In his youth, hopes for a singing career for Salvatere Adamo almost collapsed. The head of the church choir called the voice of the young singer unpleasant, and at the very first competition the young performer was accused of mediocrity and false notes in singing, almost kicked out.
The famous Jacques Brel called the Belgian chansonnier a gentle singer of love. The artist spent more than half a century on the stage. He has performed hundreds of songs and sold over 100 million records.
The road to triumph
The biography of the future star began in 1943. The boy was born in the Italian city of Comiso. In the family of a miner, he was the eldest of 6 children. Soon, he moved to Belgium, to his father's new place of work.
The boy's dreams were to learn how to play the guitar. The first instrument was presented to the grandson by his grandfather. The singer keeps the gift to this day in a place of honor.
At school, Adamo studied well. The graduate continued his education in college, choosing a teaching career. At the same time, he dreamed of singing on stage.
In 1959, the young man took part in a vocal competition for the first time. Victory on Radio Luxembourg. came as a surprise. The songs performed by Salvatore sounded everywhere. For himself, the vocalist chose a youth style.
The lyrical orientation of the theme, which made the artist famous as a sensual and refined vocalist, was especially vividly manifested in the single "Si j'osais". The place of incendiary dance motifs in the vocalist's work was firmly taken by brooding and slow melodies.
In 1963, the artist presented the album "63/64", most of the songs for which he wrote himself. Several songs became hits, including "Tombe la neige", which became the singer's business card.
The composition "Snow is Falling" sounded in the most prestigious concert halls in Belgium and France. A separate Japanese version has been released. The solo concert of the chansonnier was triumphantly held at Olympia. Since 1970, the singer has acted as an arranger of his songs.
In 1967, Adamo played one of the leading roles in the film "The Arno Family" and wrote the track "Vivre" for the film. In 1970, the chansonnier managed to realize himself again as a producer and director in the film "Island of Poppies". The performer became a world-class pop star in the seventies.
Work and home
The artist does not stop creativity to this day. In 2016 his disc "L'Amour n'a jamais tor" was released. The chansonnier celebrated the anniversary in 2018 with a number of concerts.
The artist's personal life also developed successfully. He met his chosen one Nicole Durand at the age of 14. In 1969, a supportive girlfriend became the vocalist's wife. Three children have grown up in their family. The musicians were daughter Amelie and son Benjamin. The firstborn, Anthony, chose a career as a pilot.
In 1993, the singer became a Goodwill Ambassador. The first of the pop musicians in 2001, he was awarded the title of Knight of the King of Belgium. A year later, the singer was awarded the Order of the Legion of Honor.
The artist has published a biographical book "Le souvenir du bonheur est encore du bonheur".