Pino d’Angiò, Italo disco artist and ‘Age Of Love’ composer, dies aged 71

Italian newspaper Il Messaggero broke the news last Saturday, July 6th, describing him as “an icon of Italo disco music.” The cause of death was lung cancer.

Born Giuseppe Chierchia in Pompei in 1952, d’Angiò’s debut release was 1979 single “È Libero, Scusi?” Other highlights from his discography include “Un Concerto Da Strapazzo,” “Fammi Un Panino,” “Genoveffa” and “Ma Quale Idea,” a hit single that sold over two million copies. The track samples 1979 disco classic “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now” by McFadden & Whitehead.

Aside from Italo disco, d’Angiò also composed the harmony and lyrics for Age of Love’s self-titled trance classic. His contribution was “born in a totally random way,” he told Guerilla Bizarre, occurring spontaneously when he was visiting a friend in Belgium. “And then, the worst mistake of my life, I told him ‘do whatever you want with this, but please, don’t dare putting my artist name on any of it.'”

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