Vittorio De Scalzi, founder of the New Trolls. The family announced it with a post on his Facebook page: “Vittorio De Scalzi has left us, has joined his Aldebaran. Thank you all for the love you have shown him in all these years. Continue to sing at the top of your lungs ‘That evening caress’… he will listen to you “, write Mara, Amanda and Alberto, citing the titles of the song and album Aldebaran, published by the group in 1978, and of the famous hit of the same year”. The secular funeral will be held on Monday 25 July at 6 pm at the Club Tenco headquarters in Sanremo.
Fans, but also many fellow musicians mourn the death of Vittorio De Scalzi on social networks. “Genoa and the whole of Italy mourn the death of Vittorio De Scalzi. Co-founder of the New Trolls musical group, as well as musician and performer of the first magnitude. I have been here since 4:30 today – he writes Renato Zero – that I breathe an absolute emptiness, of a loss that is profound and unbridgeable for me. What I will try to do for Vittorio is to do my best, so that his talents and his loyalty to music and to those who loved him deeply like me are not forgotten! I ask you a prayer for him “.
“Vittorio De Scalzi left us, unfortunately. With #NewTrolls and his great talent he animated those years full of energy in which we all followed the path that music showed us with enthusiasm and determination. Have a good trip Vittorio …”, is the homage of Dodi Battle of the Poohs. And Roby Facchinetti remembers that “The New Trolls were born in the 60s like the Pooh, and there are many memories that bind us to them. We have always had a deep mutual respect both musically and humanly. I called Vittorio on the phone, after he had miraculously passed the Covid, and during our long chat, he told me how much the desire to make music was still alive in him. Dear Vittorio, I am very convinced that from up there you will continue to make music as you have always done throughout your life, with sensitivity, passion and true talent. Have a good trip dear Vittorio. Rest in peace. ” “Goodbye, my friend. May the earth be light to you”, is the tweet of Rita Pavone. Shel Shapiro speaks of “great pain” and embraces “the whole family and all New Trolls past and present for this great loss”. “Another great artist is leaving us … Hi Vittorio, say hello to the stars”, is the farewell of the Nomadthe.
Multi-instrumentalist, composer, singer, Vittorio De Scalzi was born in Genoa on November 4, 1949. In the 60s he founded the Trolls with Pino Scarpettini, recording the single ‘Behind the fog’. In the same year he made his debut as a soloist, with ‘Forbidden to those older than a few years’, using the pseudonym Napoleon.
In 1967, the experience of the Trolls ended, he founded the New Trolls with Nico Di Palo, Gianni Belleno, Giorgio D’Adamo and Mauro Chiarugi. With the collaboration of Fabrizio De André and the poet Riccardo Mannerini he composes the songs of the first album by New Trolls, the concept album ‘Senza tempo senza Bandiera’. He then signs many of the group’s hit songs, from ‘Visions’ to ‘Una mine’, to ‘Quella carzza della sera’, alongside his passion for progressive rock with research on traditional Genoese music. With the New Trolls – disbanded in 1997 – he publishes twelve albums and participates in seven editions of the Sanremo Festival, but also collaborates with Sergio Bardotti, Mina, Ornella Vanoni, Anna Oxa.
In 2021 he wins the Tenco award as artist of the year and publishes a box set celebrating his career, Once upon a time I played in the New Trolls. In 2022 he appears in the docofilm ‘The new Genoese school’, written and conceived by Claudio Cabona, which compares rappers such as Izi, Tedua, Bresh, Nader, Disme, Guesan, Vaz Tè and Ill Rave, protagonists of the new music scene, Genoese with the generation of songwriters that preceded them.
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