August 5, 2021

Raffaella Carrà, the iconic singer, dies at 78

The singer, actress and queen of Italian television Raffaella Carrà died this Monday at the age of 78 as a result of a disease that she kept secret until the last moment. Who has given the news that has shocked Italy has been Sergio Iapino, who was his partner for many years. With her, her country loses one of its greatest divas but also one of the most beloved icons of freedom in Spain, author of unforgettable hits such as Hot Hot O You have to come south, that marked entire generations.


“Raffaella has left us. He has gone to a better world, where his humanity, his unmistakable laugh and his extraordinary talent will remain forever,” said Iapino on behalf of his family. Carrà died at 4:20 pm this Monday without knowing details of his ailment, which “for some time had attacked his small body, but full of energy. The discretion with which he had hidden his condition had been his own desire, as “the umpteenth gesture of love towards his audience and towards those who have shared his affection, so that his personal ordeal does not disturb his luminous memory”.

Raffaella Carrà, singer, television presenter and popular icon from Italy

Raffaella Carrà was a singer, television presenter and popular icon from Italy


At the moment, both the place of death and the details of the funeral celebration are unknown. In his last wishes, Carrà asked for a simple unpolished wooden coffin and an urn to contain his ashes. The year of the pandemic had been an especially difficult year for the muse, which she acknowledged in her last interview at the Corriere della Sera that he was very afraid of Covid. “I do not go out and thus this 2020 has become a sabbatical year. On December 31 everything must be broken. I will do it on my terrace, at the cost of calling the bricklayer the day after,” he said, with his characteristic humor.

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Raffaella Carrà, in a file image

Raffaella Carrá is remembered for being a total artist who revolutionized television and exported her new show formulas all over the world, especially in Spain and Latin America, where she is very fond of her. He conquered the conservative Spain of the seventies as a new sexual myth, and from there he made the leap to the other side of the Atlantic.

She was born in Bologna, in the center of the country, in 1943 as Raffaella Maria Roberta Pelloni, her real name. He chose his artistic identity at the suggestion of a television director. The surname was taken from the futurist painter Carlo Carrà, but kept the Raffaella, which linked him to one of the greatest exponents of the Renaissance, Rafael. She never had children, but as she used to remember, she leaves all the viewers she conquered with her uncomplexed style and contagious joy orphans.

Iconic singer Raffaella Carrà dies at 78

Carrà began her prolific career when she was very young, and when she was only ten years old she moved to Rome to learn classical dance after begging her mother, separated, who raised her in an environment of absolute freedom that she displayed throughout her life. lifetime. It was a gay symbol long before Madonna arrived, a time when fighting for LGTBI rights was not so easy. At the World Pride held in Madrid in 2017, she was elected World Gay Icon to the general applause. “Each creature, respecting the others, must live their sexuality with freedom,” he said in an interview with this newspaper that same year.

The 1981 album 'Raffaella Carra' contained the text 'Mama give me 100 pesetas'.

The 1981 album ‘Raffaella Carra’ contained the text ‘Mama give me 100 pesetas’.

At the age of fifteen, he entered the Centro Sperimentale de Cinematografía, and five years later he landed in Barcelona with the Giulio Bosetti theater company to participate in the Latin Prose Festival, with the work of Diego Fabbri. The seducer. He began acting in films, including Colonel Von Ryan, con Frank Sinatra.

However, its true outburst came with the small screen. In Italy she became the queen of television, capable of singing, dancing and presenting, and she revolutionized the Christian Democratic RAI without fear of breaking taboos. She made her debut on the Tempo di Danza program in 1961 but became very famous seven years later, when she showed the navel presenting Canzonissima. Even the Vatican censured his style with the historic choreography of the sensual Tuca Tuca, for which it was nicknamed “the navel of Italy”. “I would never have imagined that my navel would make so much noise … for me it was natural to dress in the fashion of those times,” she said a few years ago.

In Spain, in addition to its famous songs such as How painful O FiestaShe is remembered for the programs Hola Raffaella on TVE and En casa con Raffaella on Tele 5. She guaranteed an immediate audience. Perhaps the greatest diva in Italy, in 2016 she announced through tears that she wanted to retire from television to pass the baton on to new generations.

The greatest personalities in show business, but also Italian politicians, have expressed their grief over the death of a national symbol. The President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, has defined it as a “television face par excellence that transmitted with his talent and sympathy a message of elegance, kindness and optimism.” “You were, you are, you will always be the queen. For me, for the whole world,” said Laura Pausini, for whom she was always a reference. Juventus has even said goodbye to her, the club of the heart of a passionate soccer fan and a fan of the Turin team.