Natalino Otto

  • Born: (Cogoleto, Genoa, Liguria, Italy)
  • Died: (Milan, Lombardy, Italy) age 56

Natalino Otto, stage name of Natale Codognotto (Cogoleto, 24 December 1912 - Milan, 4 October 1969), was a singer, drummer, record producer and publisher of music in Italian, initiator of the swing genre in Italy.

In 1938, together with Kramer, he arrived at EIAR, but the two shortly after were removed from the radio; they therefore left for tours abroad. Upon returning to Italy, his passports were seized. Although some singers with an exotic style (Alberto Rabagliati, the Quartetto Cetra and Ernesto Bonino) had managed to enter the sympathies of the state radio, Natalino Otto continued to suffer ostracism, however his records were snapped up. In the 1940s he worked in the cinema, with singing roles in some films.

Natalino Otto participated in five editions of the Sanremo Festival. In 1954 he placed fourth with Notturno. His best placement was third place in 1955 with the song Canto nella valle. On June 2, 1955 he married the singer Flo Sandon's and the two were hired together by Rai. In 1957 he returned to the Sanremo Festival, took part in the Venice Film Festival and the radio show Voices and faces of fortune. In the following years he returned again to the Sanremo Festival, but soon he will remain outside the event, still recording successful records. In 1950 he founded the Bolero record company, the first to accept songs by Fred Buscaglione.

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