Wednesday 28 April 1971


Born: December 1st, 1923, Milan (Italy)
Died: December 15th, 1979, Cusago (Italy)
Nationality: Italian

In due course, the short impression below will be replaced with a more extensive career overview


Luigi ‘Gigi’ Cichellero worked as a composer and conductor for Italian national broadcaster RAI, until he was called away by the Italian branch of record company Philips to be their artistic director. Cichellero composed songs for the likes of Johnny Dorelli, Mina, and Tony Dallara. In the early 1960s, he founded his own company, GTA Records, based in his hometown Milan. Artists working under the aegis of Cichellero include Nicola Arigliano, Renata Mauro, Bruno Canfora, Al Korvin, and Roberto Rangone. In 1968, he sold GTA to Lorenzo Sampietro, who incorporated it into Miura Records.


Gigi Cichellero frequently conducted TV shows for RAI. Amongst these were the music contests Canzonissima, and, more notably, the San Remo Festival in 1963, of which he was the musical director. He accompanied one of the vocalists of the winning song ‘Uno per tutte’, Emilio Pericoli, to London, where that year’s Eurovision Song Contest was staged. Conducted by Cichellero, the Italian entry came fourth. It was to remain his only Eurovision participation; in 1964, on the other hand, Cichellero returned as a conductor to the San Remo Festival.


Country – Italy
Song title – "Uno per tutte"
Rendition – Emilio Pericoli
Lyrics – Giulio Rapetti "Mogol" / Alberto Testa
Composition – Tony Renis
Studio arrangement – Iller Pattacini
Live orchestration – Gigi Cichellero
Conductor – Gigi Cichellero
Score – 3rd place (37 votes)

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