Azzurro is an Italian pop song composed by Paolo Conte and Michele Virano. Its most famous version was recorded by Adriano Celentano in 1968.
Conte wrote the song together with Vito Pallavicini especially for Celentano. Together with Via con me and Sotto le stelle del Jazz, it is one of his most famous works. The song is about love, loneliness and summer in the city. The song is typical for Conte's way of writing, combining simple melodies with catchy but unusual compositions; here he combines military march music with an everyday story, told in a poetic language full of images. Although typical, it is from Conte's early work with pop songs and not resembling his style later on. He recorded the song himself in 1985, not until having had a 10-year solo career as a singer.
The first line of the song goes: "Azzurro, il pomeriggio e troppo azzurro e lungo per me . . ."
The song was covered by numerous Italian singers, like Mina, Gianni Morandi and Fiorello. Even the Italian football national team has sung the song on one occasion. German covers were done by Peter Rubin, Dieter Thomas Kuhn, Die Toten Hosen and Peter Alexander.
Arik Einstein cover:
In Israel, it is a famous song known for its Hebrew version by Arik Einstein "Amru Lo" (Hebrew: "They told him..."), which does not feature a translation of the original lyrics, and instead lampoons a young ne'er-do-well's inexplicable obsession with the color red and a failing soccer team of the same uniform color. It was also turned as a film with the same name.
Die Toten Hosen cover:
Azzurro (on many releases mistitled "Azzuro") was covered by Die Toten Hosen for the album Auf dem Kreuzzug ins Glück as a tribute to 1990 FIFA World Cup.
The single was released with differently coloured covers: green, orange, pink and yellow.
The video was directed by Hanns Christian Müller.
The band drives around Italy in an Opel, having to push-start it every time. In the end it gets stolen right before them.
"Azzurro" (Conte, Virano/Conte, Pallavicini) − 2:32,
"Herzlichen Glückwunsch" (Sincere congratulation) (v. Holst/Frege) - 2:03,
"Dr. Sommer" (Dr. Summer) (Breitkopf/Frege) - 1:57,
"Feinde" (Enemies) (Frege/Frege) - 2:20,