Watch LIKE | SHARE | GIANNI MORANDI-In Ginocchio Da Te - Gianni Morandi (born December 11, 1944) is an Italian pop singer and entertainer.He made his debut in 1962 and quickly placed high at or won a number of Italian popular song festivals, including the Canzonissima festival in 1969. In 1970, he represented Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest with Occhi di ragazza. His career went into a decline in the 1970s but underwent a revival in the 1980s. He won the Festival of Sanremo in 1987, placed second in 1995 and third in 2000.It is estimated that Morandi has sold 30 million recordings.[citation needed] His songs In ginocchio da te, Non son degno di te and Scende la pioggia were certified as having each sold over one million copies, and were awarded gold discs.[1] He has written a number of autobiographical books and appeared in 18 films. In TV he played Claude Jades husband Davide in the 1984 TV series Voglia di volare.BiographyGianluigi Morandi was born in a little village called Monghidoro on the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines. His father Renato was active within the Italian Communist Party and Gianni used to help him sell the party newspapers. At an early age Morandi worked as a shoe-shiner, cobbler and as a candy vendor in the villages only cinema. His vocal abilities led him to a number of small gigs, some of which were during the Communist Partys activities.In 1962 he was signed by RCA Italiana and achieved national stardom with the song Fatti mandare dalla mamma, and remained Italys darling throughout that decade. During the 1970s he experienced a period of decline; however, he regained popularity during the 1980s and won the Sanremo Music Festival in 1987 with Si può dare di più together with Enrico Ruggeri and Umberto Tozzi.He also played as actor in several TV series, as well as the host in popular Italian television shows.Morandi was chosen to be the host of Sanremo Music Festival 2011 together with Belén Rodriguez and Elisabetta Canalis. They were joined by comedians Luca Bizzarri and Paolo Kessisoglu from Italia 1s satire show Le Iene.[2]