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Salvatore Adamo, standing, striking a pose, 1967.

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Salvatore Adamo, standing, striking a pose, 1967.
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Salvatore Adamo, standing, striking a pose, 1967.
Salvatore Adamo, standing, striking a pose, 1967.
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Salvatore Adamo, standing, striking a pose, 1967. Salvatore Adamo, known as Adamo (born 1 November 1943, Comiso, Sicily, Italy), is a Belgian musician and singer. He first gained popularity throughout Europe and later in the Middle East, Latin America, Japan, and the United States. He has sold more than 80 million albums and 20 million singles making him one of the most commercially successful musicians in the world.[1] He mainly performs in French but has also sung in English, German, Italian, Spanish and Turkish. "Tombe la neige", "La nuit", and "Inch'Allah remain his best known songs. He is currently the best selling Belgian musician of all time. Adamo's early influences were the poetry of Victor Hugo and Jacques Prévert, the music of French singer-songwriters like Georges Brassens, and the Italian canzonette. He started singing and composing his own songs from an early age. His debut was in a Radio Luxembourg competition, where he participated as singer and composer of the song "Si j'osais" ("If I dared") winning the competition's final held in Paris on 14 February 1960.[citation needed] Adamo's first hits was "Sans toi, ma mie", in 1963, from his debut album 63/64. He followed this with a series of hits, the most famous being "Tombe la neige" ("The snow falls") in 1963, "La Nuit" ("The Night") in 1964, "Inch'Allah". The self-penned "Petit bonheur" sold over one million copies by April 1970, and was awarded a gold disc.[2] Adamo has sold over 100 million copies of recordings worldwide. He has recorded in many languages and, besides France and Belgium, had hits in Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Turkey and also in Japan, where he toured repeatedly. Adamo has had hits and toured also in Latin America and throughout the Middle East. In Chile, the audience awarded him an appreciation prize known as the "Antorcha" (Gold and Silver Torch) at the "Festival de Viña del Mar" held yearly in the "Quinta Vergara", at the seaside resort of Viña del Mar, where he once had to sing in three different, sold-out venues in the same night. In the 1980s, Adamo's career faltered, as the style of his music was no longer fashionable. Since the 1990s, however, and on the crest of a nostalgia wave, Adamo has successfully resumed composing, issuing records and touring, starting with a full season at the Casino de Paris venue in April 1990.[3] Adamo briefly attempted movie acting when he was cast in the film Les Arnaud (1967), which starred Bourvil. Amália Rodrigues recorded "Inch'Allah" in French. "Tombe la neige" one of his many international hits has been covered in Bulgarian, Turkish ("Her Yerde Kar Var"), Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, and Chinese (Cantopop). At the end of the 1960s, Adamo married Nicole. Their son Anthony was born in 1969, later Benjamin and then Amélie were born. At the height of Adamo's stardom, his own father died by drowning on 7 August 1966.[citation needed] His sister Délizia is also a recording artist. Adamo wrote a number of songs for his sister including her debut hit "Prends le chien" in 1974. She also joined him in his tour in 1975.[citation needed]

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