“Azzurro” is an Italian pop song composed by Paolo Conte and Michele Virano. Its most famous version was recorded by Adriano Celentano in 1968.
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 “Dolce far niente” style of the song always remembers me at my summer holidays in Italy in the seventies and eighties. The original of Adriano
And Paolo Conte’s (also a great italian jazz artist) from the eigthies in a live version.