Lucio Dalla, (March 4, 1943 – March 1, 2012) was a popular Italian singer-songwriter, musician and actor. He also played clarinet and keyboards.
Dalla was the composer of “Caruso” (1986), a song dedicated to Italian tenor Enrico Caruso which has been covered by numerous international artists such as Luciano Pavarotti and Julio Iglesias. The version sung by Pavarotti sold over 9 million copies, and another version was a track on Andrea Bocelli’s first international album, Romanza, which sold over 20 million copies worldwide. This piece is also on Josh Groban’s album Closer, which sold over 5 million copies in the United States. The song is a tribute to the emblematic opera tenor Enrico Caruso. Maynard Ferguson also covered the song on his album “Brass Attitude”, after having previously paid tribute to Caruso with his rendition of “Vesti la giubba” (titled as “Pagliacci”) on the album Primal Scream.