), “Vous permettez, monsieur?” (“May I, Sir”), “La Nuit” (“The Night”) (1964)

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