Cantagiro 1969 playlist
The Cantagiro of 1969 has a wealth of artists and content. In addition to the two consolidated groups (big stars and young singers) there is a third, the group of Folk artists, halfway between cabaret and pure folk. Group A was won by Massimo Ranieri, with the Camaleonti coming second, behind by only three votes, and Lucio Battisti third with Acqua azzurra, acqua chiara, followed by L'Equipe 84, Caterina Caselli, Mal, the Rokes, Mino Reitano, Jimmy Fontana, Iva Zanicchi, Gian Pieretti, and Dori Ghezzi. In group B, Rossano prevailed, followed by Paolo Mengoli and Patrick Samson, who presented the same piece also performed in the competition by Michele in group A, Soli si muore; among others in group B were the Gens, the Pooh, the Propheti, the Quelli, the Motowns, Gianni Nazzaro, Wess & the Airedales, and Marcella Bella. The Folk section, whose artists were voted through coupons published by the weekly TV Sorrisi e Canzoni, saw Cochi and Renato win with Un pezzo di pane, followed by Gabriella Ferri, Pippo Franco, Giorgio Gaber, Bruno Lauzi, Matteo Salvatore and Adriana Doriani, Lino Toffolo and Ugolino. The competition director was Johnny Dorelli and the regular guests were Herbert Pagani, whose L’amicizia bore witness to the festive atmosphere and spirit of togetherness among all the participants, and the Kessler Twins, who danced with some of the spectators every evening, chosen from the audience of the various stage locations. Iva Zanicchi had to forfeit and miss the last evenings for health reasons, while the singers were mobbed by the audiences, who welcomed them with undying enthusiasm both on the streets where the Cantagiro caravan passed and in the places where the evening show was held.