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“Piu bella cosa” by Eros Ramazzotti

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A lot happened in the summer of ’96–there was the Euro 96 (where was it held?), in which England beat Scotland (boo!) with a wonder goal from Paul Gascoigne. I watched this all in Italy, while munching on bars of Kinder Fetta al Latte! Now there is only one song that reminds me of this period, and that is the unforgettable smash hit Piu’ Bella Cosa by Eros Ramazzotti.

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“Grande” di Paolo Vallesi

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This song was one of the entrants in the Festivalbar music competition back in 1996. I remember hearing it back then, when I was in Florence, and thinking what a great song it is. At the time, I couldn’t really tell the words apart (then again, it’s hard even with many songs in English!) and I didn’t know the name of the song or the singer. Terrible, I know. 😦 All I could remember, for many years, was this piece of the chorus going “Caminestraaai la LA la la LA.”

Now, this means nothing at all, so it wasn’t much use trying to search for the phrase on the web. However, I recently found a page in Italian Wikipedia listing all the entrants in Festivalbar ’96. After listening to a few of the songs on YouTube, I finally found it: ‘Grande’ by Paolo Vallesi. Oh, and the funny phrase I remembered was actually “Fra mille strade, stelle, e guai”. My 13-year old self had heard the ‘F’ as a ‘C’ and just stitched the entire sentence into one word!