Tony Renis

Tony Renis

Tony Renis in the 1990s
Background information
Birth name Elio Cesari
Born (1938-05-13) 13 May 1938
Milan, Italy
Genres Adult contemporary, pop, vocal
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, record producer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1958–2004
Labels Combo Record, La voce del padrone, RCA Italiana; Numero Uno, EMI Italiana, Warner Bros., et al.

Tony Renis (born May 13, 1938), stage name of Elio Cesari, is an Italian singer, composer, songwriter, music producer and film actor.

Life and career

Born in Milan, he debuted in the mid-1950s, paired with Adriano Celentano, performing an impression of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. In 1958, he signed to the label "Combo Record" as a singer and started releasing covers of Italian and American songs. In 1961, Renis debuted at the Sanremo Music Festival with the song "Pozzanghere".[1]

In 1962, Renis gained international success with the song "Quando, quando, quando", written with Alberto Testa and performed at the Sanremo Music Festival.[1] One year later, he won the same Festival with the song "Una per tutte", and, in 1967, he reached second place with the song "Quando dico che ti amo".[1]

In 1972, he composed the song "Grande grande grande" with Alberto Testa, successfully performed by Mina, and later by Shirley Bassey under the English translation title "Never Never Never".

In 1974, he won the Nastro d'Argento for the Best Score for the score of Brothers Blue.[2]

In the 1980s, Tony Renis mainly worked as music producer and, in 1981, he launched the career of Nikka Costa.[3]

In 1999, Renis received a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Oscar for the song "The Prayer", performed by Céline Dion and Andrea Bocelli, from the Quest for Camelot movie soundtrack.[3]

In 2005, he won a David di Donatello for the song "Merry Christmas in Love" from the film Christmas in Love. The song was also nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song at the 63rd Golden Globe Awards.

He received the America Award of the Italy-USA Foundation in 2016.

Selected discography

Tony Renis and Frank Sinatra celebrating a Gold record in 1985.

33s in Italy

45s in Italy

EP in Italy

33s abroad

45s abroad

EP abroad


Tony Renis with Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli in 2002.


  1. 1 2 3 Marcello Giannotti. L'enciclopedia di Sanremo. Gremese Editore, 2005. ISBN 88-8440-379-0.
  2. Enrico Lancia. I premi del cinema. Gremese Editore, 1998. ISBN 8877422211.
  3. 1 2 Mimma Gaspari. Penso che un "mondo" così non ritorni mai più. Baldini Castoldi Dalai, 2009. ISBN 88-6073-469-X.
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