Teddy Reno

Teddy Reno (born July 11, 1926 in Trieste) is an Italian singer, actor and record producer.

Teddy Reno
Born (1926-07-11) 11 July 1926
Occupationsinger-songwriter, actor
Years active1944–present
Rita Pavone (m. 1968)

Life and career

Born in Trieste as Ferruccio Merk Ricordi, Reno made his debut on Radio Trieste during the Anglo-American administration of the city, launching the song "Eterno ritornello (Te vojo ben)".[1] He later entered as a singer the orchestra of Teddy Foster, with whom he toured across Europe and North Africa.[2] In 1948 he founded one of Italy's first record companies, CGD (i.e. Compagnia Generale del Disco), which he later sold to Ladislao Sugar, a publisher of Hungarian origin and future owner of the Sugar Group.[3][4][5] He enjoyed a great degree of success as a singer in the 1950s. In the 1960s he focused his career on discovering and producing new talents, mainly through the Festival degli sconosciuti (Festival of the Unknowns) which he created in 1961.[2][3] Some or Reno's discoveries at the Festival include The Rokes, Dino and Rita Pavone, whom he married in 1968.[2][3]

Reno was also active as a film and stage actor and a television and radio presenter.[3]


  1. Peppino Ortoleva, Barbara Scaramucci. Radio. Garzanti Libri, 2003. ISBN 881150497X.
  2. Giorgio Dell’Arti, Massimo Parrini. Catalogo dei viventi. Marsilio, 2009. ISBN 978-88-317-9599-9.
  3. Eddy Anselmi. Festival di Sanremo: almanacco illustrato della canzone italiana. Panini Comics, 2009. ISBN 8863462291.
  4. Enrico Deregibus. Dizionario completo della Canzone Italiana. Giunti Editore, 2010. ISBN 8809756258.
  5. Mark Worden. "Sugarmusic Turns 70". Billboard. Vol. 115, Num. 3, p.23, 18 January 2003. ISSN 0006-2510.
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