Nicola Di Bari, stage name of Michele Scommegna, is undoubtedly one of the most popular and loved Italian singers in the world.
He is the fourth singer who has won the Sanremo Festival for two consecutive editions, in 1971 and 1972; he also won Canzonissima in 1971. He is also one of the best known Italian singers abroad, particularly in Latin America.
Some of his songs have become evergreens of Italian music, to the point of having been re-recorded in later years by other artists: for example, Chitarra suona più piano, recorded by Mina in the album Uiallalla, or La prima cosa bella, played by Malika Ayane for the soundtrack of the homonymous film.
In his songs we often find the theme of emigration and the feeling of great attachment to native land and rural life, with references to the countryside and its colors.
One of the song he composed - Zapponeta - is dedicated to his hometown; another well known title is Paese.