Al Bano, pseudonym of Albano Antonio Carrisi (Cellino San Marco, 20 May 1943), is an Italian singer-songwriter, television personality and actor. Over the course of his career he has sold over 25 million records worldwide, and has also won 26 gold records and 8 platinum records.
From an early age he enjoyed playing the guitar and singing ditties and ditties from his homeland. He attended the "Pietro Siciliani" teaching institute in Lecce, which he left at seventeen to move to Milan. Working in the restaurant Ildollar in the Lombardy capital, frequented by showbiz personalities, he has the opportunity to make himself known to the master producer Pino Massara, who invites him to undergo an audition at Celentano-Massara, an affiliated production house open to looking for new talents.
Al Bano recorded his first album, La strada/Devo dirti di no in 1965 for Fantasy and began performing as a supporter in Adriano Celentano's shows, without however abandoning his job. He made his debut on television, on Settevoci, a musical game hosted by Pippo Baudo, where he managed to win the applause meter test for four consecutive weeks.
In 1967 he achieved his first success with the song Nel sole. His voice highlights him and makes him appreciated by the public and the press who speak of a "second Claudio Villa". Nel sole also becomes a film, which will have him and a young Romina Power as its protagonist: a sentimental bond is created between the two which will later lead, despite the opposition of their respective families, to marriage. They will also share a fantastic musical career together
After a career full of multiple successes, his last appearance on television is on 8 February 2023, and he performs as a guest at the Sanremo Festival together with Massimo Ranieri and Gianni Morandi with the best songs from their repertoire.