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Biography

  • Born

    11 January 1926

  • Born In

    Castelfranco Veneto, Treviso, Veneto, Italy

  • Died

    12 February 2017 (aged 91)

Giusto Pio (11 January 1926 — 12 February 2017) was an Italian musician and songwriter. Born at Castelfranco Veneto, he studied music in Venice. Later he was engaged as violinist in the RAI orchestra of Milan.

In the late 1970's and early 1980's he became popular as a long-standing collaborator of singer-songwriter Franco Battiato, by whom he was initially hired as violin teacher. Apart from working as a producer and musician on several successful albums with Battiato (including L'era del cinghiale bianco and La voce del padrone), Pio also collaborated with him as a producer for several singers such as Milva, Alice and Giuni Russo. In 1984 Pio, Battiato and lyricist Saro Cosentino penned the Eurovision Song Contest entry I treni di Tozeur, performed by Battiato and Alice, which finished 5th in the contest and became a considerable commercial success in Continental Europe and Scandinavia. Pio also released two instrumental LPs (also in collaboration with Battiato) under his own name, entitled Legione straniera (1982) and Restoration - The Ancient School of Restoration (1983).

Discography

Motore immobile (1978)
Legione straniera (1982)
Restoration - The Ancient School of Restoration (1983)
Note (1987)
Alla corte di Nefertiti (1988)
Attraverso i cieli (1990)
Utopie (1990)
Missa populi (a S.S. Giovanni Paolo II) (1995)
Le vie dell'oro (2000)

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