Angelo GiacomazziBorn: December 21st, 1907, Genoa (Italy)
Died: April 30th, 1977, Milan (Italy)
Domenico Modugno chose Angelo Giacomazzi as his conductor for the 1966 Eurovision Song Contest in Luxembourg, although his entry ‘Dio come ti amo’, which had won the Sanremo Festival of that same year, had been conducted by another maestro in Sanremo. In Luxembourg, Modugno was so dissatisfied with the performance of the local orchestra, that he threatened to withdraw from the competition. Later, it was decided upon to perform the song with the accompaniment of a small combo of Italian musicians only, with Angelo Giacomazzi playing the piano. This means that Giacomazzi actually did not conduct the Luxembourg orchestra during the live broadcast; ‘Dio come ti amo’ was the first song ever in the Eurovision Song Contest without any orchestral accompaniment. Officially, however, Giacomazzi is credited as the conductor of this Italian entry, which did not score a single point and finished joint-last.
In due course, a more extensive biography of Angelo Giacomazzi will be published on this website