Sergio Endrigo along with Nico Fidenco, Emilio Pericoli and Rita Pavone was one of the first Italian acts to break into the Brazilian market. 'Io che amo solo te' hit #1 in the Brazilian singles' chart in early 1964. Sergio visited Brazil in March 1964, a few weeks before the Military Putsch overthrew democratic President João Goulart. Endrigo sang at Teatro Record in São Paulo.
At the height of the Italian music invasion Sergio had major hits like the aforesaid 'Io che amo solo te', 'Se le cose stanno così', 'Basta così', 'Aria di neve', 'Era d'estate' and 'Annamaria' that stayed on the top of the extended-play charts for months. In 1965, before Sergio left RCA Italiana he recorded 'Ti amo' which had a fair bit of air-play in Brazilian radio stations.
Endrigo's 2 albums for RCA sold well and then when he left RCA for Cetra his recording were not as easy to come by anymore until 1968 when Sergio won Festival di San Remo with 'Canzone per te' that was sung by himself and Brazil's own Roberto Carlos.
Due to Roberto Carlos huge popularity in Brazil, 'Canzone per te' went to #1 straight away. And it is funny to realize that Roberto had recorded the single in 1967 before Endrigo decided to change part of the lyrics . So when Roberto Carlos arrived in Italy to sing at the Festival he had to learn the new words but CBS never bothered to correct it. So if you listen to Endrigo's and Carlos' versions you'll notice that parts of the lyrics are different.
extended-play 'Annamaria' was a best seller in 1964.
extended-play 'Era d'estate' featuring marvelous 'Ora che sai'.
Anna Maria Giulia e Sergio Endrigo, seu marido.
Sergio Endrigo e Anna Maria Giulia + Riccardo Del Turco e a irmã de Anna Maria em Viareggio 1964.
revista Giovani de Fevereiro 1968.
Sergio Endrigo in Brazil in 1968.
1964, um ano que foi como foi, melhor será o que virá.
about Sergio Endrigo's passage by São Paulo in March 1964, daily 'OESP' wrote: 'De passagem para o Uruguay, Elza Martinelli conversou inteligentemente sobre cinema, com seu jeito de garota arisca, elegante, de olhos vivos. Uma presença completamente diferente, se bem que igualmente italiana, foi a de Sergio Endrigo, um sujeito triste, sempre vestido de escuro, que canta melancolicamente coisas que deveriam ser ditas com alegria, 'Io che amo solo te', por exemplo. Endrigo cantou no Teatro Record da rua da Consolação e abriu a nova fase da boite Oasis, na rua 7 de Abril'.
daily 'O Estado de S.Paulo' announces Sergio Endrigo's death - 9 September 2005.