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At the beginning of the sixties many singing stars of San Remo feature in Italy’s successful and highly developed national movie industry. Cinecittà films included complex scores by composers like Franco de Gemini, Francesco de Masi and Riz Ortolani. The songs sung in these movies sometimes became nationwide hits. Among many artists like Rita Pavone, Modugno and  Mina featured in many movies and TV specials. For instance Mina featured in Appuntamento a Ischia (62) together with Modugno and she had a huge hit in 65 with the Visconti song E se domani (from Vaghe stelle dell’Orsa). Pavone became a star with her song La partita di pallone featured in Clementine Cherie (1963).

San Remo still gave the Italian music scene new talent of which, amongst many others, Patty Pravo and Iva Zannichi. But the sixties was also the time of the upcoming of Il Bit. Italian pop groups that copied the Beatles and the Stones. One of these groups was Il Pooh who would later turn away from the beat-genre and would become one of the most popular groups in Italy.

The sixties was also the time for flower power and protest songs. Musicians like Fabrizio De André, Giorgio Gaber, Gino Paoli and Luigi Tenco gradually worked more social, political, psychological and intellectual themes in their work. The student movement that waves across Europe is a mayor influence for these artists. Other songwriters stayed more close to the romantic and emotional themes from the cantautori tradition. Best known, and in later years very influential for Italian pop, was songwriting duo Lucio Battisti and Giulio Rapetti, better known as Mogol. At the end of the sixties the duo penned Il Paradiso for Patty Pravo. A song that would become a world wide hit in the version of Amen Corner (If paradise was half as nice)

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