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Franco De Vita
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Franco De Vita (born January 23, 1954 in
Caracas, Venezuela) is a Venezuelan Latin
Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter. His
rst album as a solo artist garnered three
Spanish-language hits in Venezuela. He signed
with the CBS Records label in 1989, and in
1990, his album Extranjero had a song that
reached No. 1 on the U.S. Latin charts and won
an MTV Video Music Award. His 2004 album
Stop reached the Top 10 throughout Latin
America and on the U.S. Latin charts. In the
United States alone, he has scored more than
two dozen hits on the Billboard charts.[1]

Franco De Vita

Contents
1 Career
1.1 1980s
1.2 1990s
1.3 2000s
1.4 2010s
1.5 Personal life
2 Spanish-language album discography
3 Album discography (non-Spanish)
4 References
5 External links

Franco de Vita in an arena of Puebla


Background information
Born

January 23, 1954

Origin

Caracas, Venezuela

Genres Latin pop, Rock


Years

1982present

active
Labels

CBS Records, Sony Music

Website Ocial Website

Career

(http://www.francodevita.com/)

1980s
One of four children born in Venezuela to Italian immigrants,[1] De Vitas family
returned to Rome, Italy when he was 3. The family moved back to Venezuela when De
Vita was 13. Due to his upbringing in Rome, Italy, De Vita learned Italian as his rst
language and did not learn Spanish until he returned to Venezuela at age 13. He later
studied piano at the university level. In 1982, De Vita formed the group Icaro, which
released one self-titled album in his homeland. Two years later, he released his rst disc
as a solo artist, simply titled Franco De Vita (1984). The album spun o three Spanishlanguage hits: "Somos Tres", "No Hay Cielo", and "Un Buen Perdedor". His 1986 in
album Fantasa produced several more hits, including the title song and "Aqu Ests
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Otra Vez". "Slo Importas T", taken from the album, was used as the theme song to the
Spanish-language soap opera La Dama De Rosa. He appeared in the end credits of
every episode, performing the song at the piano.
Seeking wider international exposure, De Vita moved to the CBS Records label for the
1988 album Al Norte del Sur.[2] The album showed his socially conscious, adult-oriented
pop, particularly through the tunes "Te Amo" and "Louis". The latter song, about a
daydreaming cabbie who idolizes The Beatles, was promoted with a music video
considered quite advanced for its time. De Vita's 1990 album Extranjero featured the
song "No Basta", which spent four weeks at No. 1 on the U.S. Latin charts and won an
MTV Video Music Award.

1990s
Subsequent albums have included the live release En Vivo Marzo 16 (1992); Voces a mi
Alrededor in 1993; the acoustic-avored Fuera de Este Mundo (1996); and 1999's
world-beat inspired Nada Es Igual. He left Sony for the 2002 album Segundas partes
tambin son buenas, but returned to the label the following year.

2000s
His 2004 album Stop reached the Top 10 throughout Latin America and on the U.S.
Latin charts, spurred by the hits T De Qu Vas and Si La Ves, the latter a
collaboration with pop group Sin Bandera. That same year, he toured arenas in the
United States on a co-headlining tour with Ricardo Montaner, a fellow Venezuelan
songwriter. He also has recorded in Italian and Portuguese. As a songwriter, he has
written songs for Ricky Martin and Chayanne.
In 2005, an expanded edition of Stop was released, titled Stop + Algo Ms, that
included remixes and live recordings, as well as No S Lo Que Me Das, De Vita's rst
recording in English. The following year saw the release of Mil y Una Historias En Vivo,
a two-disc live album that also featured four studio tracks, including collaborations with
Alejandro Fernndez and Diego El Cigala. A DVD version was released simultaneously.
In 2007, De Vita collaborated on a single with reggaeton duo Wisin & Yandel called
"Oye Donde Esta El Amor", which borrowed the chorus from his composition "Donde
Esta El Amor." They released an updated version of "Un Buen Perdedor" that peaked at
No. 2 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart. In 2008, he re-recorded "Que No Muera
La Esperanza" (originally featured on Voces A Mi Alrededor) with Wisin & Yandel, as
well as releasing a new studio album, Simplemente La Verdad.

2010s
In 2012, De Vita appeared on Tony Bennett's album Viva Duets. In 2014, De Vita was
inducted into the Billboard Latin Music of Fame.[3]

Personal life
De Vita has lived in Madrid since the '90s.[1] In addition to Spanish and Italian, he also
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speaks English.[1]

Spanish-language album discography


1984
1986
1988
1990
1992
1993
1996
1999
2002
2004
2005
2006
2008
2011
2013

Franco De Vita
Fantasa
Al Norte Del Sur
Extranjero
En Vivo Marzo 16
Voces a mi Alrededor
Fuera de Este Mundo
Nada Es Igual
Segundas partes tambin son buenas
Stop
Stop + Algo Ms
Mil y Una Historias En Vivo
Simplemente La Verdad
En Primera Fila
Vuelve en Primera Fila

(excludes compilations)

Album discography (non-Spanish)


1993 Straniero (Italian)
1993 Isto America (Portuguese)

References
1. Cordova, Randy." Franco de Vita talks inspiration, inuences, 5/10
(http://www.azcentral.com/story/entertainment/music/2015/05/05/franco-de-vita-talksinspiration-inuences/26894565/)." The Arizona Republic. May 5, 2015.
2. Birchmeier, Jason. "Biography: Franco De Vita". AMG. Retrieved 9 May 2010.
3. Cantor-Navas, Judy (March 31, 2014). "Franco de Vita to Receive Hall of Fame Honor at
2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved
April 11, 2014.

External links
Ocial Franco De Vita Web Site (http://www.francodevita.com/)
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Categories: 1954 births Living people Singers from Caracas Pop pianists
Venezuelan songwriters Venezuelan male singers Venezuelan pop singers
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Venezuelan people of Italian descent Latin Grammy Award winners


Sony Music Latin artists Italian-language singers Portuguese-language singers
Spanish-language singers Universal Music Latino artists
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