Adriano Celentano

  • Born: (Milan, Lombardy, Italy)

Adriano Celentano is an Italian composer, producer, comedian, actor, film director and TV host. He is dubbed "il Molleggiato" (the flexible one) because of his dancing.

Celentano has released many record albums which have enjoyed enormous commercial and critical success. He is reportedly the second best-selling Italian artist of all time, after Mina, having sold more than 150 million records over the course of his career.

He is often credited as the author of both the music and lyrics of his songs, although, according to his wife Claudia Mori, sometimes they were written in collaboration with others. Due to his prolific career and great success, both in Italy and the rest of the world, he is considered one of the pillars of Italian music.

Celentano is also recognized for being particularly perceptive of changes in the music business. He is credited for having introduced Rock'n'Roll to Italy – a genre that had great appeal on young people of that time. As an actor, Celentano has appeared in about 40 films, mostly comedies.

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