In that same year he participates in “Un Disco per l’Estate” where he presents “Una Rotonda sul Mare” a song so successful it has today become one of the most loved and evocative pieces of the 60s.
In 1966 he returns to “Un disco per l’estate” and wins with Prima c’eri tu confirming his fame and earning an ever growing appreciation from the public.
And that is how Fred, reaching out with his very personal and innovative style, becomes the “friend to the Italian dream” with songs that have become symbols, such as La mia estate con te, Spaghetti a Detroit, Tre settimane da raccontare, Malaga, and many others.
Towards the end of the 60s, Fred coincidentally discovers he is on the music charts in Brazil, and feeling close to the south-American way of life, with his guitar beating new rhythms in smoky clubs, he leaves to go and meet the great Vinicius De Moraes, Tom Jobim and Joao Jilberto. With the latter he records Malaga. His tours in Brazil and Argentina are countless but Fred also reaches the Unites States and completes various piece of work with the collaboration of great musicians and producers such as Don Costa.
In the seventies his creativity is tireless, and he interprets two very successful theme songs: Quando mi dici così with Minnie Minoprio and Petrosino from the homonymous television program. His new look, with shoulder length hair and sideburns, gives him a new nickname: “bel tenebroso”, “mysteriously handsome”. During the first half of the eighties, his tours in South America take up most of his time, specially in Brazil, where he thinks of moving. In 1989 he participates in the Festival of Sanremo, and in 1992 tours Italy with Toquinho, and then favours him back by touring Brazil with him years later in 1996.
A less well-known chapter of his life, but equally important and prestigious, is connected with his activity as a successful movie soundtrack composer. “Matrimonio all’italiana”, “Malizia”, “Venga a prendere il caffè da noi”, “La cicala”, untile the recent “Kamikazen” by Gabriele Salvatores are just some of the movies he has composed the soundtracks for.
Fred Bongusto receives, (here with with Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi)
an award for his music career.
Fred thanks all his friends!
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