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Al Bano & Romina Power

Al Bano e Romina Power are one of the most famous duo in Italian music: they delivered wonderful songs, but also embodied for many a decade a magnificent love. When the couple met, in 1967, Al Bano was a young, talented Italian singer, who had just won “Un Disco per l’Estate” with “Nel Sole;” Romina was the beautiful daughter of Hollywood heart-throb Tyrone Power and famous actress Linda Christian. They met on the set of the a movie, “Nel Sole,” titled after Al Bano’s song: when a song was a hit, back in the 60s, it was not unusual to produce a movie, with the same title and starring its interpreter, to increase even more its success.

Al Bano and Romina perform at the 1976 Eurovision
Al Bano and Romina perform at the 1976 Eurovision (Nationaal Archief/wikimedia)

Romina’s family obstacled the relationship at first: Al Bano was only a young singer coming from the deep rural South of Italy, Romina was the daughter of two American stars, born in LA and used to the high life of the wealthy. The two, however, stood for their love and eventually married in 1970, when Romina was already expecting their first child, Ylenia.

Most people know about Al Bano’s career before Romina, but not many are aware of the fact Romina herself had been performing since a young age, and was already a star in her own right when she met her husband in 1967. She signed her first recording contract in 1966 and, in 1969, she won the young artists’ section of Festivalbar.

Their lives were torn apart after the disappearance, in 1994, of their daughter Ylenia, who went missing in New Orleans. She was never found and many believe it was this tragedy to separate the couple. The end of their marriage came at the end of the1990s, when they also separated professionally. Al Bano, blessed with a powerful, well trained voice, continued singing as a solo performer, while Romina decided to keep a more private profile, embracing private life with her children between the US and the South of Italy.

Their brand of carefree, catchy love music has had its fair share of critics in Italy (too superficial, too camp, Romina’s voice being too weak), but abroad it has always been a different story. Al Bano and Romina kept embodying a symbol of Italian popular culture in the world, even after their success waned in their home country. For almost three decades, they represented a sound, strong fixture of Italian traditional music, just as much as they embodied the symbol or genuine, long lasting love.

If their brand of simple, heart warming  love songs has been often criticized, their status as main representatives of a certain type of “feeling-good” Italian music is undeniable: songs such as “Felicità,” “Ci sarà,” “Nostalgia Canaglia,” “Cara Terra Mia,” have entered Italy’s popular collective memory and nor time neither their personal and professional splitting has eroded their popularity.

“Ci sarà,” performed at the 1984 Festival di Sanremo

After the Split

Al Bano and Romina’s lives were changed deeply by the tragedy of loosing their daughter Ylenia. After several years of appeals and searches, the couple decided to legally declare their daughter dead even though, it seems, Romina was not ready to do it, just yet. To many this was the last straw in an already failing relationship that, as it often happens, could not handle the strain and pain of such a huge loss.

Their divorce, it must be admitted, came as a bit of shock to the people of Italy: for decades Al Bano and Romina were a sort of icon of conjugal steadiness and seeing the two going their own separate ways was strange. While Romina, as we said, kept on working while maintaining a rather private profile, Al Bano soon returned to the front pages of gossip mags when he began a relationship with Italian show girl Loredana Lecciso, with whom he then had two children.

The great reunion

2014 has marked an important moment for the career of Al Bano and Romina, but also for their fans, as the two decided to start performing as a duo again. They began with concerts in Russia, Eastern Europe and the US, where fans acclaimed them as time had never passed. Then, in February 2015, their artistic partnership became official with their appearance as special guests at the Festival di Sanremo, where they perfomed fantastically, showing the same verve and complicity on stage that had made them famous.

Their personal relationship, which was polite, but far from warm for most of the 2000s, rekindled, even though both of them strongly deny rumours of being, once more, an item.

Al Bano and Romina back on the Festival di Sanremo stage, in 2015. 

What a strange phenomenon, Al Bano and Romina.

I have never been a fan, yet, as a child of 1980s, I grew up thinking of them as a loved-up couple: always together, with a beautiful family. Then tragedy hit and life got harsh on them, too.

When popular tv shows started pumping the news of their artistical reunion, my first thought was something on the lines of “things are going back to normal, then:” I keep not being keen on their music, yet, for some reason, in my mind (as in that of many people my age) they belong together. Of course, this comes from the fact we Italians are used to see them as a duo, but also from the fact their personal relationship has come to characterize them as much as their professional one.

I am pretty sure that many people, in spite of not openly admitting it, are hoping today Al Bano and Romina Powell will soon get back together in real life as they did professionally.

When a love story mirrored for decades those told in soap operas and romantic movies, you sort of hope they’ll end up the same way…

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Mary Nicolias
3 years ago

What a gorgeous couple♥️I am sure they will get back together, you can still see the love in their eyes. Their music is the best. Bravissimi Albano E Romina ♥️

4 years ago

i went to the Melbourne concert had I known that they had been here previous years I would have gone to those entertaining to watch there is chemistry there just have to watch them performing wish them all the best

4 years ago

My husband and I had the pleasure of seeing them perform on stage in Atlantic City at their October 26th show. It was my first time ever seeing them live. I thought I died and went to heaven!!! Never mind that I don’t speak Italian nor understood a single word of dialog exchanged during the show. Oh but those beautiful songs and melodies they sung together clearly speaks to the heart and no need for interpretation! I’d watch them again and a thousand times over if only they came performed here more often. God Bless them for spreading so much joy!

Alba Jennings
4 years ago

Saw Albano and Romina in Sydney Oct 2019, loved it! They belong together, it’s hard to imagine that they are both!
Very enjoyable concert, hope to see another one at some stage

4 years ago

I love them very much ! They are the most beautiful couple and singers. I hope they get back together .

Hatice Erçetin
5 years ago

I love them since I was a child and used to sing their songs all the time. Now my 4-year old daughter loves them a lot and sings their songs. Without their love this could not have happened.

5 years ago

Well I am following their songs and their carrier more than 4 decades, I really love their songs, and as I believe they also love each other ( it is a difficult not to love Romina) she was and still is beautiful and full of life , due what I saw at their last performances durring 2019, Al Bano really love Romina or he acts very well.

Hope to see them in the near future again at VERONA stadium….

5 years ago

Love them

5 years ago

I love them and they are good performers

5 years ago

Please come to Southern California…….

Rosa Bosco
5 years ago

Hope to see them perform together in Australia.

Hope to see them perform together in Australia.

joan dana
5 years ago

love them together