Patty Pravo Biography

Strambelli studied at the conservatory institute of Benedetto Marcello and was an acquaintance of the American poet Ezra Pound and Angelo Roncalli (Pope John XXIII). At the age of fifteen, she left home to live in London and then Rome where she began her career singing in the Piper Club. In 1966 she made her first single, "Ragazzo Triste" (Sad Boy), the Italian version of the song "But You're Mine" by Sonny & Cher. It was the first pop song broadcast on Vatican Radio.

Patty Pravo followed that by recording numerous songs, the most popular being "Qui e là" (Here and There), "Se Perdo Te" ("If I Lose You", 1967), "La Bambola" ("The Doll", 1968), "Sentimento" ("Feeling", 1968), "Tripoli '69" (1969), "Il Paradiso" ("The Heaven", written by Lucio Battisti in 1969), "La solitudine" ("The loneliness", with Robert Charlebois) "Pazza Idea" ("Crazy Idea", 1973) and "Pensiero Stupendo" ("Stupendous Thought", 1978). She has been featured on many Italian television programmes and in 1970 she hosted her own programme called Bravo-Pravo!, broadcast on French television. She became a symbol for women of the 1960s, exemplifying their evolution from more established conservative roles.

Patty is blonde and has a lithe body. Her act also features a deep, husky voice, suited for rock and dramatic musicals. In 1978, she appeared on a TV show called Stryx, wearing provocative clothing which attracted much attention. Over the years she became more prolific, and by 1994 was travelling to China to record her album Ideogrammi. In 1995 she returned to Italy and re-emerged in 1997 with the #1 hit "E Dimmi Che Non Vuoi Morire" (And Tell Me That You Don't Want To Die), written by Vasco Rossi. In 2004, she released four albums. Patty Pravo has taken part in the Sanremo Music Festival seven times. Her last Italian top 10 album has been her 2004 set Nic-Unic.
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