Hidden treasures

Fernando Capecchi: the manager of the Tuscan band is from Pistoia!

Big Names
Capecchi

Fernando Capecchi: the manager of the Tuscan band is from Pistoia!

Do you remember when Giorgio Panariello played as the character with the raincoat that came on stage holding his mobile phone and saying: ‘Roberta tell me....say hello to everyone'? As is often the case with the comic acts of the Tuscan character, this, like others, was not entirely the fruit of his imagination. To be honest it was basically the impersonation of Fernando Capecchi. Do you know who he is? Nothing less than the manager of Panariello himself but also of Conti, Pieraccioni and Ceccherini. He is the father of this bunch of born and bred Tuscans!

His story is truly one of bygone times. Capecchi was born in a small town in the province of Pistoia and his career as an ‘impresario’, i.e a manager, started right there: he contracted the orchestras for the dancing evenings of the Casa del Popolo! So it was that he met Iso Bellandi, an important manager from Emilia, who took him under his wing and taught him the trade, for which he evidently had a real talent!

In 1964 he began to tour Tuscany riding his Vespa but Fernando Capecchi got very far. In fact, from his collaboration with Gianni Ravera, he had the opportunity to work on important events such as Castrocaro, Miss Italia and also Sanremo. From this partnership comes the launch of artists such as Zucchero, Eros Ramazzotti, Fiordaliso, Paolo Vallesi and many others.

Recalling his career, Capecchi, who recently published a book about his own story entitled 'Saluta Tutti', points out that there are three very memorable moments of his fascinating journey: his work with Ravera, his discovery of Zucchero and having promoted the Conti-Panariello-Pieraccioni trio who still sell out at theaters all over Italy! We should really thank Fernando Capecchi for helping to launch the entertaining Tuscan band that has given us so much fun and laughter! Having said that, how about touring Tuscany on a Vespa just like Fernando Capecchi did in the 1960s? You could start with our Chianti Vespa Tour with typical lunch and wine tasting!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

Latest posts

Lamporecchio: The history of Brigidini from Lamporecchio.

brigidini-lamporecchio-1
Local Traditions

Brigidini…so tasty, who hasn’t heard of them? Their sweet scent pervades the air of any countryside fair or festival. They immediat...

View

Pistoia: Castagno of Pistoia: the small village-cum-museum.

castagno-di-piteccio-opera
Unknown places & works

Near Pistoia, to be precise only 12 km from the enchanting medieval city center, there is an equally charming village: Castagno di Pite...

View

Tuscany: A corner of Tibet near Pisa.

Pomaia_
Unknown places & works

Pomaia is a small village in the Municipality of Santa Luce in Pisa and here, among the hills, is the largest Buddhist center in E...

View

Pisa: Pisa’s torta coi bischeri.

torta con i bischeri
Local Traditions

Torta coi ‘bischeri’ is typical of San Giuliano Terme, in the province of Pisa. Just look at the photo to get an idea of how sweet ...

View

Top posts

Arezzo: Guido d'Arezzo and the invention of the music

Guido-d-Arezzo
Big Names

In Talla and surroundings people have no doubt: the inventor of the musical stave, the inventor of the music notes and also of the mode...

View

Pistoia: The Kiss of the Christs in Gavinana

Il-bacio-dei-cristi
Local Traditions

It is a very ancient but still popular rite. Two large processions that meet up with a Christ on the cross in front of each one: the he...

View

Siena: Piero Carbonetti and his tin drum

Piero-Carbonetti
Local Traditions

Subversive, persecuted, anarchist, homeless, dreamer: it is really difficult to define Piero Carbonetti, Tuscan bred and born and Garib...

View

Pisa: Kinzika, the young woman who saved Pisa from the Saracens

Kinzika
Local Traditions

It was really her, a young woman with an Arabian name, Kinzica, of the noble Sismondi family, to save Pisa from being sacked by Saracen...

View