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Alfredo Bongusto (born. April 6, 1935 in Campobassomarker), known by his stage name Fred Bongusto, is an Italian light music singer and songwriter who was very popular in the 1960s and 1970s.

Career history

He debuted with the song "Bella Bellissima", which was written by his friend Ghigo Agosti and produced by the Milanmarker-based label Primary. It was released onphonographic record in 1960, with "Doce Doce" as the back side. Some of his most successful songs include "Malaga", "Una rotonda sul mare", "Spaghetti a Detroit" and "Prima c'eri tu", which won the 1966 edition of Un Disco per l'Estate. Bongusto was also successful in South America, especially Brazilmarker. He had collaborated with Toquinho and Vinicius de Moraes.

He composed the soundtracks of 24 movies, such as Malizia, Superfantozzi and Fantozzi contro tutti. He also starred in Obiettivo Ragazze (1961) and Peccato Veniale (1974).

In the 1990s, he was elected as a PSI town councillor in Barimarker. On March 18, 2005, he was elected as the President of the Council, Silvio Berlusconi. He was given a silver plate commemorating the 50 years of his career. On June 2, 2005, he was nominated as the Commendatore by President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi.

Personal life

He is currently married to Gabriella Palazzoli , an Italian soubrette, who was famous in the 1950s and 1960s. She is known for starring in the film Buonanotte... Avvocato! with Alberto Sordi. In 1960, Before their marriage, Palazzoli had a previous marriage with American actor John Drew Barrymore, who is the father of her daughter Blyth Dolores. Blyth was raised by Bongusto.

Bongusto enjoys playing football and tennis, and is very good at both sports. He enjoys antiquing and reading Tex Willer comics. Bongusto currently spends much of his time in Ischiamarker, in the village of Sant'Angelo, in the places which inspired some of his songs.

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