Saturday 22 March 1975


Born: September 18th, 1946, Milan (Italy)
Nationality: Italian

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


Vince Tempera (full name: Vincenzo Tempera Grima) began his career in music as a drummer in progressive pop bands in the 1960s, such as La Nuova Era and The Pleasure Machine. From 1970 onwards, he has worked as a studio arranger for many artists: Mina, Loredana Berté, Mario Lavezzi, and Lucio Battisti, to name just a few. He has been Lucio Battisti’s musical director in the recording studio and on stage since 1970. Tempera wrote the music to many TV cartoon series, including Nils Holgersson and Atlas Ufo Robot; he also composed the music to feature films such as Fantozzi (1975) and L’amore non basta (2005). He has regularly been the musical director of TV shows and has appeared in the San Remo Festival as a conductor on 19 occasions between 1970 and 2016, conducting a total of 58 entries.


Vince Tempera conducted Malta’s Eurovision entry in 1975, Renato’s ‘Singing This Song’, arranged by his Italian fellow arranger Claudio Gizzi. This Maltese contribution finished 12th in a field of 19 entries in Stockholm. In the 1990s, when Malta returned to the contest after a long absence, Tempera helped the island state in the contest on three occasions by writing the orchestration to their entries ‘Could It Be’ (1991), 'More Than Love' (1994), and ‘Keep Me In Mind’ (1995). These songs were conducted by Maltese musicians, Paul Abela, Joseph Sammut, and Ray Agius respectively, and all finished in the top ten. In 2008, Tempera presided over the jury which chose the first (and to date only) San Marino entry to the contest, Miodio’s ‘Complice’. In the years of Italy's absence in the Eurovision Song Contest, Vince Tempera regularly pleaded for the country's return to the competition.


Country – Malta
Song title – "Singing This Song"
Rendition – Renato Micallef
Lyrics – Mary Iris Mifsud
Composition – Sammy Galea
Studio arrangement – Claudio Gizzi
Live orchestration – Claudio Gizzi
Conductor – Vince Tempera
Score – 12th place (32 votes)

Country – Malta
Song title – "Could It Be"
Rendition – Georgina Abela & Paul Giordimaina
Lyrics – Raymond Mahoney
Composition – Paul Abela
Studio arrangement – Vince Tempera
Live orchestration – Paul Abela / Vince Tempera
Conductor – Paul Abela
Score – 6th place (106 votes)

Country – Malta
Song title – "Little Child"
Rendition – Mary Spiteri
Lyrics – Raymond Mahoney
Composition – Georgina Abela / Paul Abela
Studio arrangement – Paul Abela / Vince Tempera
Live orchestration – Paul Abela
Conductor – Paul Abela
Score – 3rd place (123 votes)

Country – Malta
Song title – “This Time”
Rendition – William Mangion
Lyrics – William Mangion
Composition – William Mangion
Studio arrangement – William Mangion / Billy Busuttil / 
Christopher Scicluna / David Vella / Vince Tempera 
Live orchestration – Vince Tempera
Conductor – Joseph Sammut
Score – 8th place (69 votes)

Country – Malta
Song title – "More Than Love"
Rendition – Moira Stafrace & Chris Scicluna
Lyrics – Moira Stafrace
Composition – Christopher Scicluna
Studio arrangement – Vince Tempera
Live orchestration – Vince Tempera
Conductor – Anthony Chircop
Score – 5th place (97 votes)

Country – Malta
Song title – "Keep Me In Mind"
Rendition – Mike Spiteri
Lyrics – Alfred C. Sant
Composition – Ray Agius
Studio arrangement – Ray Agius / Vince Tempera
Live orchestration – Ray Agius / Vince Tempera
Conductor – Ray Agius
Score – 10th place (76 votes)

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