Addio a Enzo Jannacci
March 30, 2013 8:05 PM   Subscribe

Enzo Jannacci, a father of Italian rock and roll, jazz musician, actor, writer, comedian, and doctor had a 50+ year career in Italy. He died yesterday of cancer at the age of 77. His biggest hit song, 1968's Ho Vista un Re (I Saw a King), written by the 1997 Nobel Prize winner for Literature Dario Fo and Eugenio Esposito, was banned on RAI TV and radio, due to its subversive lyrics. Jannacci performed and worked until illness forced his retirement in 2011, though still beloved by Italians of all ages.
posted by droplet (3 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

"Ho Visto un Re" sounds like it would make a great musical number on stage.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 11:28 PM on March 30, 2013

yeah, pretty much.
posted by darkripper at 3:14 AM on March 31, 2013

Dario Fo anything is absolutely always worth chasing down, especially if you like your politics workingman-left and your farce broad and zany. I've rarely laughed as hard as I did reading the climax of Trumpets and Raspberries. I wish I could see his stuff performed as it was meant to be, on the factory floor.
posted by ariel_caliban at 8:29 AM on March 31, 2013

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