The successful Italian singer Franco Battiato has died at his home in Sicily at the age of 76, according to his family. Musician, writer, documentary scriptwriter and also painter under the pseudonym Suphan Barzani, Battiato represented Italy at Eurovision 1984 with the song “I treni di Tozeur”, in duet with Alice.
During his 56-year musical career, the Sicilian artist has recorded dozens of albums of various styles: romantic music, rock, light music, ethnic music, experimental music and avant-garde music, etc. He was even the first Italian artist to sell a million copies of an album. He did it with the revolutionary “La voce del Padrone” (1981). In 1984, he was chosen internally to represent Italy in Eurovision with the singer Alice. They sang the song “I treni di Tozeur” and got a fifth place in the final ranking.
Photo: Álex Zea (La Opinión de Málaga).
Battiato leaves an amazing legacy to Italian music and we are very proud that a star like him stepped onto the Eurovision stage. From the Eurovoxx team we send our condolences to Battiato’s family and friends, as well as the Eurovision fan community in Italy.