Mario Capuano seems to have begun his career as a pianist, but subsequently became a record producer and arranger. With his brother Giosy Capuano and Giacomo Tosti, he discovered the Scottish band Middle of the Road, which worked in Italy, and produced their first successes, including ‘Chirpy chirpy cheep cheep’ and ‘Sacramento’ (the latter song was co-composed by Capuano). Mario Capuano appeared as a conductor in Italy’s Sanremo Festival three times (1967, 1969, 1970). Later, again with his brother Giosy, he composed the song ‘Perdoname’ for Demis Roussos.
Mario Capuano arranged and conducted the Italian entry in the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest, ‘Occhi di ragazza’ (composed by Armando Franceschini and Lucio Dalla with lyrics by Sergio Bardotti and Gianfranco Baldazza), which was performed by Gianni Morandi. That year, Italy landed a joint eight place in the contest, which was held in Amsterdam.
In due course, a more extensive biography of Lars Samuelson will be published on this website
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