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Patty Pravo (born 9 April 1948; Nicoletta Strambelli) is an Italian singer. With a career spanning more than four decades, Pravo has become one of the most successful Italian female singers. She debuted in 1966 and remained most successful for the rest of the 1960s as well as throughout the 1970s. Her most popular songs include “La bambola”, “Pazza idea” and “Pensiero stupendo”. She is credited with thirteen top 10 albums and fourteen top 10 singles in her native Italy. Pravo has participated in Sanremo Music Festival eight times, most recently in 2011. She was also a role model for women of the 1960s, exemplifying their evolution from more established conservative roles.



Strambelli studied at the conservatory institute of Benedetto Marcello and was acquainted with American poet Ezra Pound and with Angelo Roncalli (Pope John XXIII). At the age of fifteen she left home to live in London and then Rome, where she began her career singing in the Piper Club.

In 1966, Pravo released her first single, “Ragazzo triste” (“Sad Boy”), the Italian version of the song “But You’re Mine” by Sonny & Cher. It was the first pop song broadcast on Vatican Radio. “Ragazzo triste” was followed by other popular singles in 1967, “Sto con te” (“I’m with You”) and “Se perdo te” (“If I Lose You”), the latter written by English songwriter Paul Korda. In 1968, Pravo released what would become her most popular single and a number 1 hit, “La bambola” (“The Doll”), and her debut LP, Patty Pravo. The album topped the Italian albums chart and “La bambola” was awarded a gold disc.


In following years, the singer released other successful singles: “Gli occhi dell’amore” (“The Eyes of Love”) and “Tripoli 1969”, both released in 1968, “Il paradiso” (“Paradise”, written by Lucio Battisti) and “La spada nel cuore” (“A Sword in the Heart”), released in 1969 and 1970, respectively. All those singles were top 10 hits in Italy, and “La spada nel cuore” came fifth at Sanremo Music Festival. Her albums Concerto per Patty (1969), another LP titled Patty Pravo (1970) and Di vero in fondo (The Truth Inside, 1971) were all commercially successful.


In 1973, Pravo earned one of her biggest hits, the number 1 single “Pazza idea” (“Crazy Idea”). The song’s parent album, also titled Pazza idea reached number 1 in Italy as well. It was followed by another chart-topping album, Mai una signora (Never a Lady), in 1974, which spawned a popular single “Come un Pierrot” (“Like a Pierrot”). Albums Incontro (The Meeting) and Tanto (So Much), released in 1975 and 1976, respectively, both placed within the top 10 and included successful singles of the same names. Tanto saw Pravo collaborating with Vangelis.

In 1978, alongside Amanda Lear and Grace Jones, Pravo appeared in a highly controversial Italian TV show, Stryx, where she performed a song in each episode. Songs from Stryx would appear on her next album, Miss Italia, which also included “Pensiero stupendo” (“Wonderful Thought”), a song that became one of her most successful and highest-charting singles to date. In 1979, the singer had another top 20 hit with “Autostop” from her LP Munich Album.


The singer moved to the USA at the beginning of the 1980s, what was prompted by the hostility of the Italian press towards her. She posed nude for Playboy in 1981 and married in 1982. Her next record, Cerchi (Circles), was one of her lowest-charting albums to date, however, the 1984 single “Per una bambola” (“For a Doll”) was a significant success at Sanremo Festival. Nonetheless, subsequent albums failed to match the success of their predecessors from the previous decade, and for the rest of the 1980s Pravo struggled to score another hit release. In 1987, she took part in Sanremo Festival for the third time, with the song “Pigramente signora” (“Lazy Lady”). However, the singer was accused of plagiarism, what led to the cancellation of her new contract with Virgin Records. Her 1989 album Oltre l’Eden… (More Than Eden…) met with positive critical reception, but was not a chart success. In 1990, the singer released an album of re-recordings of her classic hits. In 1992, Pravo was arrested for possessing hashish.


1994 saw Pravo leaving for China, where she would make history as the first Italian artist to perform in Italian language that country. The trip provided inspiration for her next album, Ideogrammi, entirely produced in China. In 1995, Pravo returned to Sanremo with the song “I giorni dell’armonia” (“Days of Harmony”), which was met with lukewarm reception. The singer celebrated the 30th anniversary of her musical debut in 1996, embarking on a greatest hits tour, and in 1997 once again performed at Sanremo Festival. This time around it was a triumph, and her song “…E dimmi che non vuoi morire” (“…And Tell Me You Don’t Want to Die”) was warmly received by the audience and critics alike. The single was a big chart success, as well as her first live album Bye Bye Patty. On her next studio album, Notti, guai e libertà (Nights, Trouble and Freedom), Pravo worked with some of the greatest Italian songwriters, including Ivano Fossati, Franco Battiato and Lucio Dalla. The album was another commercial success and was followed by a tour.


An exhibition inspired by the work of Patty Pravo was held in 2000 in Italy. Her next album, Una donna da sognare, was another successful step, and the title song became a hit single. Released in 2002, Radio Station also charted within the top 10, and the first single, “L’immenso”, was Patty’s return to Sanremo Festival. The singer embarked on a tour and collected a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. Her 2004 album, Nic-Unic, presented an innovative, avant garde sound, with most songs written by Patty Pravo herself. The single “Che uomo sei” (“What Kind of Man Are You”) was a chart success. In 2007, she released the album Spero che ti piaccia… Pour toi (I Hope You Like It… For You), a homage to Dalida, with a selection of her songs sung in French, Italian and Arabic. Later in the year, Pravo released an autobiography Bla, bla, bla….

To commemorate the fortieth anniversary of her hit “La bambola”, the singer released a new version of the song, “La bambola 2008”. She embarked on another tour, what would result in a successful double live album, recorded at Verona Arena. She took part in Sanremo Festival with the song “E io verrò un giorno là” (“And I’ll Be There One Day”) in 2009, and in 2011, performing “Il vento e le rose” (“The Wind and Roses”). 2011 saw the release of her new album, Nella terra dei pinguini (In the Land of Penguins), which charted within Italian top 20. In 2012, she released singles “Com’è bello far l’amore” (“How Nice It Is to Make Love”), which would win an Italian Golden Globe, and “La luna”.



Studio albums

Year Title ITA
1968 Patty Pravo 1
1969 Concerto per Patty 5
1970 Patty Pravo 7
1971 Bravo Pravo 12
Di vero in fondo 7
Per aver visto un uomo piangere e soffrire Dio si trasformò in musica e poesia 17
1972 Sì… incoerenza 12
1973 Pazza idea 1
1974 Mai una signora 1
1975 Incontro 4
1976 Tanto 9
Patty Pravo
1978 Miss Italia 8
1979 Munich Album 22
1982 Cerchi 24
1984 Occulte persuasioni
1987 Pigramente signora
1989 Oltre l’Eden…
1990 Pazza idea eccetera eccetera…
1994 Ideogrammi
1998 Notti, guai e libertà 7
2000 Una donna da sognare 6
2002 Radio Station 9
2004 Nic-Unic 14
2007 Spero che ti piaccia … pour toi 46
2011 Nella terra dei pinguini 15


Live albums

Year Title ITA
1997 Bye Bye Patty 5
2001 Patty Live 99
2009 Live Arena di Verona – Sold Out 14


Compilation albums

Year Title ITA
1971 Tutti i successi di Patty Pravo
1973 Canzone degli amanti
Poema degli occhi
1976 La magia di Patty Pravo
1977 I successi di Patty Pravo
Le più belle canzoni di Patty Pravo
1979 Momenti stupendi
1980 Emozioni
Patty Pravo
1982 Hit Parade International
Hit Parade International
1984 Questione di cuore
Pazza idea
1985 L’album di Patty Pravo
1987 Per una bambola
Pigramente signora
1990 I grandi successi di Patty Pravo
1993 I grandi successi
1994 I successi di Patty Pravo
1995 Pensiero stupendo
Pensieri stupendi
1996 Superbest
1997 Divina
I capolavori
Il paradiso
Grande Patty
1998 Non ti bastavo più
Gli anni 70
Le più belle canzoni di Patty Pravo
Patty Pravo
A modo mio e altri successi
1999 I miti musica
2000 Patty Pravo (3 CD box)
Le canzoni d’amore
Patty Pravo – Super Stars
I grandi successi originali – Flashback
2001 I mitici 45
2002 100% Patty
Pravo (3 CD box)
2003 La signore della canzone
2004 Anni ’70
2005 Canzoni stupende 32
Le più belle canzoni di Patty Pravo
2006 Superissimi Patty Pravo – Gli eroi del juke box
2007 I grandi successi (3 CD box)
Patty Pravo 43
2008 Patty Pravo
A modo mio
The Essential
2009 Il meglio di Patty Pravo 87
Gli album originali (6 CD box)
The Universal Music Collection (4 CD box)
La mia musica
2013 Meravigliosamente Patty 30



Year Title ITA
1966 “Ragazzo triste”/”The Pied Piper” 13 Patty Pravo (1968 album)
1967 “Sto con te”/”Qui e là” 39
“Se perdo te”/”Lettera a Gianni” 18
1968 “La bambola”/”Se c’è l’amore” 1 35 11
“Gli occhi dell’amore”/”Sentimento” 2 Tutti i successi di Patty Pravo
“Tripoli 1969″/”Lasciatemi amare chi voglio” 4 Concerto per Patty
1969 “Il paradiso”/”Scende la notte sale la luna” 8
“Concerto per Patty” 18
“Nel giardino dell’amore”/”Ballerina ballerina” 16 Tutti i successi di Patty Pravo
1970 “La spada nel cuore”/”Roma è una prigione” 5
“Per te”/”Il mio fiore nero” 11 Patty Pravo (1970 album)
“La solitudine”/”1941” 27
“Non andare via”/”Un poco di pioggia” 13 Bravo Pravo
“Tutt’al più”/”Chissà come finirò” 4
1971 “Love Story”/”Di vero in fondo” 13 Di vero in fondo
“Non ti bastavo più”/”Canzone degli amanti” 6
1972 “Io”/”Un po’ di più” Sì… incoerenza
1973 “Pazza idea”/”Morire tra le viole” 1 17 Pazza idea
1974 “Come un Pierrot”/”La valigia blu” 9 Mai una signora
1975 “Incontro”/”Mercato dei fiori” 6 Incontro
1976 “Tanto”/”Io ti venderei” 22 Tanto
“Grand Hotel”/”Innamorata io” 45 Patty Pravo (1976 album)
1977 “Tutto il mondo è casa mia”/”Da soli noi” 3 N/A
1978 “Pensiero stupendo”/”Bello” 2 Miss Italia
1979 “Sentirti”/”Notti bianche”
“Autostop”/”New York” 13 Munich Album
1984 “Per una bambola”/”Viaggio” 17 Occulte persuasioni
1985 “Menù”/”Day by Day” 22 Per una bambola
1987 “Pigramente signora” 24 Pigramente signora
“Cantatto”/”So Fine So Nice” 34
1995 “I giorni dell’armonia” 12 Ideogrammi
1997 “…e dimmi che non vuoi morire” 2 Bye Bye Patty
“Pensiero stupendo ’97” 5
1998 “Les étrangers” Notti, guai e libertà
“Strada per un’altra città”
“Emma Bovary”
1999 “Angelus”
2000 “Una donna da sognare” 11 Una donna da sognare
“Una mattina d’estate”
“Se chiudi gli occhi”
2002 “L’immenso” 25 Radio Station
“Noi di là (Lagoinha)” 32
2004 “Che uomo sei” 13 Nic-Unic
2008 “La bambola 2008” N/A
2009 “E io verrò un giorno là” 20 Live Arena di Verona – Sold Out
2011 “Unisono” Nella terra dei pinguini
“Il vento e le rose”
“La vita è qui”
2012 “Com’è bello far l’amore” N/A
“La luna”














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