Over the years, the seductive voice
of Tino Rossi (1907-1983) has lost none of its ability to melt the
heart and captivate the soul.
Born Constantino Rossi in Ajaccio, Corsica, France, he became a tenor
of French cabaret and one of the great romantic idols of his time.
Gifted with an operatic voice, a "Latin Lover" persona made him a
movie star as well. Over his career, Rossi made hundreds of records
and appeared in more than 25 films, the most notable of which was the
1953 production, Si Versailles m'était conté directed by Sacha
Guitry. His romantic ballads had women swooning and his art-songs by
Jules Massenet (1842-1912), Reynaldo Hahn (1875-1947), and other
composers helped draw sold out audiences wherever he performed.
As a young man, he played guitar and sang at a variety of small venues
in his hometown of Ajaccio before going on to perform in Marseilles
and at resort clubs along the French Riviera. In the early 1930s he
went to Paris and within a few years achieved enormous success,
joining a Columbia Records roster that included the biggest stars of
the day such as Lucienne Boyer, Damia, Pills et Tabet, Mireille,
and Jean Sablon.
To this day, Tino Rossi remains a romantic idol whose legend lives on.