Lucio Dalla

March 2, 2012 by staff 

Lucio Dalla, Italian singer Lucio Dalla performs on Feb. 16 during the 62d edition of the Sanremo Song Festival, in Sanremo, Italy. Lucio Dalla, 68, one of Italy’s most prolific singer-songwriters, died Thursday in Switzerland during a European concert tour.

Mr. Dalla apparently died of a heart attack in a Montreux hotel after eating breakfast, according to his agency, Ph.D srl Music Management, which is based in Mr. Dalla’s native city of Bologna, Italy.

His musical roots were in jazz, but his songs ranged from folk to pop to classical to opera, creating a soundtrack beloved by generations of Italians.

Mr. Dalla wrote all his own lyrics in a career that spanned decades. He was also a noted musician, playing the clarinet, saxophone and piano.

Mr. Dalla’s haunting melody “Caruso” sold 9 million copies worldwide and was sung by the late opera great Luciano Pavarotti with Dalla at a 1992 concert in Modena.

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