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The curiosities of the Festival

Gossips, historical facts, events and details have made the history of the Sanremo Festival and contributed to feeding its myth and legend.

In 1951 the venue was not the famous Ariston theater, but the Sanremo Casino. Until 1954 the festival could only be listened to on the radio, as the advent of the first live broadcasts will take place only in 1955, thanks to Rai. The first transmissions were totally in black and white and it was necessary to wait until the end of the 70s for the use of color, even if starting from 1973 some editions were still transmitted in color (but only for the international public).

Starting in 1980, the orchestra was temporarily removed from the festival and replaced with registered bases. This decision, which was definitively canceled in 1990, was an important change for artists used to performing live. Vasco Rossi’s performance remained in history: during his performance in 1983 he left the stage before the end of “Vita spericolata”, letting the recorded disc continue to play on its own. A few years earlier, however, Bobby Solo was instead. use of playback due to fulminant laryngitis.

Adriano Celentano has attended the festival several times both in the race and as a guest, and each of his appearances has become part of history. As in 1961 when the sprung man arrived at the festival after abandoning the compulsory draft period using a special permit signed by the Minister of Justice. Ranked second with his 24,000 kisses in protest, he sang with his back to the audience.

In 1978 Rino Gaetano and his Gianna caused a sensation because the word sex was pronounced for the first time in a piece of the festival. In 1986 Loredana Bertè appeared on the stage with a fake baby bump, an outfit that would go down in history so much that it would be re-proposed thirty years later also by Lady Gaga in one of her performances.