This is a song was written by Mario Panzeri with the composition of Nicola Salerno in 1964 special for Gigliola Cinquetti.
Italy celebrated it’s first victory with the song Non Ho l’Età, performed by 16-year-old Gigliola Cinquetti.
This is the complete radio broadcast of the actual performance in Copenhagen in 1964 with added video and stills from the reprise to enhance it. The original video recordings were lost or destroyed so I used the short reprise video (more than once) to give a better feel for the original performance than the radio broadcast can give. I have also corrected the short section where lipsync on the original reprise clip (as used by Eurovision) is out.
I am doing this enhancement and reconstruction work for historical reasons, to give a unique and better insight into what it looked and sounded like as Gigliola sang, all those 56 years ago.
It seems that the broadcaster’s video of the contest was destroyed, either deliberately because it was not thought to be worth keeping, or accidentally in a fire at the DR (Denmark) Studios in the 1970’s. No other broadcaster kept a recording of the 1964 show and the longest video clip of the winning song is of the reprise at the end, and is only about one minute long.
I have extended this to match the complete sound recording by re-using parts of the video where suitable, and by inserting stills. Gigliola Cinquetti has been a well known singer in Italy, parts of Europe, South America and Japan, ever since her Eurovision win… including subsequent appearances in the same contest as singer (“Si”, or “Go” in English, came 2nd to Abba’s Waterloo in 1974 and was a UK top ten hit) and in 1991 as a host.
- She remains a well known singer in Italy and from time to time, a TV presenter too.
- She has released many hit albums there. Her record of this song (sung in Italian) entered the UK singles charts in 1964, reaching no. 17 and remaining in the chart (full chart not just top 20) for a remarkable 17 weeks, something that only three other Eurovision songs have achieved in the UK, though others have sold many more copies.
- Before winning Eurovision, Gigliola also won the San Remo Song Contest with the same song – there are complete video recordings of that on the Internet and you can tell the difference because at San Remo, she wore a light coloured dress but at Eurovision a dark one.